Sheilagh O'Brien

PhD Candidate, Early Modern History, The University of Queensland

I am a doctoral candidate at The University of Queensland. My PhD thesis is on Witchcraft and Diabolism in Early Modern England. Prior to my doctoral studies I completed a Masters in International Studies (Peace & Conflict Resolution), with a thesis on the failure of international responses to the Rwandan Genocide. And I have a Bachelor of Arts (History, Hons I) with an honours thesis on the religious and cultural underpinnings of Afrikaner Nationalism in the early twentieth century.

My blog, "Enchanted History" (http://witchcrafthistory.blogspot.com.au/), updates every Sunday.

Experience

  • –present
    PhD Candidate, Early Modern History, The University of Queensland
  • 2013–2015
    Contributor, Year's Work in English Studies
  • 2011–2013
    Archivist, Pagemasters

Education

  • 2011 
    University of Queensland, Masters of International Studies
  • 2009 
    University of Queensland, Bachelor of Arts (Hons I)

Publications

  • 2015
    Shakespeare’s Late Plays, The Year’s Work in English Studies, 93 (1),
  • 2015
    ‘A ‘Divellish’ Woman Discovered: The Witch of Newbury, 1643, Cerae
  • 2015
    ‘[A] solemne league and contract with the Devill’: Narratives of Sin and Desire in Elizabeth Clarke’s confessions in A true and exact relation (1645), Sin and Salvation in Reformation England, Ashgate
  • 2014
    Shakespeare’s Late Plays, The Year’s Work in English Studies, 92 (1)
  • 2013
    The Construction of a ‘Bitter Hedge’: Narrative, Nationalism, and the Construction of Afrikaner Identity in the Voortrekker Monument, Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics 6, no. 2

Professional Memberships

  • Australia and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Research Areas

  • British History (210305)
  • Religion And Society (220405)