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BA, MA, and PhD (York)
Emilie is a Lecturer in Early Modern History and a member of the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. Her research interests lie in the cultural and religious history of England, and English-speaking people, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She is currently co-investigator on the AHRC-funded international research network ‘Soundscapes in the Early Modern World’.
Emilie has wide interests in the cultural and religious history of England, and English-speaking people abroad, from 1500-1700. In particular, she is interested in the use of sensory methodologies to uncover more about the past, and has previous and ongoing projects that consider sounds, voice and language, and various aspects of performance culture.
Emilie’s doctoral research analysed the multifaceted ways post-Reformation English Catholics utilised music – defined to include vocal and instrumental sounds, performance, composition, and material culture – to forge individual and communal identities during the late Elizabethan and early Stuart period. This resulted in several peer-reviewed articles, and the findings were shared with the general public through features on radio, television, and in a national newspaper.
Significantly developing and extending this research, Emilie is currently working on her first monograph, The Reformation of the Soundscape in Early Modern England, 1540-1640 which investigates the acoustic impact of the English Reformation.
Alongside sound, Emilie has also worked on voice and language to explore the ways in which English Catholic exiles negotiated language barriers on the continent. (See her profile in the York Research Database for more information on these and other publications.) This investigation arose during her time as a post-doctoral researcher on the European Research Council funded project ‘The Reception and Circulation of Women’s Writing, 1550-1700’ at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she remains a Research Associate.
Emilie is co-investigator on the AHRC-funded international research network ‘Soundscapes in the Early Modern World’.
Emilie welcomes enquiries from anyone considering postgraduate research on any aspect of the religious and/or cultural history of early modern England (and English-speaking people abroad). She would be particularly interested in enquiries from individuals with projects that consider music and/or the broader soundscape; the senses; women’s writing; exile; language learning; martyrdom, and popular culture.