Head of Department, Associate Professor
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Katie Barclay is Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotions and Associate Professor and Head of Department in 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. She is currently working on a project on how accounting practices shape the self during the industrial revolution, funded by an ARC Discovery Project.
- My Research
- Grants and Funding
- Professional Activities
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, especially with respect to gender; 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); A History of Emotions: A Student Guide to Sources and Methods (Basingstoke, 2020); Caritas: Neighbourly Love and the Early Modern Self (Oxford, 2021), and numerous articles and book chapters. A fourth 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 a short monograph, Academic Emotions: Feeling the Institution (Cambridge, forthcoming), that explores the production of the self in the contemporary university. 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. This will lead to a biography of the Scottish banker Gilbert Innes of Stowe, as well as second monograph on accounts as a source for the self.
I have an ongoing community-engagement project with Dr Jenni Caruso and Murray Bridge High School that seeks to extend knowledge around the experience of the Stolen Generations in South Australia, especially amongst school students, and reflects my research interests in family and identity.
With Joanne Begiato at Oxford Brookes, I hold a current Arts and Humanities Research Council Networking Grant on 'Inheriting the Family', which explores how we use the objects that we inherit from our families to produce identities, families and the nation.
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 2020 Award Canadian Historical Association Neil Sutherland Prize Canadian Historical Association Canada — 2018 Award Royal Historical Society David Berry Prize Royal Historical Society United Kingdom — 2018 Fellowship Senior Fellow of Advance Higher Education Advance Higher Education United Kingdom — 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
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
Inheriting the Family: Emotions, History, Heritage, project funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) 2019-2922, With Joanne Begiato, Oxford Brookes, £52,688.
This project explores how, when and why people hold on to the things they inherit within their family, and when and it what contexts such items move into national heritage, such as through moving into museums or archives. It brings methodologies from the history of emotions to interrogate how our affective and familial investments in the past come to shape national histories.
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
2019 ANZAMEMS Special Project Funding, ‘Western Civilisation in the 21st Century’, $15,000
2018 University of Adelaide Faculty Research Active Award Scheme (Teaching racial equality in schools), $2,977
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 and a Senior Fellow of Advance Higher Education. I have previously led the department strategy for Learning & Teaching, and currently support work in this area as Head of Department. Recently, I have been working on a series of resources to support teaching in the history of emotions, including A History of Emotions: a Student Guide to Sources and Methods (2020); with Sharon Crozier-de Rosa and Peter Stearns, eds, Sources for the History of Emotions: a Student Guide (2020), and with Francois Soyer, a four volume collection of sources, Emotions in Europe, 1517-1914: A Sourcebook.
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)
Plagues and Pandemics (Level 2)
Emotions in Historical Perspective (Level 3)
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2021 Co-Supervisor Professor John Cleland and the 'Ultimate Absorption' of Aboriginal people during 20th Century South Australia. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Timothy James Wilkey 2021 Co-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 2021 Co-Supervisor Politics and Emotion in Jacksonian America Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Lachlan James McCarron 2020 Co-Supervisor Th evolution of memory politics in Scotland, 1979-2016 Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Courtney Paige Davis 2020 Co-Supervisor The War at Home: Australian Children and their Families during World War II Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Jade Tayla Ryles 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 Co-Supervisor Intimacy, Power, and Separation: The Impact of Military Service on Marital Relationships in World War II Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Emma Gwen Carson
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Married Women’s Litigation in the English Court of Chancery, 1698-1758 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Emily Ireland 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 2016 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Women, Piety, and Patronage in Reformation England, c.1530-1558 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Stephanie Joan Thomson 2016 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Mysticism and Emotional transformation in a Seventeenth-Century English Convent Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jessica McCandless 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
Date Role Board name Institution name Country 2021 - 2023 Member College of Experts Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen Belgium 2019 - ongoing Member Management Committee Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender Australia 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
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2020 - ongoing Member Mary Bennett Prize Australian Women's History Network Australia 2015 - ongoing Co-Founder Dislocated Childhoods Research Cluster University of Adelaide Australia 2015 - 2018 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 - 2019 Member WHN Book Prize Committee Women's History Network United Kingdom 2014 - 2014 Member HUMSS Faculty Research Committee University of Adelaide Australia 2014 - 2019 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
Date Role Membership Country 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
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
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