At the University of Sheffield I shall complete my second book: a comparative, cultural history of the hairdresser.

In 2018, I am organsing a conference on spas, hotels and resorts in Central Europe since circa 1900. See the Call for Papers here.


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.

Following on from my earlier interest in prefacing (and other ‘paratextual’ forms),  Rachel Stenner in Sheffield’s English department and I have set up a group for book history. Read about it here.

I organize the research seminars in Germanic Studies at Sheffield, having made the series comparative from 2015 onwards. More information is available here. From the academic year 2017 – 2018 onwards, I am organising the research seminars for the School of Languages and Cultures.

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.

Post: Germanic Studies, School of Languages and Cultures
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