15 September 2020

From the Deputy Director

I hope you are staying safe and well in this strange year. Like everywhere, the operations of the CHE have been shaped by current events and conditions. Many of our activities have been postponed or cancelled as we adapted to lockdowns, social distancing and restrictions on movement, whilst also adjusting to online teaching, working from home, social-distancing, and for some of us, re-openings. If many have noted that it is a year for the history books, it is also a year that has taught a lot about the significance of emotion to shaping social, cultural and political life. As a leader in the Centre, I’ve been reflecting on what our role is in times of crisis and whether it is a moment to step back and slow down, or to persist in new forms. We are open to thoughts and suggestions on this topic, as we continue in our new environment for the time-being.

If we have had less opportunity to meet in person, the CHE nonetheless has been exploring opportunities to share our research and collaborate. The theme of isolation and its associated emotions has been particularly productive as we use our work to think through our experiences. The ACU node have responded with online workshop, led by Dawn LaValle Norman on
The Emotions of Isolation. Colleagues from Flinders are also working on an ‘Exiles Medieval Responses to Isolation’ project and have provided a series of blogs on this theme. The latest issue of Emotions: History, Culture, Society will be out any day, and includes Thomas Dixon on Anger, with responses by Barbara Rosenwein and Jerry Parrott, and a forum on Compassion: a timely feeling, edited by Diana Barnes, which has a particular emphasis on human relationships with environment.

Looking forward we have a number of events on the horizon, including ‘
Blood’ at The University of Adelaide, the now online David Nichol Smith Seminar, and ANZAMEMS, now pushed into 2022. Our new partnership with the Korean Research Centre at UWA is also opening up opportunities in global histories of emotion, and we hope to welcome our international visiting research fellows to the Centre next year, if travel permits.

As the southern hemisphere warms up and summer beckons and the northern hemisphere cools down and classes resume, we wish you the best with the new season, whatever it entails. Stay safe and well!

Katie Barclay, Deputy-Director

2020 SHE Subscription is now open

The Society for the History of Emotions (SHE) invites you to join or renew your membership for 2020. SHE 2020 membership includes subscription to the two issues for Volume 4 (2020) of its journal Emotions: History, Culture, Society (EHCS), published by Brill on behalf of the Society, plus online access to previous volumes.

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New Partnership with the Korean Research Centre at UWA

CHE is partnering an exciting new research development. Chief Investigators Associate Professor Jo Elfving-Hwang (Director), Dr Nicola Fraschini, Dr Sam Han and Professor Susan Broomhall have been awarded nearly $1.2 million to support the establishment of the Korean Research Centre at UWA. This five-year grant will support new developments in Korean teaching and research across the social sciences and humanities. While the Centre will have a broad remit, there will be three key research focus areas, Emotions, the Body, and Identity. Broomhall explains, "Korean emotions remain an understudied area. There is thus obvious room for expansion in and collaboration in the fields of emotions research and Korean studies. The Korean Research Centre will provide a critical platform and sustained research capacity to generate new research in this area."
CHE Director Kirk Essary said, "CHE is keen to continue expanding its research foci beyond European geographies and, in particular, to incorporate history of emotions in Asia, which is an emerging topic of great international interest. Linking with new Korean Research Centre offers a chance for both these important research centres, CHE and the KRC, to be at the vanguard of these scholarly developments worldwide."
CHE and KRC are committed to developing a series of events together and expanding links across our international networks. Essary observes that "there will be substantial mutual benefit to working together to examine the ways in which emotions play a role in, and have a history in, Korean culture."
For any enquiries regarding this new Korean Research Centre at UWA, please email Professor Susan Broomhall:

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Call for Proposals for Special Issue (2022) of Emotions: History, Culture, Society (EHCS)

Emotions: History, Culture, Society (EHCS) calls for proposals for thematic issues for its 2022 volume.

Issues can be on any topic that falls within the journal’s remit to enhance our understanding of emotions as temporally and geographically situated phenomena. Issues should be theoretically informed and bring a range of methodological perspectives to the topic. ‘Methodology’ here is construed broadly to incorporate different disciplinary, theoretical and methodological approaches. 

Issues are a maximum of 64,000 words. They will typically consist of around eight articles, including a scholarly introduction. Essays should be original and not published elsewhere.

View the full Call for Proposals online

Deadline for Submission of Proposals:
Send proposals to editemotions@gmail.com by 15 October 2020. 
All correspondence and queries should be addressed to Editors Katie Barclay, Andrew Lynch and Giovanni Tarantino at
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Awards and Appointments

Katie Barclay has been awarded the Canadian Historical Association Neil Sutherland Article Prize for the article “Love, Care and Illegitimate Child in Eighteenth-Century Scotland, Transactions of the RHS 29 (2019): 105–25.

Susan Broomhall has been appointed to the new Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at ACU. Prof. Broomhall will lead the Institutes’ new Gender and Women’s History Research Centre.

Megan Cassidy-Welch has become the first woman to hold the McCaughey Chair in History at The University of Queensland.

Frederic Kiernan, has been awarded a Chancellor's Prize for Excellence in a PhD Thesis (Humanities, Creative Arts and Social Sciences) from The University of Melbourne for his thesis “The Figure of Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679–1745) in the History of Emotions”.

Andrea Gaynor has been awarded an ARC Future Fellowship for her project: 'Wild cities: an environmental history of urban nature in Australia’.

Maria Tumarkin has won the 2020 Windham Campbell Prize (nonfiction) (US$165,000). Dr Tumarkin was an Honorary Artistic Outreach Associate (2015–2016) at the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions.
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Photo of Ian DonaldsonIt was with great sadness that we learned of the death in March 2020 of our esteemed colleague and member of the CHE Advisory Board (2011–2018) Professor Ian Donaldson. Ian made an extraordinary contribution as a researcher, a teacher, and an academic leader of the first order.

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Recent Media Coverage

The work of the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions was acknowledged in an article in TIME (19 March 2020), 'The Way People Experience Emotion Evolves Over Time. Recognizing That Fact Has Changed Our Understanding of the Past', written by David Van Biema:

'Most ambitious is the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions in Australia, which in 2010 received $24.5 million dollars from the Australian government, reportedly the largest humanities grant ever awarded there. It has produced studies, art and theater delving into the emotions both of the continent’s indigenous people and its 18th century European settlers.'

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Recent Posts on the CHE Blog

Read Joanne Low's (Macquarie University) post about 'Love, Care and the Illegitimate Child in Eighteenth-Century Scotland'.

Read Joanne Low's (Macquarie University) post about '
Feeling for Forgers'.

Read Katie Barclay's (The University of Adelaide) post about '
The Statues of a Scottish Childhood: Emotions and History.'

Read Matthew Firth and James Kanes’s (both Flinders University) post about ‘Isolation, Loneliness and Risk Taking in Medieval Icelandic Outlaw Sagas’.

Read Cassandra Schilling and Erin Sebo's (both Flinders University) post about '
Marriage as Exile in Old English Literature'.

Read James Kane and Erin Sebo's (both Flinders University) post about
'The virtues and vexations of voluntary isolation in early medieval England'.

Read Frederic Kiernan’s (The University of Melbourne) post about ‘
Poor Zelenka!’.
Read Jonathan Zecher’s (ACU) post about ‘Acedia’.

If you would like to write a post for the CHE blog, please contact the Centre via email at emotions@uwa.edu.au.

Image: Jean-Baptiste Greuze (and François Hubert), The Return From The Wet Nurse (1767), Minneapolis Institute of Art
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New Emotions of Isolation Project

The new ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions workshop on the 'Emotions of Isolation’ is now online. It features short videos of a number of emotions scholars reflecting on how their areas of research provide new ways of thinking about isolation. 

The 'Emotions of Isolation Project' is led by Dr Dawn LaValle Norman, from the Australian Catholic University (ACU) node of CHE.

Image: Caspar David Friedrich, Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (c. 1817). Wikimedia Commons
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Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Barclay, K. The History of Emotions: A Student Guide to Methods and Sources. Macmillan Education UK/Red Globe Press, 2020.

Barclay, K., S. Crozier-De Rosa and P. N. Stearns, eds. Sources for the History of Emotions: A Guide. Routledge Guides to Using Historical Sources. Routledge, 2020.

Gerzic, M., and A. Norrie, eds. 
Playfulness in Shakespearean Adaptations. London; New York: Routledge, 2020.

Gerzic, M., and A. Norrie, eds.
From Medievalism to Early-Modernism: Adapting the English Past. Paperback edn. London; New York: Routledge, September 2020. Pre-order your copy now!

Hacke, D., C. Jarzebowski and H. Ziegler, eds.
Matters of Engagement. Emotions, Identity and Cultural Contact in the Premodern World. Routledge, November 2020. Pre-order your copy now!

Konishi, S., ed. ‘Feeling the Past: Indigenous Emotion and History’, special issue, Journal of Australian Studies 44.2 (2020).

Mellas, A. Liturgy and the Emotions in Byzantium: Compunction and Hymnody. Cambridge University Press, 2020.

O'Loughlin, K., ed. Women's Travel Writings in India 1777–1854: Volume II: Harriet Newell, Memoirs of Mrs Harriet Newell, Wife of the Reverend Samuel Newell, American Missionary to India (1815); and Eliza Fay, Letters from India (1817). London: Routledge, 2020.

Prendergast, T. A., and S. Trigg. 
30 Great Myths about Chaucer. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2020.

Prendergast, T. A., and S. Trigg. Affective Medievalism: Love, Abjection and Discontent. Paperback edn. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020.

Read, R., and K. Haltman, eds.
Colonization, Wilderness, and Spaces Between: Nineteenth-Century Landscape Painting in Australia and the United States. Terra Foundation for American Art and the School of Design, UWA. Distributed by Chicago Press, 2020.

Rosenthal, L. J. Ways of the World: Theater and Cosmopolitanism in the Restoration and Beyond. Cornell University Press, November 2020. Pre-order your copy now!

Tarantino, G., G. Riello and J. M. Pérez Fernández.
Encounters at Sea: Paper, Objects and Sentiments in Motion Across the Mediterranean. Firenze: Bandecchi & Vivaldi, 2020.

White, R. S.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Language and Writing. London, Bloomsbury, October 2020. Pre-order your copy now!
White, R. S.
Keats's Anatomy of Melancholy: Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St Agnes and Other Poems (1820). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, October 2020. Pre-order your copy now! Receive 30% off your order with the code: NEW30
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Selected Forthcoming Events

Public Lecture: 'The Distant Origins of Modern Art: Reason, Madness and Reversal in Goya’s Paintings and Works on Paper'
Speaker: Emeritus Professor Richard Read (The University of Western Australia)
Date: Wednesday 16 September 2020
6:30–7:30pm (AWST)
Venue: Online via Zoom
Enquiries: Please email 
james.youd@research.uwa.edu.au for the Zoom link and password.

Workshop: 'Blood'
Date: 2 November 2020
Venue: Inkarni Wardli Level 7, The University of Adelaide

Public forum and continuing professional development event for teachers: 'The Emotional Lives of Cities:  Pandemic, Protest, and Urban Life'
Date: Saturday 7 November 2020. NB: This is the rescheduled date for the event.
Venue: Brisbane Town Hall

Enquiries: uqche@uq.edu.au

Symposium: 'Imperial Emotions and the De-Colonial Move'
Date: 10–11 February 2021. NB: This is the rescheduled date for the event.
Venue: The University of Adelaide
Enquiries: katie.barclay@adelaide.edu.au

Symposium: 'Flourishing and Wellbeing: Measurement, Meaning and Mindfulness in Health, Education and Work'
Date: 7–9 September 2021. NB: This is the rescheduled date for the event.
Venue: Australian Catholic University (Melbourne Campus) and the Catholic Theological College
Enquiries: Jonathan.Zecher@acu.edu.au

Conference: 'Adaptation in the Humanities: Reimagining the Past, Present and Future'
Date: 30 September – 2 October 2021. NB: This is the rescheduled date for the event.
Venue: The University of Western Australia
Call for Papers Deadline: Monday 12 April 2021.
Bursaries and Prizes: Travel Bursaries for post-graduate/ECR individuals will be announced in early 2021 based on interstate/international travel advice/restrictions in place for Western Australia.
Conference: 'Reception and Emotion': Thirteenth Biennial ANZAMEMS Conference 
Date: 7–11 February 2022. NB: This is the rescheduled date for the event.
Venue: The University of Western Australia
Call for Papers Deadline: 31 July 2021
Bursaries and Prizes: Details can be found on the conference website. Closing date for applications is 31 July 2021.
Enquiries: anzamems2021@gmail.com

Please note: Due to current circumstances a number of CHE events have unfortunately been postponed or cancelled. A full list of forthcoming events and further details about individual events can be found on the Events page of the CHE website. More events will be added as they are confirmed.

Image: Rudolf von Ems, Moses Changing the Water of the Nile into Blood (Ms. 33 (88.MP.70), fol. 73v, Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany​, about 1400–1410,​ Getty Museum​

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