Dr Dolly MacKinnon

Honorary Associate Professor

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Dr Dolly MacKinnon is an Honorary Associate Professor in Early Modern History at The University of Queensland. Her research background spans history and music, and her cultural history research, teaching, and service concentrate on the marginalized and institutionalized by analysing the mental, physical (including material culture) and auditory landscapes of past cultures.

Dolly won the inaugural Arts Faculty Research Excellence Award for Senior Researchers (2011) at The University of Queensland. Dolly was also awarded a UQ New Staff Research Fund (2011), a University of Queensland Promoting Women Fellowship (2014), and an inaugural Faculty Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities (2015), Faculty of HASS, UQ.

She is an Associate Investigator (2012 & 2016) with the Australian Research Council Centre for Excellence for the History of Emotions (The University of Queensland/The University of Western Australia), and a guest musician for the following projects:​

  1. ARC CHE AI Project 2012: Emotional Landscapes: English and Scottish battlefield memorials 1638-1936
  2. ARC CHE AI Project 2016: Soundscapes of Emotion: bell ringing in England c1500-c1800
  3. One of the guest artists with the Baroque Orchestra for ARC CHE Public Performances (2013) of Pepusch's Venus and Adonis, The University of Queensland Art Museum, Saturday 23 November 2013, 2.30pm Tuesday 26 November 2013, 6.30pm. Musical Director: Donald Nicolson, Producer: Jane Davidson, Soloists, and Chorus. The Orchestra was The Badinerie Players joined by guest artists from across Australia. [You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS0KcYfAC-8]

Dolly's international research is demonstrated by her consistent collaborative grant successes including multiple ARC (both Linkage and Discoveries) projects, and an international Marsden Fund-Royal Society of New Zealand, totaling just under 1 million dollars.

Her most recent ARC grants include the following:

  • ARC Discovery Grant ($249,000) with Professor ELizabeth Malcolm (The University of Melbourne) and Dr John Waller (Michigan State University).

Project: ‘A History of psychiatric Institutions and community care in Australia, 1830-1990’). See online database, Australian Psychiatric Care: A History of Psychiatric Institutionalisation and Community Care in Australia c.1811-c.1990 (http://www.ahpi.esrc.unimelb.edu.au/researchteam.html) (2007-2011);

  • ARC Linkage Grant ($149,000) with Professor ELizabeth Malcolm & Dr Nurin Veis (Museum Victoria) (2009-2012) at The University of Melbourne.
  • ARC Discovery Grant ($300,000) with Megan Casidy-Welch (Monash University) analysing 'Battlefields of memory: places of war and remembrance in medieval and early modern England and Scotland' (2014-2016).

Dolly has written and co-edited five books, over thirty chapters and journal articles, and has edited two Special Journal Issues. Her monograph is entitled Earls Colne's Early Modern Landscapes (Farnham, Surrey:Asghate, 2014). She has co-edited Madness in Australia: Histories, Heritage and the Asylum (St. Lucia: UQP, 2003) and Exhibiting Madness: Exhibiting Madness: Remembering Psychiatry through Collections and Display (New York: Routledge, 2011) both with Professor Catherine Coleborne, and Hearing Places: Sound, Place, Time and Culture [Paperback 2007 and hardback 2009 editions] (2007; Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009), co- edited with Dr Ros Bandt and Dr Michelle Duffy, and containing a CD of Sound Examples.

Research Interests

  • Research Interests :
    Early modern soundscapes and landscapes, material culture, and cultural heritage; Histories of psychiatry; material culture and museums;
  • Research Projects & ARC Grants:
    1) Children and Youth -Early Modern War and conflict (England and Scotland) 2) ARC Discovery Project (2014-2016) - ‘War and Remembrance in England and Scotland 1500-1700’. 3) ARC CHE AI (2016) - Soundscapes of Emotion: Bell ringing in England c1500-c1800


  • Graduate Certificate in Education, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Music, University of Melbourne
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne


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