Dr Claire Walker

Claire Walker
Lecturer
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts

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.

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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.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2010 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide, Adelaide
2008 - 2009 Lecturer University of Adelaide, Adelaide
1992 - 2007 Lecturer The University of Newcastle

Language Competencies

Language Competency
French Can read

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
1996 The University of Western Australia Australia PhD
1987 The University of Western Australia Australia BA (Hons)

Research Interests

Journals

Books

Year Citation
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.

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2017 Walker, C. (2017). Monastic communities. In S. Broomhall (Ed.), Early Modern Emotions An Introduction (Vol. n/a, 1st ed., pp. 277-280). London and New York: Routledge.
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2017 Walker, C. (2017). Political ritual and religious devotion in early modern English convents. In M. Bailey, & K. Barclay (Eds.), Emotion, Ritual and Power in Europe, 1200-1920 Family, State and Church (Vol. n/a, 1st ed., pp. 221-239). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
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2015 Walker, C. (2015). Whispering Fama: Talk and reputation in early modern Europe. In H. Kerr, & C. Walker (Eds.), 'Fama' and her sisters: Gossip and rumour in early modern Europe (1 ed., pp. 9-35). Belgium: Brepols Publishers.
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2015 Walker, C., & Kerr, H. (2015). Introduction: New perspectives on Fama. In H. Kerr, & C. Walker (Eds.), 'Fama' and her sisters: Gossip and rumour in early modern Europe (1 ed., pp. 1-7). Belgium: Brepols Publishers.
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2015 Walker, C. (2015). An ordered cloister? Dissenting passions in early modern English cloisters. In S. Broomhall (Ed.), Gender and Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Destroying Order, Structuring Disorder (pp. 197-214). Farnham: Routledge.
2014 Walker, C. (2014). 'When God shall restore them to their kingdoms': Nuns, exiled Stuarts and English Catholic identity, 1688-1745. In S. Apetrei, & H. Smith (Eds.), Religion and women in Britain, c. 1660-1760 (1 ed., pp. 79-97). United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing.
2010 Walker, C. (2010). Continuity and Isolation: The Bridgettines of Syon in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. In E. Jones, & A. Walsham (Eds.), Syon Abbey and its books reading, writing and religion c.1400-1700 (pp. 155-176). Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK: Boydell Press, the.
2009 Walker, C. (2009). Remember Justice Godfrey: The popish plot and the construction of panic in Seventeenth-Century media. In D. Lemmings, & C. Walker (Eds.), Moral panics, the media and the law in early modern England (pp. 117-138). Hampshire, England: Palgrave MacMillan.
2009 Walker, C. (2009). Priests Nuns Presses and Prayers: The Southern Netherlands and the Contours of English Catholicism. In B. Kaplan, B. Moore, H. Nierop, & J. Pollmann (Eds.), Catholic Communities in Protestant States: Britain and the Netherlands c. 1570-1720 (pp. 139-155). Manchester: Manchester University Press.
2008 Walker, C. (2008). Recusants, daughters and sisters in Christ: English nuns and their communities in the seventeenth century. In S. Tarbin, & S. Broomhall (Eds.), Women, Identities and Communitiies in Early Modern Europe (pp. 61-78). United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing Limited.
2008 Walker, C. (2008). Securing Souls or telling tales? The politics of cloistered life in an English convent. In C. Wyhe (Ed.), Female Monasticism in Early Modern Europe (pp. 227-244). United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing Limited.
2006 Walker, C. (2006). Introduction. In B. Travitsky, & A. Prescott (Eds.), The early modern Englishwoman: A facsimile library of essential works (pp. ix-xix). England: Ashgate Publishing Limited.
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2004 Walker, C. (2004). Wiseman [née Vaughan], Jane (d. 1610), recusant and priest harbourer. In L. Goldman (Ed.), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (pp. online-1). Great Britain: Oxford University Press.
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2004 Walker, C. (2004). Radcliffe, Margaret [name in religion Margaret Paul] (1582x5–1654), abbess. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (pp. 1 page). Great Britain: Oxford University Press.
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2004 Walker, C. (2004). Lawson [née Constable], Dorothy (1580–1632), recusant and priest harbourer. In D. Cannadine (Ed.), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (pp. 1 page). Great Britain: Oxford University Press.
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2004 Walker, C. (2004). Clitherow [née Middleton], Margaret [St Margaret Clitherow] (1552/3–1586), Roman Catholic martyr. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (pp. 1 page). Great Britain: Oxford University Press.
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2004 Walker, C. (2004). Loyal and dutiful subjects: English nuns and Stuart politics. In James Daybell (Ed.), Women and politics in early modern England, 1450-1700 (pp. 228-242). Aldershot & Burlington: Ashgate Publishing Limited.
2004 Walker, C. (2004). Spiritual Property: The English Benedictine Nuns of Cambrai and the Dispute over the Baker Manuscripts. In N. Wright, M. Ferguson, & A. Buck (Eds.), Women, Property and the Letters of the Law in Early Modern England (pp. 237-255). Toronto: University of Toronto Press Inc..
2001 Walker, C. (2001). "Doe not suppose me a well mortifyed Nun dead to the world" : Letter Writing in Early Modern English Convents. In Early Modern Women's Letter Writing (pp. 159-176). Bashingstoke: 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.

Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

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

Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

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

Offices Held

Date Office Name Institution Country
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
Position
Lecturer
Phone
83135159
Fax
8313 5241
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Napier Building, floor 3
Room Number
3 12
Org Unit
History

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