Joel Barnes is a Research Associate on the Institutions of the Humanities ARC Discovery Project in the Australian Centre for Public History, examining the institutional history of the humanities in Australian universities since 1945.
He received his PhD in 2017 from the University of Melbourne, where he also taught for a number of years on historical theory and method, and on imperial history. He is also currently working on a book arising from his doctoral work on political uses of history in nineteenth-century British radical politics. He is interested broadly in histories of knowledge and scholarship, history of ideas, historiography and historical theory.
- History of the humanities
- History of knowledge and ideas
- Imperial history
- Historical theory and method
PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to outline the structures of collegial governance in Australian universities between 1945 and the “Dawkins reforms” of the late 1980s. It describes the historical contours of collegial governance in practice, the changes it underwent, and the structural limits within which it was able to operate.Design/methodology/approachThe analysis is based upon the writings of academics and university administrators from the period, with more fine-grained exemplification provided by archival and other evidence from Faculties of Arts and their equivalents in newer universities.FindingsElements of hierarchy and lateral organisation coexisted in the pre-Dawkins university in ways not generally made explicit in the existing literature. This mixture was sustained by ideals about academic freedom.Research limitations/implicationsBy historicising “collegiality” the research problematises polemical uses of the term, either for or against. It also seeks to clarify the distinctiveness of contemporary structures—especially for those with no first-hand experience of the pre-Dawkins university—by demonstrating historical difference without resort to nostalgia.Originality/value“Collegiality” is a common concept in education and organisation studies, as well as in critiques of the contemporary corporate university. However, the concept has received little sustained historical investigation. A clearer history of collegial governance is valuable both in its own right and as a conceptually clarify...
Barnes, J 2019, 'Review of Historicizing Humans: Deep Time, Evolution, and Race in Nineteenth-Century British Sciences, ed. Efram Sera-Shriar', The English Historical Review.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Barnes, J 2018, 'Review of Historicism and the human sciences in Victorian Britain, ed. Mark Bevir', European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire, vol. 25, no. 6, pp. 1087-1089.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Between the second Reform Act and the rise of Edwardian suffragette militancy, a critique of women's political exclusion based on a re‐reading of British constitutional history was developed first by constitutional lawyers and later by a small but influential network of suffragist historian‐activists. These scholars came to view women's enfranchisement not as an innovation but as the restitution of lost rights. This article examines these legal‐historical arguments and the alternative narrative of constitutional history that emerged out of them, situating these developments within the lineage of ancient constitutionalist discourse going back to the ‘common‐law mind’ of the early seventeenth century.
Barnes, J 2014, 'The Right to Read: The Book Censorship Abolition League, 1934-37', LABOUR HISTORY, no. 107, pp. 75-93.
Barnes, J 2013, 'Review of W. Macmahon Ball: Politics for the People, by Ai Kobayashi', Melbourne Historical Journal, vol. 41, pp. 130-132.