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Imogen Knox

PhD Candidate in History, University of Warwick

Imogen Knox is a current PhD researcher (2020-2024) at the University of Warwick. Her doctoral thesis is titled 'Self-destructive desires and the supernatural in early modern Britain'. This research explores the ways people articulated self-destructive desires in the context of affliction by witches, demons, and spirits, providing insight into how individuals conceptualised and negotiated suicidal ideation during a time where the act of suicide was not only criminal, but caused eternal damnation.

She recently published an article on pin-swallowing as a means of self-destruction with the Journal of Cultural and Social History:


  • 2020–present
    Doctoral researcher, University of Warwick


  • 2019 
    University of Exeter, MA History


  • 2023
    Pin-Swallowing and Self-Destruction in Early Modern British and Irish Supernatural Narratives, Journal of Cultural and Social History

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    Suicide, Self-Harm, and the Supernatural in Britain, 1560-1735
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Arts and Humanities Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Early Career Member, Royal Historical Society