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Dr

Ashley Barnwell

Arc Early Career Researcher
social sciences
sociology
family history
arts & humanities
genealogy
cultural studies
family secrets
emotions
history
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Dr

Ashley Barnwell

 
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Dr

Ashley Barnwell

 

Dr Ashley Barnwell is Senior Research Fellow in Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Her research is based in cultural sociology and social theory, and focuses on the politics of truth-telling and sharing stories in public and private life.



Ashley is interested in sociological aspects of emotions, memory, and narrative, and the role of life writing, personal archives, and literature in sociological research. From 2019–2022, she will be an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow working on the project ‘Family Secrets, National Silences: Intergenerational Memory in Settler Colonial Australia’. This project aims to investigate the inherited family secrets, stories, and memories that inform Australian'sunderstandings of colonial history.

Ashley is co-author of Reckoning with the Past: Family Historiographies in Postcolonial Australian Literature (with Joseph Cummins, Routledge 2018) and co-editor of Research Methodologies for Auto/Biography Studies (with Kate Douglas, Routledge 2019). She was the 2014 Seymour Scholar for Biography and a 2019 Research Fellow at the National Library of Australia. She has also been a Visiting Scholar at The Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives, University of Manchester, at the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, and at the National Centre for Biography at the ANU. With Dr Signe Ravn, Ashley co-directs the Narrative Network, an interdisciplinary forum for scholars working with narrative methods. With A/Prof Kris Natalier, she is co-convener of The Australian Sociological Association's Families & Relationships Thematic Group.

She also serves on the steering committee of the AHRC-funded research network, Inheriting the Family, which investigates the role of family inheritances in producing national and cultural heritage in Britain and Australia.

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 26 most recent scholarly works by Ashley Barnwell.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2014

The Seymour Scholarship for Biography

National Library of Australia

2013

Dean's Leadership Award

UNSW

2011

Research Excellence Award 2011 - 2014

UNSW

2010

University Medal for Sociology

UNSW

2010

The Sol Encel Prize for Sociology

UNSW

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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Arc Early Career Researcher

Social And Political Sciences

Member

Advisory Committee, Centre for Applied History, Macquarie University

Member

Family and Emotions Research Group, ARC Centre for Excellence on the History of Emotions.

Affiliate Researcher

Affiliate Researcher, SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory, University of Turku

Member

International Auto/Biography Association Asia Pacific Chapter

Member

The Australian Sociological Association

Education


Bachelor of Arts (Sociology)

University of New South Wales

Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology)

University of New South Wales