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Olivia Formby

Olivia Formby completed her MPhil from The University of Queensland (UQ) with a CHE Top-Up scholarship, graduating in July 2017. She completed her BA (Hons) degree at UQ in 2014, and was awarded the UQ University Medal and the History Honours Research Prize for her thesis on ‘Martyrdom and Emotions in the Eyam Plague, 1665–1666’. Her research focuses on the intrinsic relationship between religion and emotional experience in the early modern world, material and print culture, probate records, and the landscape. Under the supervision of Dr Dolly MacKinnon (CHE Honorary Associate Investigator – AI 2012, 2016). Olivia’s MPhil project explored the role of religious belief and ritual in sustaining emotional communities under plague in early modern England, 1631–1638.

Olivia will be commencing her doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge in October 2021, where she will be working on her project about infants' emotions in early modern England.



An Emotional History of Plague in Early Modern England, 1631–38

Selected Presentations

Formby, O. ‘Emotions in History’ and ‘Divine Wrath and Godly Sorrow in Plague Time', ARC CHE Continuing Professional Development Seminar 2017 ‘Emotions in History: Witchcraft and Plague', The University of Queensland, 22 May 2017.