School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
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.
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.
Date Position Institution name 2010 - ongoing Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2008 - 2009 Lecturer University of Adelaide, Adelaide 1992 - 2007 Lecturer The University of Newcastle
Language Competency French Can read
Date Institution name Country Title 1996 The University of Western Australia Australia PhD 1987 The University of Western Australia Australia BA (Hons)
Year Citation 2019 Broomhall, S., Davidson, J., Lynch, A., Lemmings, D., Walker, C., & Barclay, K. (Eds.) (2019). A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Baroque and Enlightenment Age (1600-1780) (Vol. 4). London: Bloomsbury Academic. 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.
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. Broomhall, S. (n.d.). Early Modern Emotions. Routledge.
Year Citation 2020 Walker, C. (2020). Religious Devotion, Gender and the Body in Europe, 1100–1800. In Journal of Religious History Vol. 44 (pp. 403-406). WILEY.
HIST2053 Medieval Europe from the Crusades to the Black Death
This course explores the lives and experiences of people in western Europe during the Middle Ages. 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. Students have the unique opportunity to locate and research medieval objects and examples of medievalism in Adelaide for a virtual 'museum' exhibition.
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 2022 Principal Supervisor Marginal Martyrs: Faith, Doubt, and John Foxe, c. 1553-1558 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Grace May Howe 2022 Principal Supervisor Love in Gethsemane: The Consolatory Legacy of Thomas More in the Writings of English Exiles and Martyrs Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mitchell Robert Thompson 2020 Principal Supervisor Gender, History and Magic: The Witch in Video Games Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Tess Alana Watterson 2020 Principal Supervisor ‘A Floating Home’: The emotional lives of nineteenth-century emigrants voyaging to Australia Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Emma Laurel Mary Grimes 2019 Principal Supervisor Princess Mary and the Performance of Loyalty, 1516-1547. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Meagan Elizabeth Nattrass 2019 Principal Supervisor Henrician Fashion Diplomacy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Grace Samantha Hickey Waye-Harris 2013 Principal Supervisor Early Modern Sermons and Religious Culture Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Jasmin Sonya Parasiers
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Feeling Heads: Phrenology and Emotion in the United States, 1820-1850 Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Lachlan James McCarron 2018 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Romantic and Socio-Sexual Scripts in Eighteenth-Century Britain Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Lani Gerbi 2016 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Epilepsy in the Lunatic Asylums of South Australia (1852 – 1913) Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mrs Margaret Boult 2016 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Women, Piety, and Patronage in Reformation England, c.1530-1558 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Stephanie Joan Thomson 2016 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Mysticism and Emotional transformation in a Seventeenth-Century English Convent Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jessica McCandless 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 Dr 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 2011 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Fleecing the Pious: The Palmers' Guild of Ludlow in the Central and North Welsh Marches 1400-1530 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Judith Bailey 2010 - 2018 Principal Supervisor 'Baptism, No Wall of Division': Seventeenth-Century Particular Baptists and Dynamics of Toleration Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Matthew James Gray
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
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