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School of History

Dr Soile Ylivuori


Marie Curie Research Fellow



I am a graduate of University of Helsinki, where my doctoral research examined the relationship between didactic conduct ideals and elite women’s possibilities for autonomous subjectivity in the English eighteenth-century polite society. I also spent a year as a visiting doctoral student at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge.


Research Interests:

My current research project investigates the interconnectedness of nationality and race in Georgian England and its colonies. I am particularly interested in the ways national and ethnic identities were performed through ‘proper’ behaviour and, therefore, were changeable and negotiable. My research interests include:

  • Early modern British and European history
  • Cultural and intellectual history
  • Historical construction of identities
  • History of gender and ethnicity in the early modern period
  • Poststructuralist and feminist history