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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. Her second monograph for Manchester University Press: A Culture of Curiosity: Scientific Enquiry in the Eighteenth-Century Home is forthcoming alongside an edited volume for Routledge (with Olwen Purdue) on Dealing with Difficult Pasts: the Public History of 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, the resulting 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 currently on the Advisory Boards for the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies and the Northern Irish Museums Council.

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. She is on the Executive Board of the international research group Scientiae: Disciplines of Knowing. She is the Director of the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies and Co-Lead of the Science and Culture Research Group at Queen's University. Leonie is also part of the 100 Hours research group which experiments with methodologies for material culture research.

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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