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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.
Leonie is very happy to be approached as a PhD supervisor on topics relating to the areas of enquiry outlined above.
social and cultural history, gender and material culture
histories of home
histories of intellectual life
heritage collections and adult learning
Dealing with difficult pasts: the public history of conflict, institutionalisation, and trauma in IrelandPurdue, O. & Hannan, L., 2021, (Accepted) Routledge. 260 p. (Global Perspectives on Public History)
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Hannan, L., Carney, G., Devine, P. & Hodge, G., 20 Nov 2020, Women and Ageing: Private Meaning, Social Lives. O'Neill, M. & Schrage-Früh, M. (eds.). Routledge
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed) › peer-review
Hannan, L., 26 Nov 2020, A Cultural History of Home in the Enlightenment . Edwards, C. (ed.). London: Bloomsbury Academic, Vol. 4. p. 109-129 (The Cultural Histories Series).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed)
Hannan, L., 01 Jan 2019, In: History of Intellectual Culture. 11, 1, 18 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile103 Downloads (Pure)
Women of the country house in Ireland, 1860–1914. By Maeve O'Riordan. Pp 339. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. 2018.Hannan, L., 13 Dec 2019, In: Irish Historical Studies. 43, 164, p. 348-349 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article
Hannan, Leonie (Recipient), 01 Jul 2014
Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively