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Charlotte Rose Millar

Dr Charlotte-Rose Millar is a UQ Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at The University of Queensland and an Associate Investigator (2016‒2017) with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100‒1800) (CHE). After completing her PhD on witchcraft, emotions and the devil through CHE at The University of Melbourne, Charlotte is now working on attitudes to love, sex and marriage in post-Reformation England. Her book, Witchcraft, the Devil and Emotions in Early Modern England was published by Routledge in 2017. She is also the author of numerous works on witchcraft, diabolism, emotions and sexual practices in early modern England and has won two prizes for her published work.

As a UQ Fellow and Associate Investigator, Charlotte-Rose is working on a new project entitled ‘Everyday Voices: Constructions of Love, Sex and Desire in Early Modern England’. This project explores the impact of the English Reformation on conceptions of love and desire within marital and sexual relationships. It examines the mentalities of ordinary men and women in early modern England and explores how they constructed and experienced their sexual relationships, how they viewed the role of love, sex and desire in marriage and the extent to which they conformed to changing theological condemnations of illicit sex. The project spans from 1500‒1660 to allow for an exploration of marital and sexual attitudes both before and after the Religious Settlement of 1559 and for a consideration of the impact of the 1650 Puritan Adultery Act on ordinary people’s experiences and understanding of marital and sexual relationships.

Contact

0433 057 490
c.millar@uq.edu.au
@drcmillar

Research

The Devil is in the Pamphlets: Witchcraft and Emotion in Seventeenth-Century England

Everyday Voices: Constructions of Love, Sex and Desire in Early Modern England

Publications

Books

Witchcraft, the Devil and Emotions in Early Modern England. London: Routledge, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4724-8549-6

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

'Familiar Spirits'. In Emotions in Early Modern Europe: An Introduction, edited by S. Broomhall. London and New York: Routledge, 2017.

'Church and Parish Records'.  In Emotions in Early Modern Europe: An Introduction, edited by. S. Broomhall. London and New York: Routledge, 2017.'Rebecca West’s Demonic Marriage: Exploring Emotions, Ritual and Women’s Agency in Seventeenth-Century England'. Women’s History (formerly Women’s History Magazine) 2.4 (2016): 4–11.

'Over-Familiar Spirits: Seventeenth Century English Witches and Their Devils'.  In Emotions in the History of Witchcraft, edited by Laura Kounine and Michael Ostling. Palgrave Series for Studies in the History of Emotions.  Basingstoke: Pagrave Macmillan, 2016.

'Sleeping with Devils: the Sexual Witch in Seventeenth-Century England'.  In Supernatural and Secular Power in Early Modern England, edited by V. Bladen and M. Harmes. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015.

'The Witchcraft Confederacy'. In A World Enchanted: Magic and the Margins: Essays in Honour of Charles Zika, eds. Michael Pickering and Julie Davies. Parkville: Melbourne Historical Journal Collective, 2014.

'Witchcraft and Deviant Sexuality: A Case Study of Dr Lambe'.  In The British World: Religion, Memory, Society, Culture, edited by M. Harmes, L. Henderson, B. Harmes and A.Antonio, pp. 51–62. Toowoomba: University of Southern Queensland, 2012.

'The Witch’s Familiar in Sixteenth-Century England'. Melbourne Historical Journal 38 (2010):119–36.

Blog

'Requiem for a Bad Dream: Fear of the Night, the Devil and the Nightmare in Early Modern England', 13 June 2017.

Awarded the Don Yoder Prize for Religious Folklife by the American Folklore Society.

Awarded The University of Melbourne History Fellows Prize.

Presentations

Conference Paper: ‘The Importance of Emotions in Understanding Supernatural Belief’, Third International Conference of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions ‘The Future of Emotions/Conversations Without Borders’, The University of Western Australia, 14–15 June 2018.

Conference Paper: ‘Who has the Power? The Witch, the Devil and the Dangers of Emotion in Early Modern England’, ‘Powerful Emotions/Emotions and Power’ conference, University of York, 28‒29 June 2017.

Conference Paper: ‘Fear of the Night, the Devil and the Nightmare in Early Modern England’, ‘Fears and Angers: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives’ conference, Queen Mary University of London, 19–20 June 2017.

Conference Panel Paper: ‘Male Witches in Early Modern England: Their Intimate, Emotional Bonds with the Devil’, Social History Society Annual Conference, University College London, 4–6 April 2017.

Conference Panel Paper: ‘Interpreting the Nightmare Encounter in English Witchcraft Narratives’, 11th Biennial Conference of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS) ‘Mobility and Exchange’, Wellington, NZ, 7‒10 February 2017.

Workshop Panel Paper: ‘Finding Emotions in Early Modern English Witchcraft Pamphlets’, ‘Approaching Inner Lives: Thinking, Feeling, Believing, 1300‒1900’ workshop, University of East Anglia, 18 January 2017.

Exhibition

'Second Sight: Witchcraft, Ritual, Power', University of Queensland Art Museum, 1 March–29 June 2019.

Podcast

'The Spellbinding World of Witchcraft and the Supernatural' - Charlotte-Rose Millar, UQ Change Makers, 10 September 2018.