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Dolly MacKinnon

Dr Dolly MacKinnon is an Associate Professor in History at The University of Queensland (UQ), and an Associate Investigator (2012, 2016) with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (UQ/The University of Western Australia). She holds a PhD in early modern History and a Bachelor of Music (both from The University of Melbourne) specialising in early music performance and musicology. Her research background spans history and music, and focuses on analysing the mental, physical and auditory landscapes of past cultures. In 2011 Dolly won the inaugural Arts Faculty Research Excellence Award for Senior Researchers. Dolly was awarded a University of Queensland Promoting Women Fellowship (2014). She has also been awarded a UQ Faculty Fellowship in the Centre for the History of European Discourses (2015). Her international early modern research is funded by a collaborative Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (2014–2018) awarded with Megan Cassidy-Welch (Monash University) analysing 'Battlefields of memory: places of war and remembrance in medieval and early modern England and Scotland'.



Emotional Landscapes: English and Scottish Battlefield Memorials 1638-1936

Soundscapes of Emotion: Bell Ringing in England c.1500-c.1800


Barclay, K., D. Hall and D. Mackinnon, eds. ‘Children and War’, special issue, Parergon 38.2 (2021), forthcoming.

MacKinnon, D. ‘Hearing Early Modern Battles: Soundscape Audio as a Way of Recreating the Past’. Special issue ‘Practice, Performance and Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern Heritage’, eds. A. Marchant and J.-H. Nancarrow, Parergon 36.2 (2019): 115–40.

MacKinnon, D. ‘“This humble monument of guiltless blood”: The Emotional Landscape of Covenanter Monuments’. In Writing War in Britain and France, 1370–1854: A History of Emotions, edited by S. Downes, A. Lynch and K. O'Loughlin, pp. 163–81. Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge, 2019.

MacKinnon, D. ‘She Suffered for Christ Jesus’ Sake: The Scottish Covenanters’ Emotional Strategies to Combat Religious Persecution (1685–1714)’. In Feeling Exclusion: Religious Conflict, Exile and Emotions in Early Modern Europe, edited by G. Tarantino and C. Zika, pp. 165–62. Routledge: Abington, Oxon; Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge, 2019.

MacKinnon, D. ‘“The Bell, like a speedy messenger, runs from house to house, and ear to ear”’: the auditory markers of gender, politics and identity in England, 1500–1700’. In Sound, Space and Civility in the British World, 1700–1850, edited by B. Buchan, P. Denney and K. Crawley, pp. 65–84. Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge, 2019. (Published in November 2018)

MacKinnon, D. ‘Emotional landscapes: Battlefield memorials to seventeenth-century Civil War conflicts in England and Scotland’. In Consolationscapes in the Face of Loss: Grief and Consolation in Space and Time, edited by C. Jedan, A. Maddrell and E. Venbrux, pp. 92–109. Abingdon, Oxon and Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge, 2019. (Published in November 2018)

MacKinnon, D. ‘“[D]id ringe at oure parish churche... for joye that the Queene of Skotts ... was beheaded”: Public Performances of Early Modern English Emotions’. In Performing Emotions in Early Europe, edited by P. Maddern†, J. McEwan and A. M. Scott, pp. 169–81. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2018.

MacKinnon, D. '“The Ceremony of Tolling the Bell at the Time of Death”: Bell-Ringing and Mourning in England c.1500-c.1700’.  In Music and Mourning, edited by J.W. Davidson and S. Garrido, pp. 31–39. Abingdon: Ashgate Publishing, 2016.

MacKinnon, D. ‘"Jangled the Belles, and with Fearefull Outcry, Raysed the Secure Inhabitants": Emotion, Memory and Storm Surges in the Early Modern East Anglian Landscape’.  In Disaster, Death and the Emotions in the Shadow of the Apocalypse, 1400–1700, edited by J. Spinks and C. Zika, pp. 155–73. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

MacKinnon, D. ‘“Ringing of the Bells by Four White Spirits”: Two seventeenth-century English earwitness accounts of the supernatural in print culture’. In Religion, the Supernatural and Visual Culture in Early Modern Europe (Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions), edited by J. Spinks and D. Eichberger, pp. 82–103. Leiden: Brill, 2015.