Photo of Jose Cree.Jose Murgatroyd Cree

Title: The Invention of Addiction in Early Modern England.
Period: 1500-1800
Funded by: AHRC WRoCAH Collaborative Award
Start year: 2014
Awarded: 2019

Primary: Professor Phil Withington | Secondary: Dr Tania Demetriou


Academic background

  • M.A. Early Modern History (Distinction), Sheffield, 2012
  • B.A. (Hons) History (First Class), Sheffield, 2009

Research topic

My PhD examines the meaning of 'addiction' throughout the early modern period, from the appearance of the word in the 1520s through to the end of the sixteenth century.

Using techniques taken from corpus linguistics alongside qualitative analysis of printed sources, I explore origins, translation, changing meanings, and the broader context of use, against the social and cultural backdrop of early modern England.


Conference papers

  • Jun 2017 | Alcohol and Drugs History Society (ADHS) Conference | Utrecht, Netherlands
    Forthcoming paper: ‘Exploring the link between early modern addiction, national stereotypes, and English perceptions of ‘otherness’’
  • Nov 2016 | SCEMS Early Modern Forum | Sheffield, UK
    Ran a session on 'Quantitative and qualitative approaches to the language of addiction.'
  • Nov 2016 | Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA) Symposium | York, UK
    Presented paper: 'The Invention of Addiction in Early Modern England.'
  • Sep 2016 | Intoxication, Discourse, & Practice Workshop | Sheffield, UK
    Presented paper: 'Discourses of Addiction in Early Modern England.'
  • Mar 2016 | Renaissance Society of America (RSA) Annual Conference | Boston, USA
    Presented paper: 'The Origins of Addiction.'
  • Feb 2016 | Practices and Discourse Workshop | Oldenburg, Germany
    Presented paper: 'Addiction Discourse.'


  • Associate tutor: HST115 The Disenchantment of Early Modern Europe
  • ThinkCreate Facilitator.
  • Hourly Paid Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, 2013-14. Taught on the history modules 'Medieval and Early Modern Worlds' and 'Theory, Method and Interpretation'
Public Engagement

Public engagement

  • Presented a poster as part of the 'Intoxication Station' at the Festival of Arts and Humanities, Millenium Galleries, Sheffield, 2016
  • June 2017, organised a two day international conference on 'Habitual Behaviour in Early Modern Europe', with keynotes Steven Shapin and Sasha Handley.
  • Jun 2016, Oxford Digital Humanities Summer School: From Text to Tech, Oxford University. A week long digital humanities training course on textual analysis.
  • May 2016, Stanford Centre for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), Researcher Employability Project, Stanford University, USA. Collaborated on the 'Tudor Networks of Power' project, run by Ruth and Sebastian Ahnert, funded by the AHRC