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Qualifications

BA (Hons) History (London)
MA in Women’s History (London)
PhD (London)

About

My main teaching areas are based on my research interests, including

  • early modern history,
  • gender history,
  • history of witchcraft and deviance,
  • digital history,
  • early modern history on sc reen (TV and film).

I teach at all levels of the History undergraduate programme.

I am also the course leader for the Foundation degree in English and History which is taught in partnership with Coleg y Cymoedd (Aberdare Campus), Coleg Gwent (Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone), Cardiff and Vale College (City Campus) and Gower College Swansea (Gorseinon Campus).

Experience

FBS Winner of the Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment Award for Innovation and Excellence in Student Assessment, 2011 (with Dr Jane Finucane)

FBS Winner of the University of Glamorgan Students’ Union Student-Led Teaching Awards, Best Lecturer – Research, 2012

Responsibilities

FBS Learning and Teaching Enhancement Committee

Course Leader, Foundation degree in English and History

Publications

‘The Osculum Infame: Heresy, Secular Culture and the Image of the Witches’ Sabbath,’ in Karen Harvey (ed.), The Kiss in History (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2005), pp.36-59

‘Friendship in Catholic Reformation Eichstätt,’ in Laura Gowing, Michael Hunter and Miri Rubin (eds.), Love, Friendship and Faith in Europe, 1300-1800 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), pp.66-87

‘Eichstätt, Prince-Bishopric of,’ ‘Executions,’ ‘Jailers,’ and ‘Kiss of Shame,’ in Richard Golden (ed.), Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western Tradition (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2006), vol. 2, E-J pp.307-8, 335-6 and 582-3, and vol. 3, K-P, pp. 611-12 respectively. [Winner of the 2007 Roland H. Bainton Prize for Best Reference Book on the Early Modern Period, Sixteenth Century Society and Conference]

Witchcraft, Gender and Society in Early Modern Germany (Leiden: Brill, 2007)

‘Why Some Men and Not Others? The Male Witches of Eichstätt,’ in Alison Rowlands (ed.), Witchcraft and Masculinities in Early Modern Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), pp. 100-20

With Michael D. Bailey (eds.), Historical Dictionary of Witchcraft (2nd ed., Scarecrow Press, 2012)

Memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2012- )

External

Leader of the History Research Wales project “The research impact agenda and early career development for historians: a pilot study” (funded by Vitae)

Leader of the HEA Change Academy “Putting Assessment at the Heart of Learning” project on using wikis as a form of assessment, 2009-10.

Contributor to “Tony Robinson’s Superstitions: Witches” (Wildfire Television, 2011).

Research

My research interests include:

  • witchcraft and gender in early modern Germany;
  • witchcraft experiences in Germany and England;
  • masculinity and warfare in early seventeeth-century Germany;
  • early modern history as entertainment.

I am happy to look at proposals for postgraduate research into various aspects of early modern social and cultural history in Germany, England or Wales. These include, but are not limited to, gender, masculinity, friendship, witchcraft and fear. I will also consider proposals to research into the representation of early modern history on film and TV and in museums and other heritage sites.

Twitter

@jbdurrant

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