Research Stream

Katie Barclay

Katie Barclay is a Senior Research Fellow at The University of Adelaide. After working in a number of UK institutions, she came to the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions 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 looks 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. 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. In 2017 to 2018, she was EURIAS Fellow at Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Denmark.


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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

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).