Centre for European and International Studies Research

PhD profile

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Ms Eilís Phillips

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) History (First Class Honours) (Portsmouth University) Master of Research (MRes) in History (Distinction) (Portsmouth University)
  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
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  • Email: eilis.phillips@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Centre for European and International Studies Research
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


My PhD (started October 2016) examines monstrous depictions of radicalism in Britain from 1780 to 1850. The project uses a multidisciplinary methodology, drawing inspiration from studies of monsters and monstrosity across time periods and cultures, but is centred in cultural history. In particular, I am interested in the ways in which monstrous characteristics are afforded to places, spaces or aspects of the environment, and how this impacts upon the identity of people who lived and worked in those areas. More generally, my research interests include studies of folklore, mythology, magic and the supernatural. My PhD is fully funded by the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), and I am also a part time tutor at the University. Before starting my PhD, I worked as a professional musician and songwriter in Northern Ireland. 


  • Monster theory
  • EcoGothic
  • Supernatural geographies
  • Folklore
  • Cultural histories of British radicalism

Research Clusters

  • Social and Cultural History
    • Supernatural Cities
    • Port Towns and Urban Cultures