Professor Sarah Toulalan

Research interests

My main research interests are to do with issues relating to the body, sex and sexuality, gender, health and medicine. I am currently researching body size, shape and body management (fat/thin bodies) and health; ageing, sex and health; and sexual practice and health.  My primary area of research at the moment is to do with children and sex in early modern England.

Current Projects I am currently working on a project/monograph funded by the Leverhulme Trust on Children and sex in early modern England: knowledge, consent, abuse c.1550-1750.  This builds on an earlier research project on Bodies, sex and health in early modern England which was supported by a British Academy Small Research Grant.

Selected seminar and conference papers

'Fat bodies and reproduction', Reading Early Modern Studies Conference, July 2013

‘women that be leane & slender do not conceaue’: thin bodies and infertility in early modern England', Infertility in Science and History Conference, Edinburgh, July 2013

'Puberty in early modern England' at European Association for the History of Medicine and Health, Utrecht September 2011

'Children and venereal disease in early modern England' at the Anglo-American conference, London July 2011

'Diagnosing child sexual abuse in early modern England', Cambridge 2010

Organised the conference ‘Gender, Health and Medicine in Historical Perspective’, Exeter 2008.

'Children and sexuality in early modern England', Sexual histories: bodies and desires uncovered, University of Exeter 2007

‘Women, sex and power: the representation of flagellation in seventeenth-century pornography’, Women’s History Network Annual Conference 2004, University of Hull, Women Wealth and Power,

‘The representation of pain and pleasure in seventeenth-century pornography’, Balliol College, Oxford

‘‘As pleasure borders on pain, so pain borders on pleasure’: the representation of flagellation in seventeenth-century pornography’, University of Hull, History Department Research Seminar ‘Fertility and the Representation of Sexual Pleasure in Seventeenth-Century Pornography’, Dorset Family History Society, Dorchester