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Dr Rosalind Carr

Senior Lecturer

Raphael Samuel History Centre

A cultural historian of the eighteenth-century British world, I am the author of Gender and Enlightenment Culture in Eighteenth-Century Scotland (Edinburgh U.P., 2014). 

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     A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Higher Education Academy, I am the author of Gender and Enlightenment Culture in Eighteenth-Century Scotland (Edinburgh U.P., 2014). A graduate of Monash and Glasgow universities, I have previously held fellowships at the universities of Edinburgh and Sydney and lectureships at Glasgow and Sheffield. 

    I am a member of the editorial board of Women's History: journal of the Women's History Network, a convener for the 'Society, Culture and Belief, 1500-1800' seminar at the Institute of Historical Research, and on the steering committee of Women's History Scotland.


    My current project ‘A landscape of Feeling? Masculinity, Politeness and Violence in New South Wales, 1788-c.1815’ was intiially supported by a Menzies Bicenntenial Fellowship from the Centre for Australian Studies, King's College London, and held at the University of Sydney.

    This project explores the impact of ‘frontier’ space on the performance of genteel manhood amongst the ruling naval elite. Treating these men as mobile colonial Britons rather than early Australians, this project places New South Wales in the context of the eighteenth-century British world. It considers how men such as Captain (later Governor) John Hunter deployed neo-Classical notions of friendship to comprehend encounters with Eora and other Indigenous peoples, and to legitimise his and other Europeans’ violence. Movoing beyond Rousseau and Locke to explore the impact of Enlightenment ideas in early NSW, the project examines the importance of pan-European polite sociability and gentility in the justification of the British presence in Eora country. Rather than downplay the violence of early colonisation, this project seeks to show that politeness and violence were not necessarily incompatible.

    My previous research concerned eighteenth-century gender, particularly in the context of Scottish Enlightenment culture. This was the subject of my first book, Gender and Enlightenment Culture in Eighteenth-Century Scotland (Edinburgh U.P., 2014). The performance of masculinity was a crucial consideration here, and the new project follows similar men into the colonial world.


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    Marriage, Divorce and the Referendum: A Brief Historical Reflection, Women's History Scotland

    Book reviews in Gender & History; Reviews in History; Humanities and Social Sciences Online; Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies; War in History; Scottish Historical Review.


    Gender and Enlightenment Culture in Eighteenth-Century Scotland, Scottish Historical Review Monograph Series, (Edinburgh University Press, 2014). ISBN 9780748646425

    Journal Articles:

    ‘Female Correspondence and Early Modern Scottish Political History: A Case Study of the Anglo-Scottish Union’, Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques, 37:2 (2011), pp. 39-57. ISSN: 0315-7997

    ‘Introduction: Gender and Generations, Women and Lifecycles’, Women’s History Review, 20:2 (2011), pp. 175-188 [co-authored with K. Barclay, R. Elliot & A. Hughes] ISSN: 0961-2025

    ‘The Gentleman and the Soldier: Patriotic Masculinities in Eighteenth-Century Scotland’, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 28:2 (2008), pp. 102-121. ISSN: 1748-538x

    Chapters in Edited Collections:

    'The Importance and Impossibility of Manhood: Polite and Libertine Masculinities in the Urban Eighteenth Century', in L. Abrams and E. Ewan (eds), Nine Centuries of Man: Manhood and Masculinities in Scottish History (Edinburgh U.P., 2017)

    ‘Women, Land and Power: A Case for Continuity’, in K. Barclay & D. Simonton (eds.) Women in Eighteenth-Century Scotland (Ashgate, 2013), pp. 193-210
    ISBN: 978-1-4094-5046-7

    ‘Women, Presbyterianism, Political Agency and the 1707 Union’, in J. Campbell, E. Ewan, H. Parker (eds.) Shaping Scottish Identities: Family, Nation, and the World Beyond (University of Guelph, 2011), pp. 43-58.  ISBN: 9780889555891.

    Review Essays:

    ‘A polite and Enlightened London?’, The Historical Journal, 59:2 (2016), pp. 623–634. doi: 10.1017/S0018246X16000042.

    ‘Rewriting the Scottish Canon: the contribution of women’s and gender history to a redefinition of social classes’, Etudes écossaises 16 (2013) [co-authored with K. Barclay]




    I would be pleased to supervise PhD theses in eighteenth-century British and colonial history, especially cultural and gender history.



    The  programme leader for History at UEL, I also teach on the following modules:

    • CC4401 'Patterns of Imperial History'
    • CC5407 'From Reformation to RevolutionL: Early Modern Europe, 1500-1789'
    • CC6407 'Culture, Thought and Belief in the Pre-Modern World'
    • CC6400 'Dissertation Workshop'