Conference Organisers

Professor Jackie Eales (History, Canterbury Christ Church University)

Jackie first got hooked on History at primary school and has been inhaling deeply ever since. She studied at London University, where Conrad Russell cured her obsession with the Tudors, but she is now obsessed with the English Civil Wars instead. She taught at London University and the University of Kent, before the historians at Christ Church offered her asylum. She is very impressed by Elizabeth I, Elizabeth Fry and Edith Cavell. She is currently researching the History of Canterbury during the Civil Wars (1640-49) and Seventeenth Century clergy wives and daughters.

She is also Director of the John Hayes| Canterbury 1641 Project, which is supported by the John Hayes Trust, the William Urry Fund and Canterbury Archaeological Society. The Project is based on the 1641 poll tax return for Canterbury, which lists all heads of households and their adult dependents living inside the city walls in 1641. The Project will trace the allegiance and experiences of the inhabitants of the city during the civil wars using petitions, wills and related material. The Project is inspired by the work of John Hayes, a former Head of History at Christ Church, whose own research centred both on Urban History and the History of Canterbury.  For more details of the Canterbury 1641 Project follow this link.

As a postgraduate at London University, with Conrad Russell as her supervisor, Jackie wrote a PhD thesis on the puritan Harleys of Herefordshire and their godly networks both locally and nationally during the civil wars. This research was published in 1990 by Cambridge University Press as Puritans and Roundheads: The Harleys of Brampton Bryan and the Outbreak of the English Civil War and was runner up in the 1991 Royal Historical Society Whitfield Prize Competition. The book challenged the traditional interpretation of county history during the civil wars as gentry dominated and locally-minded by arguing that religious networks provided an alternative and national set of allegiances during the civil wars.  Jackie’s subsequent research has focussed on Puritanism and the Parliamentarian party. She has also published widely on the history of Kent during the civil wars and has written a series of articles revising Alan Everitt’s interpretation of Kent as a moderate county during the period.  .

Jackie has also published widely on women’s history in the early modern period, including Women in Tudor and Stuart England (Routledge, 1998), and a monograph on the feisty civil war puritan heroine, Brilliana Harley (Hardinge Simpole Publishing, 2002).  In addition, she has acted as an advisory editor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography in order to include more women in the DNB.

Jackie is the immediate Past President of the Historical Association (HA); her term of office ran from May 2011 to May 2014.

Dr Andrew Humphries (Education, English, Canterbury Christ Church University)

Andrew F. Humphries has a PhD in English from the University of Kent and an MA from Cambridge University and is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. He teaches English primary and secondary education and also lectures and supervises in twentieth-century literature in the English and Language Studies Department. He is co-editor with Adrienne E. Gavin of the award-winning Childhood in Edwardian Fiction: Worlds Enough and Time (Palgrave 2009) and has another co-edited book Transport in British Fiction: Technologies of Movement 1840-1940 to be published in the summer of 2015. His main area of research is modernist literature and the works of D. H. Lawrence in particular and he is currently writing a book entitled ‘Transport and Cultural Transition in the Novels of D. H. Lawrence: “A Great Sense of Journeying”’. He has also had essays published on H. G. Wells, E. M. Forster, Katherine Mansfield and Robert Cormier.

Steve Orman (English, Canterbury Christ Church University)

Steve Orman is an Associate Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University. His PhD on youth culture and bodily excess on the early modern stage focused on the Jacobean actor Nathan Field. He has written performance reviews for a number of journals and is currently writing a monograph entitled Youth Culture & the Early Modern Stage. He is also contributing a chapter on “Tragicomedy: John Fletcher’s The Faithful Shepherdess” to New Directions in Renaissance Tragedy. Ed. Lisa Hopkins, Daniel Cadman and Andrew Duxfield, MUP (2015). He is the director of ‘The Beaumont & Fletcher Project’, an ambitious attempt to put on script-in-hand performances of every play in the Beaumont and Fletcher canon.


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