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Dr Naomi Pullin

Naomi Pullin
College Research Associate
SpecialisationEarly modern Atlantic History
Research interestsI am a historian of the early modern British Atlantic with research specialisms in gender and dissenting history. My postdoctoral research project, which is supported by the Leverhulme Trust and match-funded by the Isaac Newton Trust, investigates the relationship between female enmity and friendship in England and its North American colonies between 1650 and 1775. The seventeenth- and eighteenth centuries have frequently been regarded as an age of sociability and politeness, as new spaces for sociable interaction emerged like the coffee house, tea table and salon. But my project seeks to explore the tensions and opportunities for isolation and exclusion that emerged in these interactions and spaces. Through detailed exploration of the concepts of ‘friendship’ and ‘enmity’ as recorded by women (and their male counterparts) in diaries, correspondence and in published treatises and periodicals, my project seeks to challenge accepted frameworks on female sociability in the early Enlightenment by showing how an emerging culture of civility and politeness enhanced discussions about enmity and hostility. This research project has developed out of the doctoral work I completed at the University of Warwick in 2014. This work offered the first history of Quaker women in the British Atlantic between 1650 and 1750.