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Durham University

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Kirstyn Raitz

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Urban Prostitution in London and Paris, 1650-1800 in the Department of History

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I have an MA in Early Modern History from Durham University and a BA in History with a minor in European Studies from San Francisco State University in the United States.

My current research compares the history of prostitution in Paris and London during the eigheenth century. While I aim to further understand the nature of urban prostitution during this period, I am also concerned with the ways in which sex workers were perceived as indicators of other, larger urban anxieties and problems. To this aim, I hope to map, both conceptually and geographically, the landscape of prostitution within the two capital cities. Using a combination of sources that span from criminal and medical records to pornography and pamphlet literature, this project will attempt to offer a more nuanced account of prostitution and its effect on the urban social climate. 

Research Interests

  • Concepts of urban disorder in early modern Europe
  • Eighteenth-century notions of crime
  • History of sexual deviance

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Selected Grants

  • 2017: Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies Small Research Grant
  • 2017: Society for the Study of French History Research Grant
  • 2017: Ustinov Travel Award
  • 2015: Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies Small Research Grant