Gordon Raeburn

Gordon D. Raeburn obtained his PhD in Early Modern Scottish burial practices from the University of Durham in 2013, and also holds degrees from the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh. From 2014 to 2017 he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotion at The University of Melbourne. In 2018 he was the inaugural John Emmerson Research Fellow at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne. Since 2020 he has been a visiting tutor at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK. His research interests include early modern European religious history, death and emotion, emotions and the environment, developments of communal identity, and emotional manipulation as a weapon of war.




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

Natural Disasters and Apocalyptic Anxiety: The Wick Collection 

Selected Publications

Raeburn, G. ‘The Reformation of Death and Grief in Northern Scotland’. Nordlit 43 (2019): 54–67.

Raeburn, G. ‘Plague’. In Early Modern Emotions: An Introduction, edited by S. Broomhall, pp. 205–08. London and New York: Routledge, 2017.

Raeburn, G. ‘The Changing Face of Scottish Burial Practices, 1560-1645’. Reformation & Renaissance Review, 11 (2009): 181–201.

Selected Presentations

‘Weoponised Emotions: Emotions and Emotionality in the English Civil War’, Third International Conference of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions ‘The Future of Emotions/Conversations Without Borders’, The University of Western Australia, 14–15 June 2018.

‘The Contagious Body in Early Modern Scotland’, Sixth Annual RefoRC Conference, University of Copenhagen, 26–28 May 2016.

‘Making the Landscape an Object of Memory’, The Materiality of Mourning: an Interdisciplinary Workshop, University of Warwick, UK, 19–20 May 2016.

Symposium Presentation: ‘Myth, Emotion, and Identity in Rolland’s The Court of Venus’,‘Myth and Emotion in Early Modern Europe’ symposium, The University of Melbourne, 10 March 2016.

Seminar: 'Fear, Poverty, Plague, and Death in Early Modern Scotland', University of Glasgow History Department, 18 May 2015.


Raeburn, G. John Emmerson Research Fellowship, State Library Victoria 2017–18, AUD15,000 for ‘Weaponised Emotions and Their use in Civil War Tracts and Pamphlets’ – an investigation of the presence and use of emotions in the extensive collection of Civil War tracts and pamphlets contained in the Emmerson Collection. Awarded 28 July 2017.