Research

‘How fire remade the European city, 1550-1850’, funded by the Australian Research Council.

  • Fire was not solely a destructive force, but a creative one, whose multiple uses and cultural meanings transformed urban life. Placing it at the heart of urban history enables us to understand almost every aspect of European cities differently. By constructing a fire history of a range of very different European cities from the mid 16th to the mid 19th century, this project will offer a new interpretation of European urban history.

I am also working on a history of religious confraternities in eighteenth-century Paris and a comparative social history of Paris, Milan and Stockholm in the eighteenth century.

With a number of other scholars, I am working on a history of women’s letters.