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Imogen Knox

History, University of Warwick

Thesis title:

Suicide, Self-Harm, and the Supernatural in Britain, 1560-1735

My project explores the ways in which early modern people expressed and enacted feelings of suicide and self harm in supernatural narratives. These narratives provide an 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.

Research Area

  • History



  • Currently preparing article for submission to Social and Cultural History

Blog posts:


Public Engagement & Impact

'Ghosts, fairies and a wombful of rabbits: Weird and wondrous stories from early modern women', Resonate FestivalLink opens in a new window, Amazing Women strand, Coventry City of Culture, 19th March 2022

'Stars, sieves and women’s stories: An interactive exhibition about early modern fortune telling', Resonate FestivalLink opens in a new window, Amazing Women strand, Coventry City of Culture, 5th March 2022

'Self-Injury, History, and Me' workshop series assistant, University of Reading, February and March 2022

Now and Then session, University of Warwick, October 2021

Assistant on Dr Martha McGill's British Academy Summer Showcase exhibit, 16th June 2021 - watch the recording back here

'Early Modern Witchcraft Belief'Wide Atlantic Weird podcast, 24th April 2021

Ecclesiastical History Society Twitter takeover, 9th-11th April 2021

Other Research Interests

Beyond the early modern mental landscape and the supernatural, I am interested in early modern religion more broadly. I am particularly interested in the lived experience of early modern children, their religious upbringing, and the material culture of the home.


HEA, Associate Fellow

Early Career Member, The Royal Historical Society

Renaissance Society of America Member

History Lab, Institute of Historical Research network for postgraduate students

Early Modern and Eighteenth Century Centre, University of Warwick

Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick


I previously completed my MA and BA History degrees at the University of Exeter. My MA dissertation, supervised by Professor Jonathan Barry, constitued a primlinary survey of my PhD topic, focussing on England. My BA dissertation, 'Bewitched Children in Late Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century England' was supervised by Dr Laura Sangha.


The Supernatural: Sites of Suffering in the Pre-Modern World co-organiser (with Francesca Farnell), HRC funded conference, University of Warwick (2021-2022)

Warwick PG History Conference co-convener, University of Warwick (2021)

History PGR Work in Progress seminar co-convener, University of Warwick (2020-present)

Co-Publicity and Co-IT officer, The Hidden in Performance, Visual, and Literary Culture Conference (Jan 2021 - Sept 2021)

History Department Research Committee PGR Rep, University of Warwick (2020-2021)

History Department Rep, University of Warwick (2020-2021)

History PGT Rep, University of Exeter (2018-2019)

History Department Athena Swan Student Rep, University of Exeter (2017-2019)

History Third Year and Social Media Rep, University of Exeter (2017-2018)

Additional Activities and Achievements

HRC Doctoral Fellow (2021-2022)

Co-Winner of Warwick Venture into Business Engagement (2021)

Dean's Commendation for Exceptional Achievement, University of Exeter (2019)

Dean's Commendation for Contribution to Life of the Department, University of Exeter (2018)

Academic Undergraduate Rep of the Year, University of Exeter (2018)


2022 - Supervisor, Interdisciplinary Arts Research Project

2021-2022 - Seminar Tutor, Crossing Boundaries and Breaking Norms in the Medieval World (HI2E9)

2021-2022 - Seminar Tutor, Academic Research and Writing (part of Making of the Modern World (HI153))

2021 - Guest Seminar Tutor, Understanding Wellbeing Theory and Practice, Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning, Warwick

2021 - Guest Interviewee, Understanding Wellbeing Online Module, Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning, Warwick