This project is funded by the British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award and is led by Dr. Laura Kounine (Principal Investigator). The event will be held at the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts and Terrace Room, Bramber House at University of Sussex from 16-18 January 2019 and will consist of a two-day masterclass (16-17 January) and an international one-day symposium (18 January).

Laura Kounine is a Lecturer in Early Modern History (School of History, Art History and Philosophy) at the University of Sussex. Her research has focused on the early modern witch-hunts, in particular the ways in which gender, emotions and selfhood were conceptualized and experienced in early modern German witch-trials. This research will be published in her forthcoming book Imagining the Witch: Gender, Emotions and Selfhood in Early Modern Germany (OUP, 2018).

She is also particularly interested in methodological and conceptual approaches to history, particularly relating to emotions, gender, selfhood and subjectivity, and the use of historical self-narratives.

She has published a number of articles and edited volumes relating to her research interests, including Emotions in the History of Witchcraft, co-edited with Michael Ostling (Palgrave, 2017); Cultures of Conflict Resolution in Early Modern Europe, co-edited with Stephen Cummins (Routledge, 2016); ‘The Gendering of Witchcraft: Defence Strategies of Men and Women in German Witchcraft Trials’ (German History); and ‘Emotions, Mind and Body on Trial: A Cross-Cultural Perspective’ (Journal of Social History).