Research Stream

Jacqueline Van Gent

Jacqueline Van Gent is a Chief Investigator in the Shaping the Modern Program at The University of Western Australia. Jacqueline’s projects explore the role emotions play in shaping early modern and late colonial encounters with indigenous people and cultures. Her work explores (i) emotions, conversions and missions, (ii) affective strategies of early modern Europeans in the acquisition, exchange and display of colonial objects, and (iii) the role of emotions in early ethnographic texts and collections.



Colonial encounters and cross-cultural emotions in the early modern world and in late colonial Australia

Recent papers and publications

Edited collections

Toivo, M. R. and J. Van Gent, eds. ‘Gender, Material Culture and Emotions in Scandinavian History’. Special Issue, Scandinavian Journal of History 41.3 (2016).

Van Gent, J. and S. E. Young, eds. ‘Emotions and Conversion’. Special issue, Journal of Religious History 39.4 (2015). 

Chapters and articles

Van Gent, J. ‘Linnaeus’ Tea Cup: Masculinities, Affective Networks and Chinese Porcelain in 18th-Century Sweden’. Scandinavian Journal of History 41.3 (2016): 388-409.

Van Gent, J. ‘The Burden of Love: Moravian Conversions and Emotions in Eighteenth-Century Labrador’. ‘Emotions and Conversion’. Special issue, Journal of Religious History 39.4 (2015): 557–74.

Van Gent, J. ‘Emotions, Missions, and Colonial Histories: An Epilogue’. In Emotions and Christian Missions: Historical Perspectives, edited by K. Vallgårda, C. McLisky and D. Midena, pp. 240–50. Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Van Gent, J. 'Gendered Power and Emotions: the Religious Revival Movement in Herrnhut in 1727'.  In Gender and Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Destroying Order, Structuring Disorder, edited by S. Broomhall. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015.

Van Gent, J.  'Sarah and Her Sisters: identity, letters and emotions in the early modern Atlantic world'. Journal of Religious History 38.1 March (2014): 71-90.

Broomhall, S. and J. Van Gent. 'Converted relationships: Renegotiating family status after religious conversion in the Nassau dynasty'. Journal of Social History 47.3 Spring (2014).


Van Gent, J. ‘Global Religious Encounters, Historical Agents and the History of Emotions’, Third International Conference of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions ‘The Future of Emotions/Conversations Without Borders’, The University of Western Australia, 14–15 June 2018.

Van Gent, J. ‘Love Feasts and Moravian Communal Devotion’, ‘Devotion, Objects and Emotion, 1300‒1700’ symposium, UMelb, 16‒17 March 2018.

Van Gent, J. 'Emotions and colonial encounters in early modern Sweden and The Netherlands', paper accepted, international workshop: Entangled colonialisms, Amsterdam, 13-14 November 2014.

Van Gent, J. Linnaeus tea cup: Gender, colonial consumption and Chinese porcelain'. Paper presented at Swedish Historians’ Conference, Stockholm 8-10 May 2014
Van Gent, J. 'Encountering emotions: cross-cultural contacts, historical sources and Moravian missions'. Paper presented at CHE international conference 'Sourcing Emotions',  27-29 June 2013, UWA.

Van Gent, J. 'Witchcraft and Emotions'.  Invited keynote, Gustav Vasa Seminar, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, 11-12 June 2013.

Van Gent, J. 'Linnaeus’ Chinese porcelain tea cup and other ‘things’: Gender, emotions and colonial encounters in eighteenth century Sweden'. Paper presented at workshop 'Gender, emotions and objects in Scandinavian history', Umea University, 29 May 2013.

Van Gent, J. 'Wampum: objects, exchange and emotions in colonial in America'. 'Feeling Things' Symposium, The University of Melbourne, 13 March 2013.

Forthcoming Publications

Chapters and articles

J. Van Gent, 'Moravian Memoirs and the Emotional Salience of Conversion  Rituals'.  In Emotion, Ritual and Power in Pre-Modern Europe: Life-Cycles, edited by M. Bailey and K. Barclay (under review with Palgrave).

Broomhall, S. and J. Van Gent, 'Material culture as power: Gendered strategies of power in an early modern dynasty'.  In Gender and Political Culture in Early Modern Europe 1400-1800, edited by J. Daybell and S. Norrhem. Farnham: Ashgate, 2017.

Broomhall, S. and J. Van Gent, ‘Courting Nassau Affections: Performing Love in Orange-Nassau Marriage Negotiations’. In Performing Emotions in Early Europe, edited by P. Maddern†, J. McEwan and A. M. Scott, pp. 133–68. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2018.