Dr Andrew McKenzie-McHarg

Research Fellow
Medieval and Early Modern Studies


Areas of expertise: early modern anti-Jesuit rhetoric; radical Enlightenment; early modern autobiographies; anonymity; secrecy; secret societies; conceptual history

Phone: +61392308312

Email: Andrew.mckenzie-mcharg@acu.edu.au

Location: ACU Melbourne Campus 

Andrew studied political science at the Free University in Berlin before moving on to do a PhD in history at the University of Erfurt, where he was affiliated with the Gotha Research Center and its program of inquiry into early modern heterodoxy. Subsequently he was part of the Conspiracy and Democracy Project at the University of Cambridge. Andrew has had fellowships at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University and at the Warburg Institute at the University of London. His interests range from anti-Jesuit polemic through radical currents of Enlightenment thought to modern intellectual history. Currently he is looking at how modern forms of conspiracy theorizing have their roots in early modern denunciations of heresy.

Select publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • From Status Anxiety to the Paranoid Style: Richard Hofstadter’s Search for a Diagnosis of American Right-Wing Politics” [forthcoming]
  • Anonymity and Ideology. When Defenders of Church and State opt for Anonymity,” Publications of the English Goethe Society 88:3 (2019), 162–83.
  • Experts vs. Eyewitnesses. Or: How Did Conspiracy Theories Come to Rely on Images?,” Word & Image 35(2) (2019), 141–58.
  • Georg Friedrich von Johnssen’s Contribution to the Emergence of the Unknown Superiors, 1763-1764,” Publications of the English Goethe Society 87:1 (2018), 35–50. https://doi.org/10.1080/09593683.2018.1433484
  • ‘A general murther, an universal slaughter.’ Strategies of Anti-Jesuit Defamation in Reporting Assassination in the Early Modern Period,” in Murder Most Foul: Medieval and Early Modern Homicide, ed. Larissa Tracy (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2018), 281–307.
  • Putting a Positive Spin on Priestcraft. Notions of Deceit and Accommodation in Late-Enlightenment German Theology,” Intellectual History Review 28:1 (2018), 201–24.
  • http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17496977.2018.1402436
  • [with James Lancaster], “Priestcraft. Anatomising the Anti-Clericalism of Early Modern Europe,” Intellectual History Review 28:1 (2018), 7–22
  • http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17496977.2018.1402448
  • How to Sabotage a Secret Society. The Demise of Carl Friedrich Bahrdt’s German Union in 1789,” The Historical Journal 61:2 (2018), 379–402. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X17000012
  • [with Rolf Fredheim], “Cock-Ups and Slap-downs: A Quantitative Analysis of Conspiracy Rhetoric in the British Parliament 1916-2015,” Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History 50:3 (September 2017), 156–69. https://doi.org/10.1080/01615440.2017.1320616
  • ‘Unknown Sciences’ and Unknown Superiors. The Problem of Non-Knowledge in Eighteenth-Century Secret Societies,” in The Dark Side of Knowledge: Histories of Ignorance, 1400-1800. Intersections, ed. Cornel Zwierlein (Brill. Leiden 2016), 333–57
  • Martyrdom and its Discontents: The Martyr as a Motif of Migration in Early Modern Europe,” in Migrations in the German Lands, 1500-2000, ed. Jared Poley, Jason Coy, and Alexander Schunka (Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2016), 35–50.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • [with Todor Hristov and Alejandro Romero-Reche], “Introduction: Section 1 (Definition and Approaches),” in Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories, ed. Michael Butter and Peter Knight (London: Routledge, 2019), 11–15.
  • Conceptual History and Conspiracy Theory,” in Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories, ed. Michael Butter and Peter Knight (London: Routledge, 2019), 28–42.
  • [with Claus Oberhauser], “Conspiracy Theorising and the history of media in the eighteenth century,” in Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories, ed. Michael Butter and Peter Knight (London: Routledge, 2019), 401–14.
  • Conspiracy Theory: The Nineteenth-Century Prehistory of a Twentieth-Century Concept.” In: Joseph Uscinski (ed.), Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018), 62–81.
  • Was gibt eine Lebensbeschreibung preis? Autobiographie und Indiskretion im späten 18. Jahrhundert,” in Friedrich Christian Laukhard (1757–1822). Schriftsteller, Radikalaufklärer und gelehrter Soldat, ed. Guido Naschert (Paderborn: Ferdinard Schönigh, 2017), 145–82.
  • Strategien der Rettung. Johann August Eberhards Neue Apologie des Sokrates,” in Verteidigung als Angriff. Apologie und Vindicatio als Möglichkeiten der Positionierung im gelehrten Diskurs, ed. Michael Multhammer (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015), 229-262.
  • Das Geheimnis der Freimaurer,” in Das Geheimnis und das Wissen, ed. Sebastian Klinge and Laurens Schlichts (Berlin: Trafo Verlag, 2015), 31-64.
  • Der Untergrund als tödliche Falle: von einer Realität des religiösen Konflikts zu einer Metapher der politischen Subversion,” in Kriminelle – Freidenker - Alchemisten. Räume des Untergrunds in der Frühen Neuzeit, ed. Matrin Mulsow (Cologne: Böhlau Verlag, 2014), 619-668.
  • The Transfer of anti-Illuminati Conspiracy Theories to America in the late 18th Century,” Conspiracy Theories in the Middle East and the United States, ed. Michael Butter und Maurus Reinkowski (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013), 231-250.
  • Überlegungen zur Radikalaufklärung am Beispiel von Carl Friedrich Bahrdt” in Jahrbuch der Aufklärung, ed. Martin Mulsow and Guido Naschert (Hamburg, Felix Meiner Verlag, 2012), 207-240.

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