Dr Colin Barr

Dr Colin Barr
Dr Colin Barr

Dr Colin Barr

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About

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King's College 

Aberdeen, AB24 3FX

Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History

Biography

Colin Barr was born in Canada, raised near Seattle, and received his masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Cambridge, where he was a member of Gonville and Caius College.  He has subsequently held academic appointments in Ireland and the United States, and since 2013 has been based at the University of Aberdeen, where he is presently senior lecturer in modern Irish history.  Barr has published a number of books and articles on the history of Ireland and the Irish, and has been a visiting fellow at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and the University of Newcastle, Australia.  He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His fifth book, Ireland's Empire: The Roman Catholic Church in the English-speaking world, 1829-1914, will soon be published by Cambridge University Press.  Barr regularly appears on the CTV News Channel (Canada) as a commentator on British, Irish, and European politics, has been a guest on BBC Radio 4 'Today', BBC Radio Scotland 'Drive Time', BBC Radio West Midlands, and CKR Radio in Ireland.  He has also consulted on the Abbey Theatre production 'The Big Chapel X' (2019) and the RTE (Ireland) documentary 'Rome v. the Republic'. 

Barr was a Co-Investigator for the project ‘Irish-Catholic Discourse and Social Mobility in Nineteenth-Century Halifax: the exemplary case of Holy Cross Cemetery’ during 2012-2014, funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and is also a co-investigator for the ongoing project ‘The Correspondence of Paul Cullen’, funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Research

Research Overview

My research interests include the history of Ireland since 1800, including the Irish in the settler empire and the United States, the history of the Roman Catholic Church in the English-speaking world (including the life of John Henry Newman), and the electoral politics of the United Kingdom in the mid-Victorian period.  In all of my work I seek to place the island of Ireland in the widest possible context, including that of the British Isles, British Empire, Europe (including the European Union), and the global Irish Diaspora.

Current Research

I presently have two book projects: Ireland's Empire: The Roman Catholic Church in the English-speaking world, 1830-1914, which will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2019, and Paul Cullen, 1803-1878: Church, State, and Ireland's Devotional Revolution which will be published by University College Dublin Press.

 

My new book is available for pre-order:

https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/irelands-empire/FD04BB48D7FB5599DE42E14072B4804B

 

 

Collaborations

'The Catholic Memory Project': an international collaboartion that seeks to facilitate the identification, preservation, and dissemination of the archival records of the Roman Catholic Church in the English-speaking world.  The Project is housed in the Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen, and partners include the University of Notre Dame, the University of Toronto, University College Dublin, the University of Durham, the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Victoria University (Australia), the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), the Archdiocese of Dublin, the Archdiocese of Melbourne, and the Scottish Catholic Historical Trust.

The Catholic Memory Project and the Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies (https://www.abdn.ac.uk/riiss/) have recently partnered with the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame (https://cushwa.nd.edu/) to co-fund a research project to investigate and map the spatial distribution and archival remains of Irish women religious in the English-speaking world.  

 

Publications

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  • John Henry Newman

    Barr, C.
    Dictionary of Irish Biography. McGuire, J., Quinn, J. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, pp. 6-10, 5 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • John MacHale

    Barr, C.
    Dictionary of Irish Biography. McGuire, J., Quinn, J. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, pp. 898-900, 3 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Paul Cullen

    Barr, C.
    Dictionary of Irish Biography. McGuire, J., Quinn, J. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, pp. 1071-1076, 6 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • 'Imperium in Imperio': Irish episcopal imperialism in the nineteenth century

    Barr, C. C. P.
    English Historical Review, vol. 123, no. 502, pp. 611-650
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Lord Acton's Irish elections

    Barr, C. C. P.
    The Historical Journal, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 87-114
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Giuseppe Mazzini and Irish Nationalism, 1845-70

    Barr, C. C. P.
    Proceedings of the British Academy, vol. 152, pp. 125-144
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Newman, 'Catholic Fact', and higher education

    Barr, C. C. P.
    Newman and truth. Ker, I., Merrigan, T. (eds.). Editions Peeters
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • The Irish College, Rome, and the appointment of Irish bishops to the United States, 1830-1851

    Barr, C. C. P.
    The Irish College, Rome, and its worlds. Keogh, D., McDonnell, A. (eds.). Four Courts Press, pp. 102-115, 13 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • An Irish dimension to a British Kulturkampf?

    Barr, C. C. P.
    Journal of Ecclesiastical History, vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 473-495
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Paul Cullen, John Henry Newman, and the Catholic University of Ireland, 1845-65

    Barr, C. C. P.
    University of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame, IN. 304 pages
    Books and Reports: Books

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