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Jade Riddle: 2018 Bill Cowan Barr Smith Library Fellow

The Barr Smith Library and the Cowan Grant are pleased to announce that Jade Riddle is the successful applicant for the 2018 Bill Cowan Barr Smith Library Fellowship.

The purpose of the award is to assist research postgraduates financially with uninterrupted time to work with the Library’s collections.

Jade is a postgraduate researcher and has completed her PhD thesis (currently under examination). She is working from the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Adelaide. She also works in partnership with the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions 1100-1800, an internationally renowned humanities research centre. Jade is a member of the ‘History, Theory and Culture’ research cluster with the School of Architecture and Built Environment; and also the ‘Space, Cities and Emotion’ international research cluster with the Centre for the History of Emotions.

Jade will be undertaking research entitled Letters Home from Adelaide: ‘misrepresentations tending to discourage immigration’ (1836-1850). The research aims to explore the critical, and at times emotional, representations of the city of Adelaide during its earliest years (1836-1850) and their impact on immigration rates to the colony. This project builds on and extends Jade’s previous work that focused on the cultural and urban history of early modern London and the role emotion played in the changing visual and literary representations of the city and its suburbs. The work proposed for the Bill Cowan Fellowship shifts into a global and comparative context to understand how notions of emotional attachment to place and space were transplanted to the British colonies, such as Adelaide.

The methodology of comparing personal letters of the inhabitants and the official representation of the city offers an innovative approach to understanding both the emotional response to Adelaide, the role it had on immigration rates and the early history of settlement in South Australia.

Jade will be accessing the Library’s South Australian Colonial History Collection which is housed in Rare Books and Special Collections, as well as various sources from the main collection.

The research will be published as a peer reviewed journal article in Australian Historical Studies (or equivalent) and given as a public lecture for the Barr Smith Library once complete.

Jade Riddell


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