Susan Broomhall

Susan Broomhall is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Professor of History at The University of Western Australia, and 2018 Co-Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE). She was a Foundation Chief Investigator (CI) in the Shaping the Modern Program of the Centre, before commencing her Future Fellowship within CHE in October 2014. Susan's CI projects analysed medieval and early modern objects and emotions, particularly as they are presented in modern museum, heritage and tourism environments. Her research explored i) the interpretation of medieval and early modern objects in the history of emotional processes and practices; ii) the affective origins of specific medieval and early modern objects; iii) the emotional interpretation of medieval and early modern objects in museum, gallery and tourism contexts; iv) affective materiality.

Her Future Fellow research project focuses on emotions and power in the correspondence of Catherine de Medici. This study of the leading female political protagonist of the era will provide new insights into early modern strategies of emotional expression, letter-writing and political power, and a new view of Catherine's own activities.

Contact

+61 8 6488 2139
susan.broomhall@uwa.edu.au
The University of Western Australia Staff Profile

Research projects

Early Modern Encounters, Objects and Emotions 2011-2014

Rivers of Emotion: An emotional history of Derbarl Yerrigan and Djarlgarro Beelier/ the Swan and Canning Rivers (Funded by the Your Community Heritage Program: Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, in conjunction with the National Trust, WA.)

The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum (Scotland) Card Project

Selected Relevant Publications

'Emotions and Power in the Correspondence of Catherine de Medici' ARC Future Fellow Project (2014-)

Broomhall, Susan. The Power of Emotions: Catherine de Medici, in development.

Broomhall, Susan. ‘Heart Tombs: Catherine de Medici and the Material Embodiment of Grief’. In The Feeling Heart, edited by K. Barclay and B. Reddan. Kalamazoo: Medieval Imprint Press, forthcoming 2019.

Broomhall, S. ‘Performing Diplomacy: Emotions in Courtly Relations’. In The Routledge Companion to Emotions in Europe, 1100–1700, edited by A. Lynch and S. Broomhall. London: Routledge, forthcoming 2019.

Broomhall, Susan. ‘“The Ambition in My Love”: The Theatre of Courtly Conduct in All’s Well that Ends Well’. In The Palgrave Handbook of Shakespeare's Queens, edited by K. M. Finn and V. Schutte, pp. 355–72. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

Broomhall, S. ‘Catherine's Tears: Diplomatic Corporeality and Gender at the Sixteenth-Century French Court’. In Fluid Bodies in Pre-Modern Literature, Theology, and Art: Rethinking Expressions of Bodies and Their Fluids, edited by A. M. Scott and M. D. Barbezat. Arc Humanities Press, forthcoming 2020.

Broomhall, Susan. ‘Emotions of the Past in Catherine de Medici’s Correspondence’. In Affective and Emotional Economies in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, edited by  A. Marculescu and C.-L. Morand Métivier, pp. 87–104. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

Broomhall, Susan. ‘Fit for a king?: The Gendered Emotional Performances of Catherine de Medici as Dauphine of France, 1536–1547’.  In Unexpected Heirs in Early Modern Europe, edited by V. Schutte. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming.

Broomhall, Susan. ‘“Touching the earts of these two great princes”: The emotions of war in the Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis (1559)’. In In Form of War: Emotion and War in Writing, 1300–1800, edited by S. Downes, A. Lynch and K. O'Loughlin.  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming.

Broomhall, Susan. ‘Making Power: Gender, Materiality and Catherine de Medici'. In Renewing Gender in Premodern Studies, edited by Å. Karlsson Sjögren, V. Langum and E. Dermineur. London: Routledge, forthcoming.

Broomhall, Susan. ‘Feelings for Powerful Women’ CHE Blog (29 July 2016)

Broomhall, Susan. 'Counsel as Performative Practice or Power in Catherine de Medici’s Early Regencies'. In Queenship and Counsel in the Early Modern World, edited by H. Graham-Matheson and J. Paul. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming.

Broomhall, Susan. 'Devoted politics: Jesuits and elite Catholic women at the later sixteenth-century Valois court'. Journal of Jesuit Studies 2 (2015): 586–605.

Broomhall, Susan. 'Ordering Distant Affections: Fostering Love and Loyalty in the Correspondence of Catherine de Medici to the Spanish Court, 1568–72'. In Gender and Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Destroying Order, Structuring Disorder, edited by S. Broomhall, pp. 67–86 .  Farnham: Ashgate, 2015.

Broomhall, Susan. ‘“My daughter, my dear”: The Correspondence of Catherine de Medici and Elisabeth de Valois’. Women's History Review 24.4 (2015): 548–69.

'Early Modern Encounters, Objects and Emotions' Project (2011–2014)

Broomhall, S. ‘Moving Objects: Reading the Emotions of Japanese Christian Exiles in Batavia’. Humanities Australia 9 (2018): 71–79.

Broomhall, Susan. Gender, Emotions and the Dutch East India Company. Amsterdam University Press, forthcoming.

Broomhall, Susan. ‘Shipwrecks, Sorrow, Shame and the Great Southland: The Use of Emotions in Seventeenth-Century Dutch East India Company Communicative Ritual’. In Emotion, Ritual and Power in Europe, 1200–1920: Family, State and Church, edited by M. Bailey and K. Barclay, pp. 83–102. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Broomhall, Susan. ‘“Let me weep for such a feeling of Loss”: The Emotional Significance of Shakespeare’s Heritage’. In Historicising Heritage and Emotions: The Affective Histories of Blood, Stone and Land, edited by A. Marchant. London: Routledge, forthcoming 2019.

Broomhall, Susan. ‘“Such fragile jewels”: The Emotional Role of Chinese Porcelain in Early Modern Jesuit Missions’. In Changing Hearts: Performing Jesuit Emotions between Europe, Asia and the Americas, edited by Y. Haskell and R. Garrod.  Leiden: Brill, forthcoming.

Broomhall, S. ‘Fire, Smoke and Ashes: Communications of Power and Emotions by Dutch East India Company Crews on the Australian Continent’. In Fire Stories, edited by G. Moore. New York: Punctum Books, forthcoming.

Broomhall, S. ‘Dirk Hartog’s Sea Chest: An Affective Archaeology of VOC Objects in Australia’.  In Feeling Things: Objects and Emotions Through History, edited by Stephanie Downes, Sally Holloway and Sarah Randles, pp. 175–91. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Broomhall, Susan. ‘Tears on Silk: Cross-Cultural Emotional Performances Among Japanese-Born Christians in Seventeenth-Century Batavia’.  Special Opening Issue: ‘Emotions and Marginalized Communities’. Pakistan Journal of Historical Studies 1.1 (2016): 18–42.

Broomhall, Susan. 'Possession in pewter: The power of Dirk Hartog’s dinner plate'. Trust News Australia (National Trust) 10.2 May (2016): 6–7.
http://www.academia.edu/26322418/Possession_in_Pewter_The_power_of_Dirk_Hartogs_dinner_plate

Broomhall, Susan. ‘Face-making: Emotional and Gendered Meanings in Chinese Clay Portraits of Danish Asiatic Company Men’. Scandinavian Journal of History 41.3 (2016): 447-74.

Broomhall, Susan. 'Down the Bilby Burrow: Emotional Legacies of Australian History'. CHE Blog (26 March 2016)
http://historiesofemotion.com/2016/03/25/down-the-bilby-burrow-emotional-legacies-of-australian-history/

Broomhall, Susan. 'Great Expectations: The emotional story behind Dirk Hartog and the VOC'. Trust News Australia (National Trust) 10.1 February (2016): 6–7. http://www.academia.edu/24961546/Great_Expectations_The_emotional_story_behind_Dirk_Hartog_and_the_VOC

Broomhall, Susan. ‘Dishes, Coins and Pipes: The Epistemological and Emotional Power of VOC Material Culture in Australia’. In The Global Lives of Things: The Material Culture of Connections in the Early Modern World, edited by A. Gerritsen and G. Riello, pp. 145–61. London: Routledge, 2016.

Broomhall, Susan. 'Cabbages and kings: Curating objects and emotions of English encounter with the world through Shakespeare'. In Shakespeare and Emotions: Inheritances, Enactments, Legacies, edited by M. Houlahan, K. O'Loughlin and R. S. White, pp. 186–97. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Broomhall, Susan. ‘“Quite indifferent to these things”: The Role of Emotions and Conversion in the Dutch East India Company’s Interactions with the South Lands’. ‘Emotions and Conversion’. Special issue, Journal of Religious History 39.4 (2015): 524–44.

Broomhall, Susan. 'Emotional Encounters: Indigenous peoples in the Dutch East India Company's interactions with the South Lands'. Australian Historical Studies, 45:3 (2014): 350-67.

Broomhall, Susan and Rebecca Millar (eds). Far From Home: Adventures, Treks, Exiles, Migration. The Zest Festival, September 2013. Perth: ARC Centre of Excellence for History of Emotions, 2013, 229pp.

Broomhall, Susan. 'Far from Home: Adventures, Treks, Exiles, Migration'. Merise: South African Magazine, September 2013.
http://www.academia.edu/9126271/Far_From_Home_Adventures_Treks_Exiles_Migration._The_Zest_Festival_September_2013._Part_1
http://www.academia.edu/25006987/Far_From_Home_Adventures_Treks_Exiles_Migration._The_Zest_Festival_September_2013._Part_2
http://www.academia.edu/25007253/Far_From_Home_Adventures_Treks_Exiles_Migration._The_Zest_Festival_September_2013._Part_3

Broomhall, Susan. 'The political power of porcelain: How Chinese products made the Dutch the most powerful nation in seventeenth-century Europe'. Chung Wah Magazine, May 2013.

Broomhall, Susan, and Gina Pickering (eds). Rivers of Emotion: An emotional history of Derbarl Yerrigan and Djarlgarro Beeliar/ the Swan and Canning Rivers. Perth: ARC Centre of Excellence for History of Emotions, 2012, 41pp.
Website: www.riversofemotion.org.au

Broomhall, Susan, and Rebecca Millar (eds). Still Life / Our Life : Emotions across Time, Art and Place. The Zest Festival, June 2012. Perth: ARC Centre of Excellence for History of Emotions, 2012, 110pp.
http://www.academia.edu/9126148/Still_Life_Our_Life_Emotions_across_Time_Art_and_Place._The_Zest_Festival_June_2012

Broomhall, Susan and Rebecca Millar. 'The Zest Festival, Kalbarri, Western Australian, June 2012'. Musings: Museums Australia, Spring (2012):6-8.

Other Related Publications

Broomhall, S. ‘Corresponding Romances: Henri II and the Last Campaigns of the Italian Wars’. In Writing War in Britain and France, 1370–1854: A History of Emotions, edited by S. Downes, A. Lynch and K. O'Loughlin, pp. 107–25. London and New York: Routledge, 2019.

Broomhall, S. and A. Lynch, eds. The Routledge Companion to Emotions in Europe, 1100–1700. London: Routledge, forthcoming 2019.

Broomhall, Susan, Jane W. Davidson and Andrew Lynch (general editors). A Cultural History of the Emotions, 6-volume series. London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming, 2019.

Broomhall, Susan and Andrew Lynch, eds. A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Late-Medieval, Reformation and Renaissance Age (1300–1600), Volume 3. London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2019.

Broomhall, S. ‘Medicine and Science’. In A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Late-Medieval, Reformation and Renaissance Age (1300–1600), Volume 3, edited by S. Broomhall and A. Lynch. London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2019.

Broomhall, S. ‘Ruling Emotions: Affective and Emotional Strategies of Power and Authority Among Early Modern European Monarchies’. In History of Monarchy, edited by E. Woodacre et al. London:  Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2019.

Broomhall, S. ‘Cross-Channel Conflict: The Challenges of Growing Up in Minority Huguenot Communities Across the Channel’. In Childhood, Youth and Religious Minorities in Early Modern Europe, edited by L. Underwood and T. Berner. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

Broomhall, S. ‘Conceptualising an Emotional History of the VOC from the Mid-Western Australian Coast’. Heritage, History and Emotions: Affective Legacies of Early Modern Global Encounters, edited by J. Van Gent and E. Reid. London: Routledge, forthcoming 2019.  

Broomhall, Susan and Jacqueline 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.

Broomhall, Susan. 'Channelled Affections: Pressure and Persuasion in Letters to Huguenot Refugees in England, 1569–1570'. In Feeling Exclusion: Religious Conflict, Exile and Emotions in Early Modern Europe, edited by G. Tarantino and C. Zika. London: Routledge, forthcoming.

Broomhall, Susan, ed. Emotions in Early Modern Europe: An Introduction. London: Routledge, 2017.

Broomhall, Susan. 'Beholding suffering and providing care: The affective experience of death among children of the sixteenth-century French poor'. In Death, Emotion and Childhood in Premodern Europe, edited by K. Barclay, C. Rawnsley and K. Reynolds. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Broomhall, Susan. 'Love thy Neighbour? The gendered, emotional and spatial production of charity and poverty in sixteenth-century France'. In The Routledge History Handbook of Gender and the Urban Experience, edited by K. Barclay and D. Simonton.  London: Routledge, forthcoming 2017.

Broomhall, Susan. 'Feeling Divine Nature: Natural History, Emotions and Bernard Palissy's Knowledge Practice'. In Natural History in Early Modern France: The Poetics of an Epistemic Genre, edited by Raphaële Garrod and Paul J. Smith, pp. 46–69. Leiden: Brill ‘Intersections’, 2018.

Broomhall, Susan, ed.  Early Modern Emotions: An Introduction, Routledge, 2017.

Broomhall, Susan. ‘Divine, Deadly or Disastrous? Diarists’ Emotional Responses to Printed News in Sixteenth-Century France’.  In Disaster, Death and the Emotions in the Shadow of the Apocalypse, 1400–1700, edited by J. Spinks and C. Zika, pp. 321–39. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Broomhall, Susan. 'Emotions Left Behind: Other Narratives of Early Modern Migration'. CHE Blog (24 June 2016).
https://historiesofemotion.com/2016/06/24/emotions-left-behind-other-narratives-of-early-modern-migration/

Broomhall, Susan, ed. Ordering Emotions in Europe, 1100–1800.  Leiden: Brill, 2015.

Broomhall, Susan. 'Hearts on Fire: Compassion and Love in Nicolas Houel’s Traité de la Charité chrétienne'. In Ordering Emotions in Europe, 1100–1800, edited by S. Broomhall.  Leiden: Brill, 2015.

Broomhall, Susan, ed. Gender and Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Destroying Order, Structuring Disorder.  Farnham: Ashgate, 2015.

Broomhall, Susan and Sarah Finn, eds. Violence and Emotions in Early Modern Europe. Routledge, 2015.

Broomhall, Susan. 'Miracles and Misery: Nuns’ Narratives of Psychic and Spiritual Violence in Sixteenth-Century France'. In Violence and Emotions in Early Modern Europe, edited by S. Broomhall and S. Finn.  Routledge, 2015.

Broomhall, Susan, ed. Authority, Gender and Emotions in Late Medieval and Early Modern England. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Broomhall, Susan. 'Authority in the French Church in later sixteenth-century London'. In Authority, Gender and Emotions in Late Medieval and Early Modern England, edited by S. Broomhall.  Basingstock: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Broomhall, Susan, ed. Spaces for Feeling: Emotions and Sociabilities in Britain, 1650-1850. Routledge, 2015.

Broomhall, Susan. 'Disorder in the natural world: the perspective of a sixteenth-century provincial convent'. In Religion, the Supernatural and Visual Culture in Early Modern Europe: An Album Amicorum for Charles Zika, edited by J. Spinks and D. Eichberger. Leiden: Brill, 2015.

Broomhall, Susan. 'Feeling in the Wynds: Media Representation of Affective Practices in Urban Scotland in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century'. In Spaces for Feeling: Emotions and Sociabilities in Britain, 1650–1850, edited by S. Broomhall. Routledge, 2015.

Broomhall, Susan.  'Renovating Affections: Reconstructing the Atholl Family in the Mid-Eighteenth Century'. In Spaces for Feeling: Emotions and Sociabilities in Britain, 1650–1850, edited by S. Broomhall. Routledge, 2015.

Broomhall, Susan.  'Disturbing memories: Narrating experiences and emotions of distressing events in the French wars of religion'. Memory before Modernity: Memory cultures in Early Modern Europe, edited by J. Pollmann, E. Kuijpers, J. Müller and J. van der Steen. Leiden: Brill, 2013.

Broomhall, Susan. 'Reasons and identities to remember: Composing personal accounts of religious violence in sixteenth-century France'. French History 27 (2013).

Broomhall, Susan. 'Refugees in a Barbarous Country'. History of Emotions Blog (23 July 2013).