Katie Barclay

Associate Professor Katie Barclay

Associate Professor

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD, but is currently at capacity - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Katie Barclay is an Associate Professor in the ARC Centre for Excellence in the History of Emotions, and Department of History. She is a graduate in Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow, where she completed her undergraduate degree, Masters and PhD. Before joining the University of Adelaide, she held a Research Fellowship in the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen’s University, Belfast. Between 2008 and 2010, she worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick on a project, run jointly with Queen’s, ‘Marriage in Ireland, 1660-1925’. In 2007-8, Dr Barclay was the Economic History Society Anniversary Fellow, held through the Institute of Historical Research, London. She came to Australia as Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for the History of Emotions (2011-2014), and subsequently held a Discovery Early Career Award (2014-2017). In 2017-18, Barclay was a EURIAS Marie Curie Fellow at Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Aarhus Universitet.

My research expertise can be grouped into three areas: 1) the history of emotions and family life; 2) the history of subjectivity and identity creation; 3) histories of Britain, particularly Scotland and Ireland between the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. I have a particular expertise in how people display, construct and understand emotions in a variety of contexts, but particularly within family relationships and childhood studies, including marriage, parent-child and sibling relationships. This includes histories of love and intimacy, grief and anger and more. I have an innovative approach to exploring how people perform who they are (whether in letters, song, or in everyday interactions), how those performed selves influence social and familial interaction, and how emotion is used as a medium for identity, as a method of communication, and as a tool for negotiating power. Whilst I trained as an economic and social historian, and moved into cultural history, I have spent much of my career in interdisciplinary centres. Thus, my work is marked by a broad range of cultural studies methodologies, intersecting with literature, sociology, law and gender studies. I have worked on case studies that range from medieval Europe to twenty-first century Australia.

I am the author of Love, Intimacy and Power: Marriage and Patriarchy in Scotland, 1650-1850 (Manchester, 2011), Men on Trial: Performing Emotion, Embodiment and Identity, 1800-1845 (Manchester, 2019) and numerous articles and book chapters. A third monograph, written with David Lemmings and Claire Walker, Governing Emotions: the Affective Family, the Press and the Law during the Long Eighteenth Century is under contract with Palgrave and investigates how representations of the family produce an 'emotional public opinion' that enables historical change. I am currently writing my fourth monograph, Caritas: Neighbourly Love and the Early Modern Self, that draws on research on lower order Scots conducted as part of an ARC DECRA Fellowship, and explores how emotional ethic of love shaped community relationships. I also have a number of new projects on the go. I hold an ARC Discovery grant 'Precarious Accounts: Money, Sex and Power in the Industrial Revolution' to explore how accounting practices shaped selfhood and morality across the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and having an ongoing community-engagement project with Dr Jenni Caruso and Murray Bridge High School on the Stolen Generations. Increasingly my research is returning to questions of family life, with an emphasis on intergenerational transmission of identity and memory within families.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2018 EURIAS Marie Curie Fellow Aarhus Universitet
    2017 - 2018 Senior Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2017 Discovery Early Career Research Award Fellow University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2014 Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2011 Research Fellow Queen's University Belfast
    2008 - 2010 Research Fellow University of Warwick
    2007 - 2008 Economic History Society Anniversary Fellow University of London/ University of Glasgow
    2004 - 2008 Casual Lecturer and Tutor University of Glasgow
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2016 Fellowship Fellow of the Royal Historical Society Royal Historical Society United Kingdom
    2015 Research Award Vice-Chancellor’s Women’s Research Excellence Award University of Adelaide Australia $5,000
    2014 Fellowship Visiting Research Fellowship Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
    2012 Award Senior Hume-Brown Prize for Scottish History United Kingdom £2000
    2012 Award Women’s History Network Book Prize Women’s History Network United Kingdom £500
    2011 Fellowship Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Emotions University of Adelaide Australia
    2010 Fellowship Institute of Irish Studies Research Fellowship Queen's University, Belfast United Kingdom
    2008 Fellowship AHRC Research Fellowship University of Warwick United Kingdom
    2007 Fellowship Economic History Society Anniversary Fellowship Institute of Historical Research, University of London United Kingdom
    2005 Award Women’s History Scotland Essay Prize Women's History Scotland United Kingdom £100
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2004 - 2008 University of Glasgow United Kingdom PhD Economic and Social History
    2003 - 2004 University of Glasgow United Kingdom MPhil Social History
    1999 - 2003 University of Glasgow United Kingdom MA(Hons) Economic and Social History

Major Grants

Precarious Accounts: Money, Sex and Power in the Industrial Revolution, project funded by the ARC 2019-2021, DP190100626, $150,000

This project aims to provide a historical perspective on contemporary debates around the uses of self-tracking technologies. It expects to generate new knowledge on how practices for quantifying the self relate to significant social and economic change, notably during the industrial revolution, and so how measuring systems and the production of big data shape the world. It does so using a case study of Gilbert Innes, a banker known for his sexual exploitation of women and obsessive book-keeping. The expected outcome is a history of how accounting shaped identity and morality in the nineteenth century. Through improving our understanding of how quantification practices shape society, this research supports their effective use today. Outcomes include: a workshop, monograph, articles and book chapters, edited collection.

Family, Identity and the Stolen Generation, project funded by SA Stolen Generations Community Reparation Fund, $92,202, With Katie Barclay, Jenni Caruso (University of Adelaide) & Steven Barclay, Cheryl Love and Joffre Pearce (Murray Bridge High School)

The Njarrindjeri people of the Murray Bridge region were deeply impacted by the forcible removal of their children. It has left deep legacies, not only in terms of hurt and loss of family and identity for the members of the community who were removed or who lost their children, but for the wider community and for their children in the present, who live in its shadow. Despite this, the history of the Stolen Generations is not widely told in South Australian schools, nor are these legacies and their impacts well understood. This project is a community engagement project between members of the Stolen Generation community residing in the Murray Bridge region and the students of Murray Bridge High School, supported by academics at the University of Adelaide. In brief, it involves conducting oral histories with the Stolen Generation and using them as the basis for local activities and engagement between students and the community, an online memorial, and the production of a curriculum, including teaching resources, that can be rolled out in schools across South Australia. It shall also contribute to academic histories on this subject.

A History of Intimate Relationships in Scotland: Emotion and Family among the Lower Orders, 1661-1830, project funded by the ARC 2014-2017, DE140100111, $373,329

Small Grants, Conference and Seminar Funding

2017 University of Adelaide Faculty of Architecture Conference funding (Mapping the Emotional Cityscape), $3,582

2017 ARC Centre for the History of Emotions Symposium Scheme (Mapping the Emotional Cityscape), $3,474

2016 ARC Centre for the History of Emotions Conference Panel Bursary Scheme (Big Berks), $13,750

2015 University of Adelaide Faculty Research Active Award Scheme (The Bank of Mum and Dad) $5,000

2015 University of Adelaide Interdisciplinary Research Fund (Dislocated Children: Children in/and Care) $26,000

2015 Economic History Society Conference Grant (Marriage Symposium) £1,000

2014 University of Adelaide DVC Teaching & Learning Grant (e-learning project) $10,000

2012 Strathmartine Trust Grant (reproduction of images) £1015

2012 Scouloudi Publication Grant (reproduction of images) £1000

2011 Economic History Society Conference Grant (ESHSS Conference) £1951

2011 Royal Historical Society Conference Grant (ESHSS Conference) £100

2010 Roberts Fund, University of Warwick (research) £600

2010 Economic History Society Conference Grant (Women’s History Network Conference) £2000

2010 Royal Historical Society Conference Grant (Women’s History Network Conference) £200

2010 Royal Historical Society Conference Grant (ESHSS Conference) £200

2007 Economic History Society Conference Grant (Historical Perspectives Conference) £2000

2007 ESHSS Conference Grant (Historical Perspectives Conference) £200

2006 AHRC Conference Grant (Historical Perspectives Conference) £2000

2006 ESHSS Conference Grant (Historical Perspectives Conference) £200

2005 Economic History Society Conference Grant (Historical Perspectives Conference) £2000

2005 Arts and Humanities Collaborative Research Training Initiatives Fund, Roberts Trust (Historical Perspectives Seminar Series) £360

I am actively engaged in teaching and learning, currently convening the history teaching and learning committee, and sitting on the school committee. I have an interest in new and old pedagogies, including the importance of rhetoric in lecturing, the uses of the flipped classroom in teaching, and integrating research skills throughout undergraduate courses. I teach a range of courses in undergraduate history, as well as contributing a module on 'Sexual Revolutions' in our first year Revolutions course.

Power, Money Sex: Britain, 1700-1830 (Level 2)

The Family, Memory and Identity (Level 2)

Emotions in Historical Perspective (Level 3)

 

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Princess Mary and the Performance of Loyalty, 1516-1547. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Meagan Elizabeth Nattrass
    2019 Principal Supervisor Precarious Accounts: Britain 1700-1850 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Michael Henry Napier Heim
    2019 Principal Supervisor Effect of Renaissance Stage on Perceptions of English Monarchy 1550 - 1649 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Anthony John Kulas
    2019 Co-Supervisor The Effect of Separation on Married Couples During World War II Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Emma Gwen Carson
    2019 Co-Supervisor Political Leaders Nonverbal Signalling and Political Support Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Thomas James Price
    2018 Co-Supervisor Women, Business and the Law: Examining FEME Sole traders, their agency, awareness and use of the legal system Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Emily Ireland
    2018 Principal Supervisor Eighteenth-Century Literature and Sexuality Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Lani Gerbi
    2016 Co-Supervisor Female Patronage and Religious Networks in Reformation England, c. 1534-1558 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Stephanie Joan Thomson
    2016 Co-Supervisor Seventeenth-Century English Nuns in Exile: Mysticism and Emotion Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jessica McCandless
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - 2018 Co-Supervisor 'Baptism, No Wall of Division': Seventeenth-Century Particular Baptists and Dynamics of Toleration Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Matthew James Gray
    2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Emotions in Place: The Creation of the Suburban 'Other' in Early Modern London Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Jade Michelle Riddle
    2013 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Aristocratic Women at the Late Elizabethan Court: Politics, Patronage and Power Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Joanne Lee Hocking
    2013 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Dynastic Marriage in England, Castile and Aragon, 11th-16th Centuries Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Lisa Anne Joseph
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  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2014 - 2015 Advisory Board Member Advisory Reference Group ‘Diploma/Associate Degree of Tertiary Studies Renewal of Course Accreditation’ Melbourne Polytechnic Australia
    2009 - 2011 Director Glasgow Women’s Aid Glasgow Women’s Aid United Kingdom
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Co-Founder Dislocated Childhoods Research Cluster University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member School of Humanities Teaching and Learning Committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2014 - ongoing Chair Family & Emotions Research Cluster ARC Centre for the History of Emotions Australia
    2014 - ongoing Member WHN Book Prize Committee Women's History Network United Kingdom
    2014 - 2014 Member HUMSS Faculty Research Committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2014 - ongoing Chair History Discipline Teaching and Learning Committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2012 - 2013 Member History Discipline Research Committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2011 - ongoing Representative Economic and Social History Society for Scotland United Kingdom
    2010 - ongoing Member ESHSS Annual Postgraduate Essay Prize Economic and Social History Society of Scotland
    2009 - 2011 Board Member Women's History Network Women's History Network United Kingdom
    2007 - 2011 Secretary Economic and Social History Society for Scotland United Kingdom
    2006 - 2008 Board Member Historical Perspectives Postgraduate Society United Kingdom
    2004 - 2007 Member Economic and Social History Society for Scotland United Kingdom
    2004 - 2006 Treasurer Historical Perspectives Postgraduate Society United Kingdom
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2015 - ongoing Member Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender Australia
    2011 - ongoing Member Australian Women's History Network Australia
    2011 - ongoing Member Gender in European Towns Network Denmark
    2008 - ongoing Member Women's History Scotland United Kingdom
    2007 - 2010 Member Centre for Gender History, University of Glasgow United Kingdom
    2004 - ongoing Member Women's History Network United Kingdom
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Editor Emotions: History, Culture, Society Australia
    2011 - 2015 Editor-In-chief Women's History Women's History Network United Kingdom
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83135916
  • Email: katie.barclay@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4341
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 3
  • Room: 3 07
  • Org Unit: History

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