ECR Takeover

The #MonsterTakeover showcases the research of our postgraduate and early career researchers as we hand over control to our readers.

It is early 2021. Large parts of the globe are in lockdown to try to limit the ravages of the covid-19 pandemic. Conferences and Symposia are postponed and there is still a long road to travel back to ‘normal’. What better moment to give you an alternative way to encounter and engage with cutting edge research on the past, in a digestible format that can fit in around online teaching, caring duties, daily exercise and lying on the floor in a darkened room breathing deeply, etc.

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Below you will find links to posts written by early career scholars (baggily defined as budding historians who do not have a permanent job), showcasing their research and airing views on academic life. If there is an aspect of research that you would like to blog about, then head over to our introductory post for more details. We can’t offer a full scholarly peer review service, but if we like your post and it fits the themes of the blog, we will publish it.

Imogen Knox, The devil will tear me in pieces’: Self-destruction and sympathy in a seventeenth-century witchcraft case.

Scott Eaton, A Poor Hand-Maid’s Tale: Love, Petitioning and Print in Seventeenth-Century England.

Ellen Paterson, A ‘slanderous & scandalous’ petition: the Dyers’ Company and a burdensome petitioning campaign in early Jacobean England.

Graham Moore, The Price of Fish: Formal and Informal Justice in London’s 17th-century Docklands.

Joe Saunders, The ‘Lowest Sort’ in the Print Trade of 17th-century England.

Eleanor Hedger, Execution Ballads and the Popular Imagination in Seventeenth Century England.

Robert Daniel, Religious Persecution and Child Loss in Early Modern England.

Christophe Schellekens, Teaching as an early modernist to non-historians: a brief reflection

Daniel Phillips, The beloved zoo pet ‘Jumbo the Elephant’: Animal History as History from Below

Dom Birch, The Life of a Lawyer, Litigant and Mediator in Elizabethan England

Christopher Booth, The World in a Jar: Apothecary Shops and Globalisation in Early Modern England

Tyler Rainford, Tasting America: Rum Punch and Barbecue in Early Modern London

Daniel Gettings, Forsaken baptisms and crocodile tears: how water revealed witchcraft in early modern England

Sarah-Jayne Ainsworth, Not so Silent Witnesses: hearing voices in early modern wills

Nikki Clarke, ‘Great fears of the Sicknesse here in the City’: Researching news in the 1665 plague during a pandemic

More to come!