10 September 2019

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From the Director

The mid part of 2019 has been a very busy time for our Centre, packed with events and with planning for the years ahead. We have been fortunate to have an outstanding range of international scholars visit the Centre, participating in events, and enriching the research conducted across our nine nodes.

A selection of future national activities are listed in this month’s e-newsletter, and the
events page of the Centre’s website is updated regularly with details of new events. 

Our social media reach continues to grow and now includes over
5,500 Twitter followers.

Our new advisory board has taken shape, with both continuing and new members now making up the board. Details of this new board is
now available on the Centre’s website.

The Centre’s landmark project, the
six-volume Bloomsbury Cultural History of Emotions, was published in February 2019, and CHE's research publication record continues to be outstanding. We congratulate those who have published numerous monographs, collections, journal special issues, and multiple book chapters and journal articles in 2019, with many more in press for 2020.

The future of the Centre over the next few years certainly looks bright!

Kirk Essary

 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.

To join or renew, click here.
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Recent Events

Humanifesto: Dissecting the Human Experience
By Laura Collier (The University of Western Australia)
We live in a climate of debates about bodily autonomy, population growth, artificial intelligence, and genetic modification. Our bodies are marked by sex, race, age and health, all of which are contentiously invested with social and political significance. At the same time, discoveries about our past and emerging technologies challenge fixed ideas of what it means to be human. In this way, the lines between our bodies and our humanity are being drawn and re-drawn. Extending beyond the physical, then, how do we understand and express what it means to be human?
The fourteenth annual Limina conference, held on Friday 19 July 2019 at The University of Western Australia, brought together an international forum of scholars for a discussion around the broad theme of ‘
Humanifesto: Dissecting the Human Experience’. Excitingly, papers ranged far and wide: from science fiction to theatre, from understanding the Other to Artificial Intelligence, and from classic myth to prepping for the end of the world. Interdisciplinary studies has never looked so good!
We were delighted to have Dr Uwana Evers, Data Scientist at Pureprofile and Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia’s Business School, present the keynote address, in which she gave a fascinating overview of the values of the human experience, and asked the question, “How do the important things in life influence our everyday behaviour?” Dr Evers delved into an examination of value priorities, while explaining how being aware of our personal values, and learning that other people may hold values that are different from our own, but equally valid, can help us to better understand, communicate with and trust each other.
Another highlight of the conference was the Public Panel on Thursday 18 July 2019, ‘
With or Without Body: Feeling, Creating, and Performing Emotion’, which was presented with the generous support of the Centre for the History of Emotions, the Institute of Advanced Studies at UWA, and UWA Publishing. Among other questions, this interdisciplinary panel delved into fascinating ideas such as, “In a hyperconnected world, where our social networks are quickly becoming replacements for the physical participation in our emotional communities, how do we navigate the often under-examined relationship between our emotions and our bodies?” We thank Associate Professor Kathryn Prince, SymbioticA’s Tarsh Bates, Dr Shino Konishi, Dr Sam Han and Facilitator Sam Fox for sharing their insight and ideas from their expertise in a wide-range of disciplines, including the History of Emotions and creative performance, posthumanism and interfacing death, cultural displacement and queer ecologies. The panel drew on their vast collective knowledge and interactions with cross-disciplinary fields to explore the [in]corporeality of emotions, and the implications of bodies as emotional conduits. The panel’s presentations and discussions made for a fascinating conversation, and we are very appreciative of our panellists so generously sharing their time, knowledge and research interests. 
The ‘Humanifesto’ conference edition of the Limina Journal will be published in the middle of 2020. To stay updated about our future issues, our 2020 conference, and to get in touch with Limina Journal, go to
www.limina.arts.uwa.edu.au, or find us on Facebook and Twitter @Liminajournal.

Posts about Recent Events on the CHE blog

'Emotional Bodies in Context, a Symposium at The University of Adelaide'
By Meagan Nattrass (The University of Adelaide)

Read Meagan's
post at the CHE blog.

'Political Emotions, a Conference at The University of Adelaide'
By Phillipa Bellemore (Macquarie University) and Bircan Ciytak (University of Birmingham)

Read Phillipa's and Bircan's 
post at the CHE blog.

Image: Christian Ster, Tears of Emotion, 2017, Wikimedia Commons
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Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Barclay, K., A. Lynch and G. Tarantino, eds. Emotions: History, Culture, Society 3.1 (2019). 

Barclay, K., J. Meek and A. Thomson, eds.
Courtship, Marriage and Marriage Breakdown: Approaches from the History of Emotion. New York: Routledge, November 2019. Pre-order now!

Barclay, K. and B. Reddan, eds.
The Feeling Heart in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Kalamazoo: Medieval Imprint Press, December 2019. Pre-order now!

Brooks, A. Love and Intimacy in Contemporary Society: Love in an International Context. New York/ London: Routledge, November 2019. Pre-order now!

Bubenik, A, ed.
The Persistence of Melancholia in Arts and Culture. London: Routledge, 2019.

Cassidy-Welch, M. 
War and Memory at the Time of the Fifth Crusade. Philadelphia: Penn State University Press, 2019.

Dale, A.
The Printed Reader: Gender, Quixotism, and Textual Bodies in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2019.

D’Arcens, L. and C. Barrington, ‘The Global Middle Ages and Global Medievalism’, special issue,
Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures 8.1 (Spring 2019).

Flannery, M. C.
Practising Shame: Female Honour in Later Medieval England. Manchester: Manchester University Press, November 2019. Pre-order now!

Lydon, J.
Imperial Emotions: The Politics of Empathy Across the British Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, October 2019. Pre-order now!

Lynch, A. and S. Broomhall, eds. The Routledge History of Emotions in Europe, 1100–1700. London: Routledge, 2020. (Published July 2019).

Scott, A. M. and M. D. Barbezat, eds.
Fluid Bodies in Pre-Modern Literature, Theology, and Art: Rethinking Expressions of Bodies and their Fluids. ARC Humanities Press, September 2019. Pre-order now!

Tarantino, G. and C. Zika. Feeling Exclusion: Religious Conflict, Exile and Emotions in Early Modern Europe. London: Routledge, November 2019. Pre-order now!

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Selected Forthcoming Events

Date: Thursday 3 October 2019
Time: 1:00pm–3:00pm
Rogers Room, Woolley Building, The University of Sydney
RSVP: To Keagan Brewer (
keagan.brewer@sydney.edu.au) by 30 September 2019.

Public Lecture: 'Margaret Cavendish’s, 'Life of Newcastle' (1667), a Wifely Intervention in the Making of History', by Diana Barnes (University of New England)
Date: Wednesday 16 October 2019
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: Fox Lecture Hall, Arts Building, The University of Western Australia 
Register: Registration is free. Follow
this link.

Masterclass: 'Social Wellbeing: Emotion and Community
Friday 18 October 2019
Time: 9:30am–12:30pm
Venue: Institute of Advanced Studies, The University of Western Australia
Register: Registration is free. Follow
this link.

Conference: 'Mental Health in the Medieval and Early Modern World'
Date: Saturday 19 October 2019
Venue: The University of Western Australia
Registration: Registration closes on Friday 11 October 2019. Follow this link.

Conference: 'Compassion, a Timely Feeling: The Inaugural University of New England History of Emotions Conference'
Date: 24–26 October 2019 
Venue: University of New England, Armidale
Call for Paper Deadline: 14 September 2019

Workshop: 'Emotions and Mental Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives'
Date: Friday 29 November 2019
Venue: The University of Adelaide 

Enquiries: katie.barclay@adelaide.edu.au

Conference: ''Dark Enlightenments: XVII David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies'
Date: 2–4 December 2020
Venue: Adelaide, Australia
Enquiries: DNS2020@flinders.edu.au
Call for Papers Deadline: Early acceptance: 1 November 2019; Final deadline: 1 March 2020.

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: Hieronymus Bosch, The Cure of Folly, or the Extraction of the Stone of Madness, c. 1501–1506, Museo del Prado.

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