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e-portfolio of Imogen Knox


My doctoral research, 'Self-destructive desires and the supernatural in early modern Britain', is supervised by Professor Peter MarshallLink opens in a new window and Dr Naomi PullinLink opens in a new window, and funded by the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training PartnershipLink opens in a new window. 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 resulted in eternal damnation.

Research Interests

  • Histories of mental health and wellbeing
  • Early modern religion and supernatural belief
  • History of emotion
  • Gender and masculinity
  • Laughter and humour



'Pin-swallowing and self-destruction in early modern British and Irish supernatural narratives', Cultural & Social History 20:4 (2023) opens in a new window

(co-authored with Sophie Pain and Shakira Hanany Abd Rahman) 'Editorial: PGR Teachers and the (Post) Pandemic World', Journal of Postgraduate Pedagogic Practice 2 (2022) opens in a new window

Blog Posts


Conferences & Papers


Imogen teaching at the EUTOPIA summer school


Public Engagement

Imogen Knox and Daniel Gettings fortune tellingThe cast of Ghosts, Fairies and a Wombful of Rabbits

Fortune telling with a sieve and shears Presenting at the RSA in Dublin

Awards and Funding

Courses and Qualifications

Additional Achievements

  • PG Winner, Digital Arts Lab Showcase (2022)
  • ShortlistedLink opens in a new window for Warwick Award for Public and Community Engagement (2022)
  • 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)


2020 - 2024 University of Warwick, PhD History

  • Thesis 'Self-destructive desires and the supernatural in early modern Britain'
  • Visiting researcher at TU Dresden, May-July 2023

2019 - 2020 Manchester Metropolitan University, Assistant Careers Adviser in Arts & Humanities

  • Before starting my PhD I worked in HE Careers, working directly with students to enhance their employability

2018 - 2019 University of Exeter, MA History (Distinction)

  • Dissertation 'Suicide, Self-Harm, and the Supernatural in England, 1560-1735', supervised by Professor Jonathan Barry

2015 - 2018 University of Exeter, BA History (First Class)

  • Dissertation 'Bewitched Children in Late Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century England', supervised by Dr Laura Sangha

Imogen Knox

Imogen Knox


Office Hours

11-12, Wednesdays

FAB 3.45

Additional links and info:

Bluesky: @ImogenKnoxLink opens in a new window

Twitter: @Imogen_KnoxLink opens in a new window

M4C ProfileLink opens in a new window

Associate Fellow of the HEA

Early Career Member, RHS

Postgraduate Member, SHS

Read my recent blog post, on suicide jokes in early modern EnglandLink opens in a new window

Merry jests of the widow Edith frontispiece

Terrible ImaginationsLink opens in a new window - my (currently dormant) blog on early modern supernatural resonances in modern horror

Listen to my podcast appearance discussing early modern witchcraftLink opens in a new window

Resonate Festival poster advertising fortune telling event