Gordon Raeburn

Gordon Raeburn has been appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the CHE University of Melbourne node. He holds a BD(Hons) from the University of Aberdeen, an MSc (Theology in History) from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD from the University of Durham. His PhD thesis, The Long Reformation of the Dead in Scotland, studied the development of Scottish burial practices between 1542 and 1856, with an eye towards the effects of major societal changes such as the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the Disruption.

He is currently undertaking research on the emotional responses to early modern Scottish disasters, such as plagues and massacres, across the country as a whole between the 15th and 17th centuries. This project investigates how these emotional responses changed over time, and how they shaped personal, communal, and national identities.

He is also currently involved with the AHRC funded research network ‘Crossing Over – New Narratives of Death’, based at the University of Hull.

He currently has one publication, ‘The Changing Face of Scottish Burial Practices, 1560-1645’, Reformation & Renaissance Review, 11 (2009), pp. 181-201.




Disaster and Identity: Fear, Grief, Anger, and the Development of Scottish Communal Identities

Natural Disasters and Apocalyptic Anxiety: The Wick Collection