Dr Jan Machielsen

Dr Jan Machielsen

Lecturer in Early Modern History

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

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I am a historian working in the fields of early modern cultural, religious,and intellectual history. I have written articles on such famous early modern intellectuals as Jean Bodin, Justus Lipsius, Michel de Montaigne, and Cesare Baronio. My first monograph, a biography of the Flemish-Spanish Jesuit Martin Delrio (1551-1608), explored the life and writings of perhaps the period's most famous demonologist and placed him in the contexts of both Counter-Reformation and late humanist intellectual culture. I showed that Delrio was no 'witchcraft inquisitor', as commonly alleged, and that his 'Investigations into Magic' (1599-1600) were founded not on practical witch-hunting experience but on immense classical learning and biblical scholarship. Martin Delrio: Demonology and Scholarship in the Counter-Reformation was listed as one of History Today's Books of 2015.

Although I remain interested in the many fields - early modern Catholicism, history of scholarship, and witchcraft studies - that Martin Delrio brought together, my next project will be a study of the witch-hunt conducted in the French Basque country in the early 1600s by the Bordeaux judge Pierre de Lancre.

I am Lecturer in Early Modern History at Cardiff University. I first came to the United Kingdom as a visiting graduate student in the spring of 2006. I then stayed to complete a second masters, for which I gained a distinction, and a doctorate (supervised by Robin Briggs) at Oxford University. My graduate studies were supported by the AHRC, the Fullbright Commission, the Royal Historical Society, and a Scatcherd European Scholarship from Oxford University. During my doctorate I held visiting fellowships at Princeton and Cornell University in the United States. After completing my PhD early 2011, I held a number of temporary teaching and research posts at Oxford, before moving to Cardiff in January 2016.

Education and qualifications

  • 2011: DPhil in History, Oriel College, University of Oxford
  • 2007: MSt in Historical Research, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford
  • 2006: MA in European History and Civilisation, Leiden University
  • 2005: BA in Humanities and Social Sciences, University College Maastricht

Career overview

  • 2016--: Lecturer in Early Modern History, Cardiff University
  • 2013-2015: Departmental Lecturer in Early Modern European History, New College, University of Oxford
  • 2012-2013: British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Balliol College, University of Oxford
  • 2011: Departmental Lecturer in Early Modern European History, Balliol College, University of Oxford

Honours and awards

2012–2013: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship
May 2011 / September 2013: OUP/John Fell Fund, University of Oxford
2010–2011: Royal Historical Society Marshall Fellowship
May 2010: Isaiah Berlin Fund for Italian Studies
March–April 2010: Abraham & Henrietta Brettschneider Cornell Award Fund, Cornell University
2006–2010: Scatcherd European Scholarship, International Office, University of Oxford
2007–2010: Doctoral Award, Arts & Humanities Research Council
2009–2010: Vice-Chancellors’ Fund, University of Oxford
2009–2010: Study Fellowship, Society for Renaissance Studies
August 2009: Scaliger Fellowship, Leiden University Library
July 2009: Conference Bursary, Society for the Study of French History
2008–2009: Fulbright Scholarship
March 2008 / May 2009: Visiting Scholar, Royal Netherlands Institute, Rome (KNIR)
2007–2008: Jex-Blake Scholarship, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS)
Member of the Renaissance Society of America
Member of the Sixteenth Century Society

Academic positions

2016-present: Lecturer in Early Modern History, Cardiff University
2013-2015: Departmental Lecturer in Early Modern European History, New College, University of Oxford
2012-2013: British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Balliol College, University of Oxford
2011: Departmental Lecturer in Early Modern European History, Balliol College, University of Oxford

HS1106 Early Modern England and Wales, 1500-1700
HS1107 History in Practice: Fury, Folly and Footnotes
HS1702 Exploring Historical Debate
HS1824 Witchcraft and Witch-Hunting in Early Modern Europe

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