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Before joining the School of History, Malcolm Gaskill was Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Churchill College, Cambridge. Prior to that he was a lecturer at Keele University (1993-4), Queen’s University, Belfast (1994-5), and Anglia Ruskin University (1995-9).
His research interests are in British social and cultural history, 1500–1800, particularly the history of mentalities. He has written extensively about the history of witch-beliefs and witchcraft prosecutions, and is also interested in crime and the law, and the supernatural in the twentieth century, especially spiritualism and psychical research, 1920–50. He is currently writing a short history of witchcraft, while researching a book about emotion, mentality and culture in seventeenth-century English America. His most recent work is a history of the East Anglian witch-hunt of 1645-7, Witchfinders: a Seventeenth-Century English Tragedy (2005).
His undergraduate teaching comprises ‘Introduction to Early Modern Studies’ (Level 1), ‘Doing History’ (Level 1), and ‘Early Modern England: a Social History’ (Level 2). He is also running a new Level 1 module, ‘Witchcraft, Magic and Belief in Early Modern Europe’, and, with Andy Wood (from 2008), an MA module, ‘Society and Culture in Early Modern England’.
He welcomes prospective MA and PhD students interested in the social and cultural history of early modern England, especially topics related to witchcraft, deviance and mentalities.
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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
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Gaskill, M., Davies, O. & Page, S.
1/10/15 → 30/09/18
8/02/15 → 10/05/15
9/06/14 → 8/06/16
1/07/10 → 31/07/10
Gaskill, M., 4 Nov 2021, Penguin Books. 240 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Dining with Ivan the Terrible: London’s Triumph: Merchant Adventurers and the Tudor City by Stephen AlfordAllen Lane, 316 pp, £20.00, April 2017, ISBN 978 0 241 00358 9Gaskill, M., 8 Feb 2018, In: London Review of Books. 40, 3, p. 37-38 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review
Frances Timbers. The Magical Adventures of Mary Parish: The Occult World of Seventeenth-Century London. Early Modern Studies 16. Kirksville: Truman State University Press, 2016. Pp. 211. $40.00 (cloth).Gaskill, M., Jan 2017, In: Journal of British Studies. 56, 1, p. 172-174 3 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review › peer-review