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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.

      Research Interests

      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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