At the University of Sheffield I shall complete my second book: a comparative, cultural history of the hairdresser.
In 2016 I visited the University of Basel’s Media Studies department, on a Worldwide Universities Network mobility grant (£1,815), in order to speak on the connection between barbers and butlers – Markus Krajewski has written extensively on the latter.
I also collaborated with Vicki Robinson (Sociology, Sheffield/York) and Giselinde Kuipers in the Netherlands, having been awarded £9,962 for strategic alignment with Cultural Sociology in Amsterdam. Part of this project was a conference on aesthetic labour.
I won £3,962 from the Wellcome Trust to collaborate with Oslo’s Institute for Health and Society on hairdressing, healthcare and cancer narratives in particular, working with Kari Nyheim Solbraekke, following a talk I gave in January 2016. Find out more here.
I organize the research seminars in Germanic Studies at Sheffield, having made the series comparative from 2015 onwards. More information is available here.
I hold the Association for Project Management’s Project Fundamentals Qualification. Academically, I’m a member of the English Goethe Society and the British Comparative Literature Association.