Jenny Spinks joined the University of Melbourne in 2017 as Hansen Senior Lecturer in History. She teaches and researches the history of early modern Europe, with a particular focus on Germany, France, and the Low Countries.
Her teaching often utilises material culture and visual images, and she has a special interest in connecting students to historical resources in the community. Jenny currently researches early modern polemical print culture, religious conflicts, disasters and wonders, and the history of emotions. She is working on the ways that Protestants and Catholics across early modern northern Europe circulated, exchanged and reinvented reports of terrifying and extraordinary events like floods, earthquakes and cases of extreme cruelty. She has recently written several articles on sixteenth-century European anxieties about religious practices and supernatural beliefs in non-European settings, and she has new projects in development on print, material culture and identity in early modern Germany, with a focus on Nuremberg and the artist Albrecht Dürer. Jenny has particular expertise in the use of visual images as historical sources, and this is a feature of the way that her research connects with a broader public. Her community engagement activities include co-curated exhibitions on early modern apocalyptic and supernatural beliefs. Jenny’s previous positions include a permanent post in History at the University of Manchester (2012-2017), and prior to that several years as an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow (teaching and research) at the University of Melbourne. She has held research fellowships with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, the Warburg Institute in London, the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She has also been awarded research funding by the Australian Research Council in Australia and the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK.
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Reading The Signs: Disaster, Apocalypse And Demonology In European Print Culture, 1450-170..
Blood, Violence, Calvinism and the Devil: Lutheran Prodigy Culture by 1600 and Andreas Eng..
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Learning to Teach in the Field: Five Professors Tell How Running an Overseas Study Tour Improved Their Classroom Teaching
Jennifer Spinks, Katherine Ellinghaus, Glenn Moore, Paul Hetherington, Cassandra Atherton
Journal article | 2019 | Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad
This article examines the positive impact of overseas study tours on the teaching philosophies and classroom strategies used by th..
Catalogue entries: ‘Introduction: A brief history of the supernatural in Europe, 1400-1800’; ‘The Stereotypical Witch?’; ‘Magic, Nature and the Body’; ‘Supernatural Spaces and Vulnerability’; ‘Diabolical Fears and Battles’; ‘Mechanical Magic and Sceptical Approaches’; ‘Supernatural Encounters’
J SPINKS, S Handley, S Gordon
Original Creative Work - Textual Work | 2016
Print and polemic in sixteenth-century France: The Histoires prodigieuses, confessional identity, and the Wars of Religion
Journal article | 2013 | Renaissance Studies
The second half of the sixteenth century saw the rise of the wonder book as a distinct genre shaped by religious conflict. These o..
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