Upcoming Soon:

‘Facing the Wrinkles of Time!  Urban Agency of the Elderly in Early Modern Europe’.  European Association of Urban History, Rome, Italy, 29 August – 1 September 2018.


Recent Media:

Pain in Old Age:  Centuries of Suffering in Silence?  The conference podcasts.

Interviewed about ageing in the English past.

Invited Lectures:

‘Intersectionality:  Age and Agency.  Keynote Address, Wise or Worn Out?  Growing Old in the Seventeenth-Century Low Countries’.  Conference of the Netherlandish Study Group the Seventeenth Century (DZE) Leuven (Belgium) – 27 August 2016 (KULeuven)

‘The Gender Neutrality of Old Age:  Ageing, Medicine, and Money in Early Modern Europe’, The Richard E. Geiger Lecture, St Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, 13 November 2014.

‘Keeping Time at Bay:  Old Age, Medicine, and Money in Early Modern England’, University of Durham, Institute of Advanced Study, Speaker Series on ‘Time’,  1 May 2013.

Keynote, Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies, Penn State University at Abbington, March, 2011.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keynote Speaker for Women’s History Month, March, 2010.

University of Essex, England, Department of History, February, 2006.

The Institute of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, April, 2006.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keynote Speaker for Women’s History Month,  March 2005.

University of Maryland, College Park, Department of History, February 2005.

Eastern Washington University, Keynote Speaker for Women’s History Month, 2003.

University of Pittsburgh, The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, March 2001.

Presentations Include:

‘Not Suffering in Silence:  Pain and the Seventeenth-Century Medicalization of Old Age’, Social Science History Conference, Vienna, Austria (forthcoming) 23-26 April 2014.

‘From Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II: Has Care for the Elderly Changed?’, School of Health, Sport and Bioscience University of East London, 13 May 2013.

‘The Changing Nature of a “Good Old Age” in Early Modern England’, Society, Culture and Belief, 1500-1800 Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 14 February 2013.

‘Still Vigorous Despite their Years:  Old Age in Early Modern English Medicine’, Department of History Seminar Series, King’s College, London, 8 May 2013.

‘The Pains of Old Age and the Medicalization of Ageing in Early Modern England’, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology Seminar Series, Birkbeck University of London,  5 March 2013.

‘Disappearing Old Women:  Medicine and Menopause in Early Modern Medicine’, Women’s Bodies; Women’s Work, 1600-1800 Workshop, Department of History, King’s University of London,  27 February 2013.

‘Old Age, The Body, and Medicine’, Pybus Research Seminar in the History of Medicine, University of Newcastle, England, 21 November 2012.

‘Not Suffering in Silence:  Pain and the Seventeenth- Century Medicalization of Old Age, Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease, Durham University, England, , 22 November 2012.

Comment, ‘Medical Literacies’, The North American Conference on British Studies, 18-20 November 2011.

‘”The Voylence of this my Fall:  Falling and the Elderly in Early Modern England”, European Social Science History Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, 11-14 April 2012.

Comment, ‘Gender, Political Thought and the Shaping of Early Modern Politics’, European Social Science History Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, 11-14 April 2012.

‘A Respectful Challenge to the Nineteenth-Century’s View of Itself:  An Argument for the Early Modern Medicalization of Old Age’, The Cultural Politics of Ageing in the Nineteenth Century Conference, University of Regensburg, Germany, 24-26 November 2011.

‘A Matter of Age:  Old Age, Women, and the Importance of Age as an Analytical Category’, Sixteenth Century Society Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, 27-30 October 2011.

Roundtable, ‘Age and Generation as a Category of Analysis in Women’s and Gender History’, Berkshire Conference on the History of Women,  June,  2011.

Comment, ‘Thicker than Water, Thinner than Blood: Stepmothers and Other others in Medieval and Early Modern Europe’, Berkshire Conference on the  History of Women, June, 2011.

Chair, ‘Beliefs and the Body: Suffering, Faith and Physicality in Early Modern Britain’, North American Conference on British Studies, Baltimore, MD, 12-14 November, 10.

‘Methodological Approaches to Writing the Social History of Elite Peasants: England in he 16th and 17th Centuries’.  A paper read at the European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC)  Ghent, Belgium, 3-16 April 2010.

Comments, ‘New Perspectives on Early Modern Poor Relief’ Panel.  European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC), Ghent, Belgium, 13-16 April 2010.

‘From Piety to Profit:  The Changing Nature of a “Good Old Age” in Seventeenth-Century ngland’, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, New Orleans, 8-11 April 2009.

‘Coughs, Creaks, and Shuffling Feet:  The Gender-Neutral Nature of Old Age in English Household Medicine, 1500-1700’.  European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC), University of Lisbon, Portugal, 26 February -1 March, 2008.

‘The Gender-Neutral Nature of Old Age’, North American Conference on British Studies, San Francisco, CA, 9 November 2007.

‘The Disappearance of the Female:  Women’s Ageing Bodies in Early Modern England’, Sixteenth-Century Society and Conference, Minneapolis, MN, 26 October 2007.

Elizabeth Freke and the Medicalization of Old Age in Early Modern  England’, ‘Ageing Stories:  Narrative Construction of Age and Gender’ Conference.  University of Greifswald, Germany, 4-6 September 2006.

‘When the healer becomes the patient:  old age and illness in the life of Elizabeth Freke, 1641-1714’,Women, Health and Healing in Early Modern Europe Conference. The Institute of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, 21 April 2006.

‘The Changing Face of Old Age:  Eye Treatments and the Elderly in Early Modern England’, Anglo-American Conference, The Institute of Historical Research, The University of London, 4 July 2003.

‘Agents of their Destines: Poor, Old Women in Early Modern England’, European Social Science History Conference. The Hague, The Netherlands, 2 March 2002.

‘Women’s Experience in Early Modern England’, The Worlds of John Winthrop:  England and New England, 1588-1649 Conference.  Millersville University of Pennsylvania,17-18 September 1999.

‘Image of Old Age in English Cheap Print’, Old Age in Pre-Industrial Society Conference.  Ithaca College Gerontology Institute. September 1999.

‘Women, Menopause and Poverty: The Cultural Construction of Old Age in Early Modern England’, Mid-Atlantic Conference of British Studies, New York, 3-4 April 1998.

Panel organizer: ‘Women and the Cultural Construction of Old Age’. Mid-Atlantic  Conference of British Studies, New York, 3-4 April 1998.

Commentator for  ‘Women and Ageing in Early Modern England’ panel, Northeastern Conference of British Studies. Dartmouth College, 26-27 September 1997.

‘Old Age and the Marginally Poor in Seventeenth-Century Suffolk’, American Historical Association’s Annual Meeting, January 1997.

‘The Widow and the Means of her Support: Old Age Provisions for Widows ofthe Middling Sort’.  Northeastern Conference of British Studies. Middleton, Conn.              11-12 October 1996.

‘”The Old Women’s Wish”: Widows by the Family Fire’, International Social Science History Association. New Orleans, LA., 10-11 October 1996,

‘Aged and Impotent:  Parish Relief of the Aged Poor in Early Modern Suffolk’, Neale  Lecture and Colloquium in British History:  Who is My Neighbour?  Charity, Self- Interest and Welfare, University College London, 3-4 February 1995.

‘Provision for the Elderly in Early Modern Suffolk’, Centre for East Anglian Studies, University of East Anglia, 21 October 1994.

‘Aged and Impotent:  The Elderly and Parish Poor Relief’, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford, 9 June 1994.

‘Widows, Wills, and Old Age Provisions in Early Modern Suffolk’, Tudor History Seminar, Queen’s College, University of Cambridge, 4 May 1994.

‘Images of Old Age:  Representations in Cheap Print’, Early Modernist Seminar,Jesus College, University of Cambridge, 11 April 1994.

‘Aged Pensioners in Early Modern Suffolk’, Social and Economic History Seminar, Jesus College, University of Cambridge, 10 February 1994.

‘The Aged in the Past’, Institute of Gerontology, King’s College, University of London, 8 December, 1992.

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