7 June 2019

From the Melbourne Node

By Stephanie Trigg (Node Leader, The University of Melbourne)

Our work on the emotions can take us into energising dialogues with scholars and practitioners from a range of disciplines and creative arts.
At a recent seminar on ‘
The Stones of Melbourne’, convened by Stephanie Trigg and Tim Edensor on 8 March, we brought together a range of perspectives on the role of stone in the social histories, geology, architecture, art and design, commemoration, town planning and the history of quarrying in the past, present and future of Melbourne. Emotional questions and issues around heritage culture were persistent themes, as was the passion of so many of our speakers about the material fabric and history of the city.
Conversations ranged widely, taking us from the history and geology of Melbourne to various sites of stony commemoration, as we considered the changing and contested role of heritage and conservation culture, and the past, present and future of the many stone quarry sites around Melbourne. Topics ranged from the early volcanic activity to the north and west of Melbourne, through Melbourne’s built environment, the Melbourne General Cemetery and other old and new sites of stony commemoration, to the changing histories of Melbourne’s stone prisons at Pentridge and Melbourne Gaol.  
We also heard from some creative practitioners:
The Orbweavers, who sang some of the songs from their ‘Newer Volcanics’ suite; and two filmmakers, Georgia Novak and Eugene Perepletchikov, who showed us part of their new multi-channel film installation focussed on Melbourne’s bluestone, provisionally titled ‘Memory Work’, that featured in their Melbourne Design Week exhibition, ‘Material as Memory’, several weeks later, at which Tim and Stephanie also spoke.
This event showed how the emotions can be an enabling prompt for multidisciplinary dialogue between the humanities, the sciences and the creative arts.

 2019 SHE Subscription is now open.

The Society for the History of Emotions (SHE) invites you to join or renew your membership for 2019. SHE 2019 membership includes subscription to the two issues for Volume 3 (2019) of its journal Emotions: History, Culture, Society (EHCS), published by Brill on behalf of the Society, plus online access to previous volumes.

Members will also be eligible for a discounted registration for ‘“
Emotions in Conflict”: The Second Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Emotions (SHE)’.

To join or renew, click here.
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CHE/UWA Honorary Research Fellows Elected Chair and Vice-Chair of COST Action ‘People in Motion: Entangled Histories of Displacement Across the Mediterranean (1492–1923)’ PIMO

Congratulations to ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and The University of Western Australia Honorary Research Fellows Giovanni Tarantino (University of Florence) and Katrina O’Loughlin (Brunel University London) who have been elected Chair and Vice-Chair of the Cost Action ‘People in Motion: Entangled Histories of Displacement across the Mediterranean (1492-1923)’ PIMo.

PIMo is a four-year global research project undertaken by scholars from the humanities and social sciences from 35 countries, including historians, scholars of literary, visual, and material culture, philosophers, mathematicians, and maritime, biological, and bio-behavioral sciences. It addresses the entangled histories of displacement of human subjects within and from the Mediterranean from the fifteenth to twentieth centuries. 

The project provides a critical historical context and understanding for the current migration crisis in Europe in terms of the intensity of emotional responses of displaced peoples and the communities they orbit and join. It investigates multiple historical case studies of the movement of people through religious persecution, slavery and indentured labour, trade, exploration, and imperialism, curiosity, and environmental and social catastrophe. Within the deeply entangled or intertwined history and cultures of the Mediterranean, the project introduces the term ‘displacement’ as a way to reconceptualise the movement of people with awareness, historical acuity, and compassion. By tracing the entangled movement of people–and the objects, writing, and ideas that accompany them–this project understands displacement and dislocation as shared human experience, while remaining attentive to its geographical, political, and historical specificities.

The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) is a funding organisation for the creation of research networks, called COST Actions. These networks offer an open space for collaboration among scientists across Europe (and beyond) and thereby give impetus to research advancements and innovation. Since 1971, COST receives EU funding under the various research and innovation framework programmes, such as Horizon 2020.

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Awards and appointments

Congratulations to former Honorary Artistic Outreach Associate (2015–2016) Maria Tumarkin who was shortlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize for her novel Axiomatic (published by Brow Books).

Congratulations to
Michael David Barbezat, former CHE Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the ‘Meanings’ Program at The University of Western Australia, who has been appointed to a Research Fellowship in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) in Melbourne.

Congratulations to Nicholas Luke, former CHE Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of Queensland, who has been appointed to a tenure-track Assistant Professorship at The University of Hong Kong.

Congratulations to Makoto Harris Takao, former CHE Doctoral Student in the 'Jesuit Emotions' Project, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, commencing August 2019.

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Recent Events

 Emotional Bodies in Context 
 By Meagan Nattrass (The University of Adelaide)

On Friday 12 April, scholars gathered at The University of Adelaide to consider the interconnections between bodies, emotions and the external factors that shape belief and understanding about them and how in turn this informs the embodiment of feeling. The symposium attracted a wide range of academic researchers and postgraduate students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines resulting in a thought-provoking and worthwhile day. At its core, the day showcased the benefits of inter-disciplinary collaboration.

The keynote was delivered by cultural historian, Professor Karen Harvey, from the University of Birmingham. Harvey emphasised the significance of the body in her current research on the correspondence networks of middle-class families in the eighteenth century. Harvey demonstrated that for her correspondents the body was indistinguishable from the emotional and biological being. Emotion was physically embodied and could not be separated from the body. Harvey also noted the change in cultural constructions of the physical, biological and material body over time, arguing that the cultural shift from humoral to neurological and corporeal concepts of the body altered the way writers described their bodies, health and well-being. Harvey demonstrated that the letter was a material proxy for sharing well-being and argued that health in these contexts were intrinsically social.

The symposium covered a wide chronological period, from 1180 to the present day. In a final roundtable discussion, participants considered the themes emerging from the research presented. We concluded that the papers had variously shown that whilst bodies are individual, embodiment is social. It was also agreed that the plethora of perspectives demonstrated the ways people have used bodily trauma and suffering to articulate their place, status, or identity, strengthening the idea that identity is bound with the physical body. Furthermore, such a diverse and inter-disciplinary symposium demonstrated how different media from letters and narratives, to works of art, to social media platforms reveal the way people understand and express emotion cannot be disengaged from embodied feelings. Finally, the symposium endorsed the advantages of considering the body, not just within the discipline of history, but also politics, literature, art, and public health..
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Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Brooks, A. Women, Politics and the Public Sphere. Bristol: Policy Press, 2019.

Garrido, S. and J. W. Davidson. Music, Nostalgia and Memory: Historical and Psychological Perspectives. Dordrecht: Springer, 2019.

Grassi, U.
Sodoma: Persecuzioni, affetti, pratiche sociali (secoli VX-VIII). (Sodom: Persecutions, affects, and social practices (V–XVIII centuries)). Rome: Carocci, 2019.

Marchant, A., ed. Historicising Heritage and Emotions: The Affective Histories of Blood, Stone and Land. London: Routledge, 2019.

Patulny, R., A. Bellocchi, R. E. Olson, S. Khorana, J. McKenzie and M. Peterie, eds. 
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Selected Forthcoming Events

Public Lecture: 'Everyday Life in a Seventeenth-Century Swedish Aristocratic Household' by Svante Norrhem (Lund University).
Date: Wednesday 12 June 2019
Time: 6–7pm
Venue: The University of Western Australia

Masterclass: 'Everyday Life as a Methodological Challenge: Household, Gender and Materiality'
Date: Friday 14 June 2019
Time: 9am–12pm
Institute of Advanced Studies, The University of Western Australia

Public Lecture: 'Imagining Suicide: Representation and Emotion in the Age of Sensibility' by Eric Parisot (Flinders University)
Date: Friday 14 June 2019
Time: 3‒4pm
Venue: Noel Stockdale Room, Flinders Central Library, Flinders University

Symposium: 'Dead Central: Emotions: Memory and Place'
Date: Monday 17 June 2019
Time: 9am–5pm
Venue: Macquarie University
Free registration now open
‘Political Emotions’
Date: 22‒23 July 2019
Venue: Level 7 Inkarni Wardli Building, The University of Adelaide
Convenors: Deb King and Michelle Peterie (TASA SEA); Katie Barclay and Nathan Manning (CHE)
Registration now open. Register by 1 June (presenters) or 30 June (non-presenters).

Public Lecture: 'Finding Rembrandt in Love and Life' by Susan Broomhall (The University of Western Australia)
Date: Wednesday 24 July 2019
Time: 6‒7pm
Venue: Fox Lecture Hall, Arts Building, The University of Western Australia

Conference: ‘“Emotions in Conflict”: The Second Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Emotions (SHE)
Date: 2‒4 October 2019
Venue: University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Committee: David Dean, Kathryn Prince, Piroska Nagy
Register online by 1 July 2019 for early bird rate.

Conference: 'Mental Health in the Medieval and Early Modern World'
Date: Saturday 19 October 2019
Venue: The University of Western Australia
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: David Garrick as Richard III William Hogarth c.1745. Wikimedia Commons.

New 'Colourful Feelings' Teacher Education Pack

A new Teacher Education pack, 'Colourful Feelings: Responding to Historic Art Sources' (Years 3–4) has been uploaded to the 2018 Australian Curriculum Teacher Education Packs section of the CHE website.
Other packs in this series are:
  • 'Aha! You're a Witch! Early Modern European Witch-Hunts' (Year 8)
  • 'Black Death' (Year 8)
  • 'Fire Stories: Bushfires and Australian Colonial History' (Year 4)
  • 'Historians are Curious: Examining the Historical Inquiry Process' (Years 7–8)
  • 'On the Move: Transport Toys Through History'  (Years F–1)
  • 'Shakespeare the Drummer: Rhythm and Metre in Shakespeare's Plays'  (Years 9–10)
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