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Ariane Fennetaux

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Title: Associate Professor


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Twitter: @ArianeFennetaux

Research Themes:

  • 18th-century material culture
  • dress and textiles
  • pockets
  • global history
  • recycling

Current Projects:

  • My monograph, co-written with Barbara Burman and entitled The Pocket : A Hidden History of Women’s Lives 1660-1900, will be published in May 2019 by Yale Univeristy Press.
  • I am currently working on eighteenth-century material culture in a global context. In particular, I have a project on banyans/dressing gowns and the circulation of techniques, aesthetics and practices in the globalising world of the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • I am the principal instigator of the Global Matters research project which studies global material circulations and the history of techniques. The project is jointly supported by LARCA, CRCAO, ICT, SPHERES and LIED and aims at facilitating publications on topics related to material culture, the history of techniques et global history. Collaboration with museums and their curators will lead to a series of short outreach videos giving insights into aspects of the research..

Education and Academic Positions:

  • 1994, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Fontenay St Cloud, English
  • 1997, Agregation
  • 2000, MA. Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Thesis title: Addressing Undress.
  • 2006, Ph.D., Université Paris Diderot. Dissertation Title: ‘Such Stuff as Privacy is Made On’: L’Intimité et les objets en Grande Bretagne au 18ème siècle.
  • 2000-2003, Junior Lecturer (Monitrice), Université Paris Diderot.
  • 2004-2006, Junior Lecturer (ATER), Université Paris X-Nanterre
  • 2007-present, Associate Professor (Maître de conférences), Université Paris Diderot

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Elected Member of the CA
  • Elected Member of the CS
  • Co-leader of the Axe Premières Modernités
  • Co-leader of the Traverse: Culture matérielle en question
  • Liaising officer for digital matters (réferent numérique)
  • Member of the steering committee of the GIS ACORSO (link)

Research Supervision:

  • material culture
  • decorative arts
  • dress, textile and fashion
  • social and cultural history 16th-19th century

Selected Publications:

  • The Afterlife of Used Things: Recycling in the Long 18th century. A. Fennetaux, A. Junqua et S. Vasset eds. New York: Routledge, 2015.
  • “Les poches ou la voie/voix moyenne: pratiques et valeurs de la middling sort britannique au 18ème siècle”. RSEEA 17-18 n°72, 2015, pp. 129-150.
  • “Women, Fashion & Sentiment: Mourning Jewellery in Britain c.1800” in Women and Death, Maureen Goggin & Beth Fowkes Tobin, eds. Ashgate, 2014, pp. 27-50.

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