20 December 2019

From the UWA Node

By Kathryn Prince (The University of Western Australia Node Leader)

The University of Western Australia node of the Centre has had a busy 2019! The year started with the very welcome return of the prodigal
Professor Yasmin Haskell, along with my own arrival at UWA, so our numbers were replenished to offset the retirements of Professor Andrew Lynch and Professor Bob White. Since Andrew and Bob continue to contribute to the Centre’s activities and intellectual climate with their usual excellence and enthusiasm, we can consider all of this a net gain.

My main objective for this year, as the new leader of the
UWA node, was to expand our network of friends and allies on campus. The Centre has been a tremendous source of national and international connections, and without taking those for granted I wanted to make sure that, especially now that our lavish funding period has concluded, we can rely on robust local networks as well.

Expanding on our close connections with the
Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group and the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at UWA, with whom we’ve co-badged events like Diana Barnes’s visit to us from the UNE node in October to coincide with the PMRG/CMEMS conference on Mental Health in the Medieval and Early Modern World and Svante Norrhem’s visit from Lund University, we’ve been partnering with the very active Tech and Public Interest research group, the boundary-crossing bio-artists at SymbioticA, our friends at the Lawrence Wilson Gallery, the Limina collective, and a so far fairly loosely constituted contingent of Environmental Humanities researchers. Some of our collaborations, like two emotion detection events co-badged with TPI and one with Limina, have been under the rubric of 'Future Emotions', one of our emerging research strengths. We aim to do much more of that sort of thing in 2020, including a planned event, 'Beyond Human Emotions', that I’ll announce early next year. Mindful of the climate changes that are becoming increasingly evident here in Australia, that event will feature carbon-neutral ways to participate without travelling to Perth. Many academics are talking about flying less in order to reduce their personal impact on the environment, and while train travel may be a great option for our colleagues in the UK and Europe I am hoping that CHE can create some alternative models that will continue to favour truly global research networks for those of us based a little beyond the reach of train journeys.

The year finished on an especially strong note with a well-attended event, '
Fakes!', co-badged with the Tech and Public Interest research group and the Lawrence Wilson Gallery, and concurrent with that the wonderful news that our former PhD student, Dr Brid Phillips, has been appointed to a permanent position here at UWA as a lecturer in Health Humanities. We’re all delighted that Brid’s important work at the intersection of History of Emotions and health will continue to flourish here, where we can keep medical humanities in the CHE family. Brid’s Renaissance Moved Readings will expand in 2020 to include events beyond that period and outside of our usual group of Humanities students and staff, drawing in health professionals and others interested in empathy, emotions, and performance.

As I type these final sentences I’m keeping one eye on the clock. Later this morning we will be meeting to review approximately 30 applications for our node’s Early Career and Distinguished Visitor fellowships. It’s exciting to end the year thinking about which of these fascinating projects we will be able to host in Perth. Expect to hear more about collaboratories, study days, and the 'Beyond Human Emotions' symposium once we know who is visiting when.

The coming year is going to be a great one at the UWA node, and, I hope, wherever this newsletter finds you. Best wishes to all of you, near and far, from all of us in Perth for the most wonderful 2020.

Awards and Appointments

Anna Haebich, CHE Advisory Board Member (2011–present), was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2019 in the Australian history category, for her work Dancing in Shadows—Histories of Nyungar Performance (UWA Press, 2018).

Dianne Hall, CHE Associate Investigator (2015), was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards 2019 for her work A New History of the Irish in Australia (co-written with Elizabeth Malcolm, UNSW Press, 2018).

Jane Lydon and teams have been awarded two ARC Discovery Projects: (DP200100094) for their research project on 'Western Australian Legacies of British Slavery' ($660,000.00 AUD), and (DP200100088) for their research project on 'Envisaging Citizenship: Australian Histories and Global Connections' ($501,000.00 AUD).

Stephanie Trigg and team have been awarded an ARC Discovery Project (DP200101325) for their research project on 'Literature and the Face: A Critical History' ($416,000.00 AUD).

Maria Tumarkin, CHE Honorary Artistic Outreach Associate (2015–2016), was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2019 in the non-fiction category for her work Axiomatic (Brow Books, 2018). 

Axiomatic was also recently listed on
The New Yorker's 'The Best Books of 2019' list
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Recent Events

Sydney Emotions Scholars 'Flash Papers' Seminar
By Alan Maddox (The University of Sydney CHE Node Leader)

On 3 October, a dozen or so scholars gathered in the Rogers Room at The University of Sydney for a ‘flash papers’ event, where we each briefly introduced our own areas of emotions-related research. It was great to have a diverse range of disciplines represented, including history, law, literature, music and philosophy, with representation from The University of Sydney, the University of NSW and the University of Technology Sydney. Many thanks to Sydney CHE deputy Node Leaders Kimberley-Joy Knight and particularly Keagan Brewer, who did much of the organising for this event.

Our hope is to build this collaboration across Sydney institutions, and we aim to run a similar informal seminar in early 2020, focusing on methods in emotions research.

Image: Bidgee, John Woolley Building at The University of Sydney, 2019, Wikimedia Commons.
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Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Barclay, K., A. Lynch and G. Tarantino, eds. Emotions: History, Culture, Society 3.2 (2019). [Guest editors: J. McKenzie, R. Olson, R. Patulny and M. Peterie]

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

Barclay, K. and B. Reddan, eds.
The Feeling Heart in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Meaning, Embodiment, and Making. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2020 (Published December 2019).

Brooks, A. Love and Intimacy in Contemporary Society: Love in an International Context. Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge, 2020 (Published December 2019).

Flannery, M. C. Practising Shame: Female Honour in Later Medieval England. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019.

Lydon, J.
Imperial Emotions: The Politics of Empathy Across the British Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,  2019.

Marchant, A., and J.-H. Nancarrow, eds. ‘Practice, Performance, and Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern Cultural Heritage’, special issue, Parergon 36.2 (2019).

O’Connell, L. The Origins of the English Marriage Plot: Literature, Politics and Religion in the Eighteenth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 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. Leeds: ARC Humanities Press, 2019.

Tarantino, G. and C. Zika. Feeling Exclusion: Religious Conflict, Exile and Emotions in Early Modern Europe. London: Routledge, 2019.

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Selected Forthcoming Events

Conference: 'History of Experience: Methodologies and Practices: The Third International Conference of the Centre of Excellence in the History of Experience (HEX)'
Date: 2–4 March 2020
Venue: Tampere University, Finland

Symposium: 'Numbers and the Self'
Date: Friday 1 May 2020
Venue: The University of Adelaide

Symposium: 'Flourishing and Wellbeing: Measurement, Meaning and Mindfulness in Health, Education and Work'
Date: 17–19 September 2020
Venue: Australian Catholic University (Melbourne Campus) and the Catholic Theological College
Enquiries: Jonathan Zecher (

'Imperial Emotions and the De-Colonial Move'
Date: 24–25 September 2020.
Venue: The University of Adelaide

Conference: '
Journeys: Discovery and Belonging'
Date: 30 September–2 October 2020
Venue: The University of Western Australia

Enquiries: andrew.lynch@uwa.edu.au

Conference: 'Adaptation in the Humanities: Reimagining the Past, Present and Future'
Date: 3–4 October 2020
Venue: The University of Western Australia

Conference: ''Dark Enlightenments: XVII David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies'
Date: 2–4 December 2020
Venue: Adelaide, Australia
Call for Papers Deadline: 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: Joseph Wright of Derby, An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump [detail] (1768), Wikimedia Commons 

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