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.




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.