Ms Lyndsay Galpin

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Educational background

MA Public History, Royal Holloway, University of London (2014-2015)

BA (Hons) History, Royal Holloway, University of London (2011-2014)

Research interests

My primary research interest is in the history of 19th-Century Britain, particularly focusing on the social and cultural histories of gender, class, religion, emotions, and medicine.

My PhD thesis, 'By His Own Hand: Suicide and Masculinity in Nineteenth-Century Britain', explores the narratives surrounding male suicide in 19th-century Britain and what this reveals about comtemporary ideas of masculinity. Looking at the ways in which suicidal men are represented in press reports, as well as medical writing, literature, and religious texts, the thesis uses suicide to look at the lives, values and beliefs of the 19th century.

This research comes at a time when the male suicide rate is increasingly the subject of media and public interest, and concern is growing that the masculine image of emotional reserve and stoic endurance poses a threat to men's mental health.

 

Papers

“At nature’s mighty feast there is no vacant cover for him”: Suicide, shame, and the unproductive man in 19th-century Britain, Gendered Emotions, University of Sheffield (29th June 2018)

Death before the workhouse: Poverty and the Politicization of Suicide, Literature and Social Emotions, University of Bristol (22nd June 2018)

Character on Trial: Speculation, Fraud, and the Suicide of John Sadleir, Social History Society 2018, Keele University (11th-13th June 2018) 

“Disordered his mind by over-speculation”: Swindlers, Speculators, and Suicide, Suicide, Society and Crisis, University of Sheffield (18th-19th May 2018)

“At nature’s mighty feast there is no vacant cover for him”: Suicide, masculinity, and the unproductive man in 19th-century Britain, History Lab Seminar, Institute of Historical Research (May 3rd 2018)

“Died of a broken heart”: Men’s suicidal responses to heart-break and the gender of emotional pain, Gender and Pain, Birkbeck, University of London (24th-25th March 2017)

“Unhealthy Sentimentality”: The Male Love-suicide and Emotional Masculinity in Victorian Britain, Anxious Forms 2016, University of Glasgow (27th October 2016)

 

Awards

Friendly Hand Full PhD Scholarship (2015-2018)

Teaching

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Business and Economic Performance since 1945: Britain in International Context, London School of Economics (2017/2018)

Graduate Teaching Assistant, The Victorians: British History, 1837-1901, Royal Holloway (Autumn 2017)

Visiting Lecturer, Crime and Punishment in England, 1750-1900, University of Roehampton (Spring 2017)

 

 

Other work

Research Assistant, Utopian Literature: A Web Portal, Royal Holloway, University of London (2015)

 

Other Activities

Conference Co-ordinator, Rethinking Gender: New Perspectives and Future Directions, Beford Centre for the History of Women and Gender, Royal Holloway, University of London (2016-17)

Postgraduate Representative, Bedford Centre for the History of Women and Gender (2016-)

Seminar Convenor, Royal Holloway History Postgraduate Seminar (2016-)

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