Dr Claire Walker
Claire Walker studied at the University of Western Australia before being appointed to her first academic position at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She has been teaching history at the University of Adelaide since 2007. As an early modernist, Claire teaches courses on early modern European history, heresy and witchcraft, and medieval Europe. She researches the history of religion, society, politics, gender and material culture in 17th and 18th centuries, focusing in particular on exiled communities of English nuns in France and the Southern Netherlands and on the family of Samuel Wesley Senior.
✓ Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD — email supervisor to discuss availability.
Governing Emotion: The Affective Family, the Press and the Law in Early Modern Britain
This project investigates the rise of an ‘emotional public’ around anxieties about threats to the affective family, and to assess its influence in matters of law and governance in early modern Britain, from sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. It is a joint project with Dr Katie Barclay and Professor David Lemmings, both of the University of Adelaide and the Australia Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. I am focusing on religious media and representations of the affective family, relying principally on sermon literature and conduct/advice manuals. Sermons and religious prescriptive literature remained a key shaper of public opinion, even into the eighteenth century when the regular press was increasingly influential. Sermons imagined that piety, morality and good order would be manifested not just in the behaviour, but also in the emotional state of individuals, particular with the rise of sensibility in the eighteenth century. They, along with conduct literature, can be read as indicators of contemporary concerns regarding moral laxity and the social disorder which might emanate from it, but they can also be considered as key texts for establishing ‘emotives’ and emotional communities.
Devotional Objects and Affective Spaces: The Materiality of Religious Exile in Early Modern English Convents
This project considers gender, religion and material culture within the context of exile/migration in seventeenth and eighteenth-century Europe. It examines how religious objects and spaces might mediate the anguish of separation from the homeland and establish new relationships and identities. Using monastic chronicles, personal diaries and letters, religious images and statues, relics, shrines, religious furnishings and convent plans and maps, it documents the location, provenance, uses and meanings of particular rooms/areas and objects to explore how exiled nuns used artefacts to endure, explain and embrace religious exile. It also considers the ways these artifacts shaped collective and personal spiritual devotions.
|2010||Senior Lecturer||University of Adelaide, Adelaide|
|2008 - 2009||Lecturer||University of Adelaide, Adelaide|
|1992 - 2007||Lecturer||The University of Newcastle|
|1996||The University of Western Australia||Australia||PhD|
|1987||The University of Western Australia||Australia||BA (Hons)|
|2017||Walker, C. (2017). Governing Bodies, Family and Society: The Rhetoric of the Passions in the Sermons of Samuel Wesley. English Studies, 98(7).
|2017||Walker, C. (2017). The Experience of Exile in Early Modern English Convents. Parergon, 34(2), 151-169.|
|2016||Walker, C. (2016). Exiled children: Care in English convents in the 17th and 18th centuries. Children Australia, 41(3), 168-177.
|2012||Walker, C. (2012). Crumbs of news: early modern English nuns and royalist intelligence networks. Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 42(3), 635-655.
|2009||Walker, C. (2009). Going against some forcible wind: Writing and Reform in Medieval and Early Modern Convents. Journal of Womens History, 21(1), 135-144.
|2002||Walker, C. (2002). Godliness, Sex and Propaganda: Gender in the Confessional Age. Review of 4 Books. Gender and History, 14(1), 138-142.
|2015||Kerr, H., & Walker, C. (Eds.) (2015). 'Fama' and Her Sisters: Gossip and Rumour in Early Modern Europe (1st ed.). Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers.|
|2009||Lemmings, D., & Walker, C. (Eds.) (2009). Moral panics, the media and the law in early modern England. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.|
|2006||Walker, C. (Ed.) (2006). Elizabeth Evelinge, III. Australia: Ashgate Publishing Limited.|
|2003||Walker, C. (2003). Gender and Politics in Early Modern Europe: English Convents in France and the Low Countries. Basingstoke UK: Palgrave MacMillan.|
HIST2053 Medieval Europe from the Crusades to the Black Death
This course (taught with Dr Gareth Pritchard) explores the lives and experiences of five types of people in western Europe during the Middle Ages: (i) warriors, (ii) women, (iii) townspeople, (iv) peasants, and (v) clergy, monks and nuns. We begin the course in the early Middle Ages with Charlemagne and his successors, and the upheaval caused by Vikings and other invaders. We shall then consider the expansion of European power in the eleventh and twelfth centuries (including the Crusades), and the flourishing of European civilisation and culture, trade and urban life in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. At the end of the course, we discuss the crisis of medieval civilisation that was brought about by conflicts within the Church, the great struggle between France and England, and the Black Death.
HIST2069 Heresy and Witchcraft in Medieval Europe
This course explores belief and deviancy in medieval Europe. After identifying religious and cultural orthodoxy, it embarks upon an analysis of dissent. Divergence from sanctioned ideology and ritual ranged from the spiritual and social challenge of medieval heresies, through popular beliefs in the magical powers of people and objects, to the witch hunts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Using a wide variety of original documents and historical interpretations, the course aims to understand and explain conflicting belief systems and the rise of intolerance in the pre-modern world.
HIST3037 Early Modern Europe
The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries are often claimed by historians to represent the transition between the medieval and modern worlds. Beginning with the Renaissance and Reformation, the era was characterised by intellectual, religious and political upheaval, which affected all levels of society, not only the elites. Through lectures, documentaries and films, tutorials and particular emphasis on primary documents, students will examine not only the great events of this era, but they will also delve below the surface to discuss the impact of these changes on the lives of ordinary men and women.
|Date||Role||Research Topic||Program||Degree Type||Student Load||Student Name|
|2016||Principal Supervisor||Female Patronage and Religious Networks in Reformation England, c. 1534-1558||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Ms Stephanie Joan Thomson|
|2016||Principal Supervisor||Epilepsy in The Adelaide Lunatic Asylums: The Years of Institutionalization||Master of Philosophy||Master||Full Time||Mrs Margaret Boult|
|2016||Principal Supervisor||Seventeenth-Century English Nuns in Exile: Mysticism and Emotion||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Miss Jessica McCandless|
|2013||Principal Supervisor||Early Modern Sermons and Religious Culture||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Part Time||Jasmin Sonya Parasiers|
|2012||Co-Supervisor||Human Hybrids in German Renaissance Visual Culture||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Part Time||Ms Dana Kelly-Ann Rehn|
|2011||Co-Supervisor||Sacred Spaces: Guild Buildings and their Role in Late Medieval England||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Part Time||Ms Judith Bailey|
|2010||Principal Supervisor||A Tale of Two Hannah's: Hannah Kiffin-Hewling and Hannah Hewling Cromwell, Particular Baptists in Late 17th and Early 18th Century Britain||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Part Time||Mr Matthew James Gray|
|Date||Role||Research Topic||Program||Degree Type||Student Load||Student Name|
|2012 - 2015||Principal Supervisor||Dynastic Marriage in England, Castile and Aragon, 11th-16th Centuries||Master of Philosophy||Master||Full Time||Ms Lisa Anne Joseph|
|2012 - 2017||Principal Supervisor||A 'Plea of Humanity'? Emotions and the Makings of Lunacy Reform in Britain, c.1770-1820||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Part Time||Mark Adam Neuendorf|
|2011 - 2017||Principal Supervisor||A Dynamic Equilibrium: Doctors and Patients in Seventeenth Century England||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Part Time||Mrs Elizabeth Connolly|
|2011 - 2014||Co-Supervisor||Treason, Passion and Power in England, 1660 - 1685||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Elsa Reuter|
|2017 - 2017||Acting Director, Adelaide Node, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions||ARC CHE and the University of Adelaide||Australia|
|2015 - ongoing||Deputy Director, Adelaide Node, ARC Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotions||ARC, CHE and the University of Adelaide||Australia|