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Leonie Hannan

Dr Leonie Hannan

Queen's University Research Fellowship

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Research Interests

Leonie Hannan's doctoral research explored the role of letter-writing in women’s engagement with the life of the mind in England in the period c.1650-1750 and argued that the material processes of correspondence affected the traffic of ideas. The research took an inclusive approach in its definition of intellectual activity, which facilitated the examination of diverse forms of self-education, self-development and scholarship. Her current research focuses on the practice of scientific enquiry as it took place in the eighteenth-century home. This study takes the material culture of the home as its starting point and investigates the tools within reach of early modern householders in their search for knowledge. The research therefore treats intellectual work as just one of many household rituals and, by doing so, illuminates new connections between the domestic and the investigative.

Over the last ten years, Leonie has also worked extensively in museums and heritage and built collaborative working relationships between researchers, teachers, curators, museum collections and heritage sites. She is interested in the ways in which museum objects can provoke cross-disciplinary and collaborative interactions for students and researchers alike and has worked with colleagues to investigate the creative potential of such engagements.


Leonie is a member of the 100 Hours Research Group, which brings together twelve early career researchers from a range of arts, humanities and social science disciplines around the study of material culture. See: She is also a founding member of The Heritage Project at Queen's University Belfast and a member of the organising committee for the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 2019 Congress.

social and cultural history, gender and material culture

histories of home

histories of intellectual life

heritage collections and adult learning

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Frequent Journals

  • Reviews in History

    ISSNs: 1749-8155


  • Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies

    ISSNs: 1754-0194

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1754-0208


  • Journal of British Studies

    ISSNs: 0021-9371

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1545-6986

    University of Chicago

    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.306 SNIP 1.226


  • Women's Writing

    ISSNs: 0969-9082

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1747-5848


    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.124 SNIP 0.1


  • Women's History Review

    ISSNs: 0961-2025

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1747-583X

    Taylor and Francis Ltd.

    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.22 SNIP 0.57


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