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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: - social and cultural history, gender, family and material culture - histories of home - histories of intellectual life and/or letter-writing - heritage collections and adult learning


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Research Interests

Leonie Hannan is a social and cultural historian working on intellectual life in the long eighteenth century, with a focus on themes of gender, material culture and domestic space. She is currently working on a second monograph for Manchester University Press, entitled A Culture of Curiosity: Scientific Enquiry in the Eighteenth-Century Home and an edited volume for Routledge (with Olwen Purdue) on Dealing with Difficult Pasts: the Public History of Trauma in Ireland.

Leonie'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. Her monograph, Women of Letters: Gender, Writing and the Life of the Mind in Early Modern England was published in 2016.

Leonie works collaboratively with scholars from other disciplines and through these partnerships is working on projects concerned variously with ageing, cultures of care and practices of material attention. She also publishes on pedagogy, specifically relating to the role of heritage objects and spaces in adult learning. Leonie's collaborations have also led to a number of books: History through Material Culture (with Sarah Longair); Gender and Material Culture in Britain since 1500 (with Hannah Greig and Jane Hamlett); The Changing Arts of Communication in the Eighteenth Century (with Penelope Corfield); and Engaging the Senses: Object-Based Learning in Higher Education (with Helen J. Chatterjee).

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 Hannan is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the Steering Committee for the Centre for Public History at Queen's University and on the Advisory Committee for the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies. She is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Queen's University. Leonie is also part of the 100 Hours research group which experiments with methodologies for material culture research. See also https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Leonie-Hannan 

Leonie is very happy to be approached as a PhD supervisor on topics relating to the areas of enquiry outlined above.

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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