Research Stream

Katie Barclay

Katie Barclay is Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotions and Associate Professor in History at The University of Adelaide. After working in a number of UK institutions, she came to the CHE in 2011 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work with David Lemmings and Claire Walker at The University of Adelaide on how the eighteenth-century press formed an ‘emotional public opinion’ around high-profile trials that focused on disruption in the family. Her subsequent DECRA research looked at intimate relationships amongst lower-order Scots between 1660 and 1830, exploring the ways that collective emotion shape individual emotional practices and the implications for the nature of Scottish communities. Currently she is working on an ARC Discovery Project ‘Precarious Accounts: Money, Sex and Power in the Industrial Revolution’, which explores how account books as emotional practices. More broadly, she is interested in gender, the family, and the making of the self. She is co-editor of the journal Emotions: History, Culture, Society.


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Governing Emotions: the Affective Family, the Press and the Law in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Selected Presentations

Keynote Lecture: ‘Precarious Emotions: Quantification, Big Data and the History of Emotions’, Third International CHE conference, ‘The Future of Emotions: Conversations Without Borders’, UWA, 14–15 June 2018.

Selected Publications

Barclay, K. Caritas: Neighbourly Love and the Early Modern Self. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021.

Lemmings, D., C. Walker and K. Barclay, eds. A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Baroque and Enlightenment Age (1600–1780). Volume 4 of A Cultural History of The Emotions. London: Bloomsbury, 2019.

Barclay, K. Men on Trial: Performing Emotion, Embodiment and Identity in Ireland, 1800–45. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019 (published October 2018).