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). Winner of the Elizabeth Prize for Highest Overall Grade in B.A (Hons) History and Combined Honours Programmes.
  • 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 research explores the concept of monstrous citizenship in Britain from 1780 to 1850. The project uses a multidisciplinary methodology, drawing inspiration from studies of 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. I am currently Research Assistant for the Everyday Lives in War funded project: ‘Lost Voices: Spiritualist Communities and Wartime Afterlives on the Home Front, 1914-1919.’


  • Monster theory
  • Folklore
  • Supernatural geographies
  • EcoGothic
  • Cultural Studies
  • Social History


  • Supernatural Cities
  • Port Towns and Urban Cultures