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Dr Erin Peters

Doctoral Researcher - History

Institute of Humanities

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Erin Peters completed her doctoral thesis entitled “Commemoration, Oblivion, and Cultural Memories: Print Culture in Restoration England, 1658-1666” at the University of Worcester in 2015. She is currently a Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Gloucestershire. With interdisciplinary interests in seventeenth-century cultural history and Memory Studies, Erin’s research focuses on the English Civil Wars and Restoration. Other areas of interest include: Traumatology, Nostalgia, Identity, Print Culture, Disability Studies and Medical Humanities (early modern conceptions and theories of psychological disabilities).


BA, Wilfrid Laurier University – History

MA, University of London – Cultural Memory

Ph.D, University of Worcester – History

Awards and Grants

Fully-funded Ph.D. studentship, University of Worcester, UK.

Fully-funded Master of Arts studentship, University of London, UK.

Certificates and Training

Postgraduate Certificate – Research Methods, University of Worcester, UK.

Research Training Program –University of London (SAS), UK.

Research Interests

Research Interests


University of Worcester Undergraduate/Bachelor of Arts courses:

HIST3013 Witchcraft 

HIST2009 Religion and Society in England, 1560-1660

HIST1103 Early Modern World

HIST1001 How to do History: Introduction to Methods and Debates

ENGL1009 Power, Sex and Identity in Restoration Literature

Areas of Specialization

Early Modern European History (England); Memory Studies

Research Interests

English Civil War and Restoration, Traumatology, Nostalgia, Cultural Memory and Identity, Disability Studies and Medical Humanities (early modern conceptions and theories of psychological disabilities)

Current Research

My current research project explores the psychological impact and aftereffects of the mid-seventeenth-century English Civil Wars. The main focus is the expressions of personal as well as collective trauma caused by the conflict and the ways in which the war experiences impacted the development of medical theories concerning traumatic damage to the mind. The intended output is a book-length study.

Co-investigator: ‘Re-/Fashioning a City: Faithful Worcester and Cultural Memory’
This project explores the manner in which Worcester’s identity as the ‘Faithful City’ has been fashioned and appropriated since the Battle of Worcester in 1651. The main output resulting from this research will be a journal article and a public exhibition.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies





Book Chapter

‘The ‘Heritage Minutes’: Nostalgia, Nationalism, and Canadian Collective Memory’ in Eleanor Ty and Russell J.A. Kilbourn (eds.), The Memory Effect: The Remediation of Memory in Literature and Film (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013, ISBN13: 978-1-55458-914-2), pp. 249-266.

Journal Article

‘Assia Djebar and Algerian cultural memory: Reimagining, repositioning and rewriting in Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade’ , The Bristol Journal of English Studies, 1, summer 2012.

Book Review

‘The Civil Wars After 1660: Public Remembering in Late Stuart England’ by Matthew Neufeld, The Seventeenth Century, published online Dec. 10, 2013, DOI: 10.1080/0268117X.2013.865255.


Book chapter - ‘The Disabled Nation: Seventeenth-Century Individual and Collective Trauma Narratives and the Discourse of Disability’.

Conference Papers

‘Confronting loss: Nostalgia in the Restoration'
[Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies – Los Angeles, California].

‘‘The Trouble of the Minde’: An analysis of cultural trauma in early Restoration print’
[Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies – Williamsburg, Virginia].

‘The wounded mind: Collective trauma of the Civil Wars after the Restoration’
[Paper presented at the Early Modern Memory conference - University of Worcester, UK].

‘Early Restoration print, cultural memory and the ideology of form ’
[Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Eighteenth Century Studies – Edmonton, Alberta].

‘The Heritage Minutes and Canadian collective memory: An analysis of the uses of nostalgia and nationalism to build a unifying cultural memory’ [Paper presented at the Memory, Mediation and Remediation conference, Wilfrid Laurier University – Waterloo, Ontario].

‘’The Medium is the Message’: Printed ballads and the construction and transmission of cultural memories in early modern England’[Paper presented at the Postgraduate Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies – Worcester, UK].





American Historical Association

American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

Early Modern Research Group (University of Worcester)



Academic Qualifications

Academic Qualifications

BA, History (major), English Literature and Political Science (minors), Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, 2005

MA, Cultural Memory, University of London, 2009.

PG-Cert, research methods, University of Worcester, 2010