10 December 2018

From the Directors

As 2018 draws to an end, we take this opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE) so far, and to look forward to its exciting future.

CHE's research
publication record is outstanding, with many more items to come in following years. Something of the Centre's broader impact on Australian humanities scholarship can be gauged from a few statistics. From 2011–2018, CHE funded the research of over 250 scholars. Our membership included 14 Chief Investigators, 38 full-time Postdoctoral Fellows, 37 postgraduate students and more than 100 Associate Investigators at universities around Australia. We worked with 10 international Partner Investigators from major institutions in the UK, Europe and Canada. We hosted over 50 international academic visitors on short-term fellowship schemes, and attracted many more to our conferences and symposia each year. We collaborated on major international events in Germany, Italy, the UK, China, South Africa, the USA and Canada. We founded Emotions: History Culture Society (EHCS), now a Brill publication, through the Society for the History of Emotions (SHE).

CHE also presented
highly popular education and public outreach activities. Through them we recovered the history of emotions from Europe 1100–1800, and shared it with the wider Australian public, including over 7,000 high school students and teachers. We also undertook and published major research on audience emotions through musical, operatic and theatrical events that utilised historically informed performance practices from the past. Our social media reach now includes over 5,000 Twitter followers.

CHE's work continues. The Directorate, national administration and communication
remain at UWA. Additional nodes have been established at the Australian Catholic University, Western Sydney University, Macquarie University and the University of New England, with more under consideration. These are joining the original nodes at Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland and Western Australia to fund the centre from 2019–21. New research programs and collaborations are already arising from this extension of our work and influx of new members.

We are completing our time as Co-Directors of CHE, with grateful thanks to the staff, students and friends who have made it such a success and a great place to work. It is especially encouraging to see the Centre maintaining its research momentum, and carrying on the work Philippa Maddern envisaged at its inception. We welcome the
new Director from 2019, Kirk Essary, and wish all our members a happy holiday season and New Year.

Best wishes to all,


Andrew Lynch and Susan Broomhall
(CHE Co-Directors, 2018)

The Future of Emotions

The Australian Research Council has encouraged the Chief Investigators’ plan to retain the ARC Centre of Excellence name for up to three years. We take this opportunity to express deep thanks to you all for being part of CHE’s story so far, and invite you to keep connected with our Centre as it moves into an exciting new stage of existence.

We encourage you to keep an eye on the ARC Centre for Excellence for the History of Emotions website:
http://www.historyofemotions.org.au, particularly the tabs for Events, Blog and Society for the History of Emotions, which will all continue to be updated.

In 2017 CHE founded the
Society for the History of Emotions (SHE), an international organisation that is home to a new biannual refereed interdisciplinary journal, Emotions: History Culture Society (EHCS), established in 2017 and published by Brill from 2018. Chaired by Jacqueline Van Gent, the Society and journal have continued to broaden our interdisciplinary scope, and to extend the time period of our research from antiquity to the present-day. To join the Society and subscribe to EHCS, please visit the Society section of the CHE website.

The new Society for the History of Emotions (SHE) website is also up and running, with more updates to be added shortly:

You can now follow the
journal EHCS on Twitter.
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Continuing and New Nodes

To maintain excellence in history of emotions research into the future and to continue our momentum, in late 2018 additional nodes of CHE were established at the Australian Catholic University, Western Sydney University, Macquarie University and the University of New England, with more under consideration, joining the original nodes at Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland and Western Australia. The Directorate and national administration continue at UWA, and the node universities will fund the Centre collectively for a further three years. Researchers continue to collaborate and publish together, within Australia and internationally, building on the relationships that were established in the first seven years.

The University of Adelaide: Node Leader:
Katie Barclay
Australian Catholic University: Node Leader: Michael Champion
Macquarie University: Node Leader: Louise D’Arcens
The University of Melbourne: Node Leader: Stephanie Trigg
University of New England: Node Leader: Diana Barnes
The University of Queensland: Node Leader: Peter Holbrook
The University of Sydney: Acting Node Leader: Alan Maddox
The University of Western Australia: Node Leader: TBA
Western Sydney University: Node Leader:
Penny Rossiter

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New Director

We welcome Kirk Essary as the Director of CHE (2019–2021). Kirk already has a long association with CHE as a Postdoctoral Fellow, is now employed in History and Classics at The University of Western Australia, and is the current Director of the UWA Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

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New Professional Staff

We welcome Marina Gerzić, who has joined CHE as the new National Administrative Officer. Many of you will be already familiar with Marina due to her work with ANZAMEMS and Parergon. In 2019 Marina’s office days are Tuesday (all day), and Thursday and Friday (mornings), and Marina can be contacted via email at: emotions@uwa.edu.au.

Recent Events

'Researching Emotions: Past, Present and Future'
By Jason Stoessel (Senior Lecturer in Music, University of New England)

On 26 September 2018,
Jason Stoessel (Senior Lecturer in Music, University of New England) convened a symposium ‘Researching Emotions: Past, Present and Future to showcase the diversity and breadth of emotions research at the University of New England (UNE). The symposium brought together researchers from across UNE’s School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences – including a critical mass of postdoctoral fellows and Associate Investigators of the CHE now at UNE – to demonstrate how emotions research has shaped their respective inquiries.

The first session, chaired by Jason Stoessel, included presentations by Cate Dowd,
Diana Barnes and Jennifer Hamilton. Cate Dowd spoke on her research into context-based emotions for journalism and its potential for building behaviour engines and emotion-based intelligence in information technology systems. Diana Barnes spoke on the gendered responses by seventeenth-century women writers to contemporary Neostoicism in letters, commonplace books and diaries. Fincina Hopgood explored current trends in the research of the role of empathy in screen media productions.

The second session, chaired by
Francois Soyer, continued to explore emotions research across a range of domains. Jennifer Hamilton brought into dialogue two prominent feminist authors, Val Plumwood and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, to explore the affective dimension of embodied environmentalism. Kristal Spreadborough presented her new findings on the relationship between vocal timbre and emotion in contemporary song. Finally, Jason Stoessel explored how in early fifteenth-century Padua Francesco Zabarella and Johannes Ciconia collaborated to use the emotional power of rhetoric and music to appeal to papal nuncio Petros Filargo of Candia.

The symposium was followed by the University of New England’s 2018 Gordon Athol Anderson Memorial Lecture ‘“Moving the Passions” Through Performance’, presented by
Jane W. Davidson (Deputy Director, ARC Centre for the History of Emotions, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne). Audiovisual captures of the symposium are available online at: https://youtu.be/CGsNVvW4XwM and https://youtu.be/j0La5KBRljs, also available via the event page on the CHE website.
By Diana Jefferies (School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University)

Mockingbird, a black comedy telling the story of four generations of women who experience severe mental distress after the childbirth continued its successful run from October 18 to 20 at the Butterfly Club in Melbourne. It is based on the family stories of New Zealand-based writer/performer Lisa Brickell and research by Diana Jefferies (Western Sydney University) into historical healthcare records of women admitted to psychiatric hospitals following childbirth in NSW from 1885 to 1955. The performers, Lisa Brickell and Siri Embla, and director Ruth Dudding, have experience of Postnatal Distress making the show an authentic portrayal of what it like to live with these conditions.

The play was very well received, with Ree Maloney from
Weekend Notes reporting:
'It deals with how PND was diagnosed and dealt with during Tina's great grandmother's time and it deals with how it's dealt with now. And while the story suggested that giving it a hug might make it better and the audience knows that depression is a more complex beast than that, it demonstrates that we – now – have a better understanding of it and are taking better steps towards dealing with it.'

Maloney’s comments show that theatre can be a bridge between health and the community, encouraging conversations about how we can improve health outcomes for new mothers and their babies. Mockingbird was funded by the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions – without this support, the play would never have been performed in Australia.

'Emotions and Intimacy in Asian Migration, Past and Present '
By Amalya Ashman (CHE Visiting Research Fellow 2018; Academy of Korean Studies)

The symposium ‘Emotions and Intimacy in Asian Migration, Past and Present, took place on Friday 23 November 2018, thanks to the sponsorship of the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions, the Institute for Advanced Studies at The University of Western Australia, and the Forrest Research Foundation.

The event brought together perspectives on feelings of migrants and the experiences of multiculturalism comparing the Australian context with that of East Asia. Our invited speakers, Yin Wang (National Cheng Kung University of Taiwan) and Lynne Nakano (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), provided insight into the negotiation of the family ethics of filial piety and neo-liberal forces in the case of Southeast Asian caregivers attending to elders within middle-class Taiwanese families; and the emotional debts of unmarried, middle-class women in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai, respectively. Complementing these discussions, Laura Dales considered the networking and physical locations of friendships in contemporary Japan, and Amalya Ashman gave an overview of the emotional values and adopted styles of ‘expats’ living in South Korea. Looking back to earlier examples of the emotions of multiculturalism,
Susan Broomhall reflected on the feelings of belonging and memorialisation for Korean immigrants in Tokugawa Japan, while Jeremy Martens evaluated the public anger and political rejection of Chinese immigrants in Sydney in 1888, and Nadia Rhook described the emotional landscape of fin-de-siècle Melbourne for medical practitioners of colour. The event concluded with a debate over increasingly positive feelings towards mixed-race identities in Australia, stemming from Farida Fozdar’s new study, and its parallels in East Asian societies.

'Religion and Emotion in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, c.11001800

By Stephanie Thomson (The University of Adelaide)

On Friday 23 November, a one-day symposium on ‘Religion and Emotion in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, c.1100–1800 was held at The University of Adelaide, under the aegis of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

The symposium brought together delegates from across Australia and from Europe, and featured a diverse and stimulating range of papers. The symposium commenced with a panel loosely focused on the theme of ‘spectacle’.
Sarah Randles (The University of Melbourne/University of Tasmania) spoke on the sainte châsse of Chartres as an emotional object, while Lucy King (The University of Sydney) presented on religious allegory and political spectacle in the Wars of the Roses. Carol Williams (Monash University) concluded by discussing emotion in medieval plainchant. The second panel, on ‘identity’, featured papers on saint worship in early modern Castile (Ricardo Fernández González, Uppsala University); nostalgia and identity in Icelandic conversion narratives (Matthew Firth, Flinders University); and emotional and spatial representations of exile in the legend of St Mary of Egypt (Andrew Lynch, The University of Western Australia). Two speakers presented intriguing papers on ‘fear’: Keagan Brewer (The University of Sydney) spoke about the possibility of atheism in twelfth- and thirteenth-century Europe, while Vanessa Crosby (University of NSW) raised salient questions about depictions of the macabre and the rehearsal of fear. The symposium closed with two papers on eighteenth-century England. Mark Neuendorf (The University of Adelaide) demonstrated that British preachers in the Romantic era changed their theatrical craft to suit the dominant emotional style; Astrid Lane (The University of Adelaide) discussed the impact of English translation projects on the relationship between Stoicism and Christianity. Unfortunately, flight cancellations out of Sydney meant that our keynote speaker, Thomas Fudge (University of England) was not able to present the public lecture scheduled for the Thursday evening. However, Thomas was successfully able to give a fascinating paper on laughing, crying and killing in medieval Bohemia via video-link the following day.

'Recycling the Past: Narratives, Objects, Emotions'
By Charles Zika (The University of Melbourne) and Jenny Smith (The University of Melbourne)

The symposium ‘
Recycling the Past: Narratives, Objects, Emotions’, convened by Charles Zika, was held at The University of Melbourne on Friday 9 November 2018, with thirty-seven people in attendance. Papers explored some of the ways the past was used in premodern Europe, to address contemporary realities and anxieties. Rulers, writers and artists conjured up figures from the past, retold ancient stories, re-enacted traditions, and recast objects and images, in order to model and shape contemporary thoughts, emotions and action. The symposium explored how emotion could provide authenticity or credibility for such re-imaginings and promote particular forms of engagement or behaviour.

Charles Zika indicated in his opening remarks, the symposium focused on emotions as practised behaviours. The material nature of highly public representations of classical stories of Lucretia (Shelley Perlove), ancient hermaphrodites and a petrified man (Lisa Beaven), an equestrian king (Sarah Randles), the Indian processional juggernaut (Jenny Spinks), St James the Moor-slayer (Heather Dalton), and the biblical witch of Endor (Charles Zika), showed the many ways in which, as Sarah Randles noted, the performance of emotions was scripted.

An emerging theme was how the emotional resonances of material, or material statements of emotion – whether bloody wounds, soft stone or crushed bodies – can (to use William Reddy’s phrase) ‘by their utterance change the state of reality’. A chilling example was how the iconography of St James, used by early modern Iberian and Mexican artists to rewrite narratives of conquest, is now being deployed again by white supremacists.

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Katie Barclay has been awarded an ARC Discovery Project in 2019 for her research project on money, sex and power in the industrial revolution. AUD150,000

Emma Hutchinson was awarded the 2018 Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research by the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Constant Mews and Kathleen Neal have been awarded an ARC Discovery Project in 2019 for their research project on injustice in the medieval political theory. AUD215,000

Maria Tumarkin was awarded the Melbourne Prize for Literature's 2018 Best Writing Award for her work Axiomatic. AUD30,000

Jacqueline Van Gent was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2018 by the Faculty of Humanities of CHE Partner institution, Umeå University.

The Vault has won Best Console/PC Hardcore and Best Indie Game at the Game Connection Development Awards in Paris, France. The Vault was developed through a partnership with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, the Queen Mary University of London, and digital media studio Monkeystack.

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Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Barclay, K. Men On Trial: Performing Emotion, Embodiment And Identity In Ireland, 1800–45. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019.

Barclay, K., A. Lynch, and G. Tarantino, eds.
Emotions: History, Culture, Society 2.2 (2018).

Boquet, D. and P. Nagy.
Medieval Sensibilities: A History of Emotions in the Middle Ages, translated by R. Shaw. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2018.

Boquet, D. and P. Nagy.
Medioevo sensibile: Una storia delle emozioni (secoli III–XV). Rome: Carocci, 2018.

Broomhall, S., ed.
Women and Power at the French Court, 1483–1563. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018.

Broomhall, S., J. W. Davidson and A. Lynch, eds.
A Cultural History of the Emotions, Volumes 1–6. London: Bloomsbury, 2019. Available for pre-order.

Downes, S., A. Lynch and K. O’Loughlin, eds.
Writing War in Britain and France, 1370–1854: A History of Emotions. New York/London: Routledge, 2019.

Flannery, M. C., ed.
Emotion and Medieval Textual Media. Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming December 2018.

Ghose, I.
Much Ado About Nothing: Language and Writing. London: The Arden Shakespeare (Bloomsbury), 2018.

Jarzebowski, C.
Kindheit und Emotion: Kinder und ihre Lebenswelten in der europäischen Frühen Neuzeit [Childhood and Emotion: Children and their Lives in the European Early Modern Period]. Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2018.

Gibbard, P., translator and editor.
The Dream, by Émile Zola, translated with an introduction and notes by P. Gibbard. Oxford World’s Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Hickey, H, A. McKendry and M. Raine, eds.
Contemporary Chaucer Across the Centuries: Essays for Stephanie Trigg. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018.

Lemmings, D., and A. N. May.
Criminal Justice During The Long Eighteenth Century: Theatre, Representation And Emotion. London and New York: Routledge, 2019.

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The Emperor's Fiddler. Johann Heinrich Schmelzer: Sonatae Unarum Fidium
(CD718, Great Britain: Obsidian Records, 2018)

In a new recording, David Irving and Obsidian Records showcase the work of Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (c.1623–1680). Schmelzer has languished in relative obscurity compared to some of his colleagues from the 17th century, but in 1660 he was described as “the famous and just about foremost violinist in all of Europe”. A virtuoso violinist, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Schmelzer dominated Vienna’s music scene for several decades, and became a favourite musician of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I (reigned 1658–1705). This disc explores the lavish sound-world and rich musical invention of the Emperor’s fiddler.

The recording was warmly reviewed in GRAMOPHONE, and is 'Editor's Choice: Chamber' in the December 2018 issue of Limelight Magazine:

"The performances are finely rendered: hear the aching, drawn-out phrases of the Sonata Prima's opening, Irving duetting with Vaughan, or the sunny wistful finale, the Sonata Quarta". Angus McPherson, Limelight Magazine.
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Jacques-Louis David, The Anger of Achilles, 1819. Oil on canvas. Kimbell, Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas.

Selected Forthcoming Events

Seminar: ‘Moral Sentiments in the Mediterranean: Social, Historical and Cultural Perspectives
Date: Monday 11 February 2019
Time: 9am–5pm
Venue: The University of Malta
Convenors: Jean-Paul Baldacchino and Giovanni Tarantino
Registration Deadline: This is a FREE EVENT, but RSVP by 11 January 2019 to isabelle.abela@um.edu.mt for catering purposes

Study Day: ‘
The Stones of Melbourne: History, Excavation, Circulation and Affect
Date: 8 March 2019
Time: TBA
Venue: The University of Melbourne
Convenors: Tim Edensor and Stephanie Trigg
Enquiries: sjtrigg@unimelb.edu.au

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
Call for Papers Deadline: EXTENDED to 10 December 2018
Enquiries/Submission of Proposals: conflict@vectorsofemotion.com

‘Political Emotions’
Date: Monday 22 July 2019
Venue: TBA, Adelaide
Convenors: Deb King and Michelle Peterie (TASA SEA); Katie Barclay and Nathan Manning (CHE)
Call for Papers Deadline: 5pm AEST, Monday 18 February 2019.
Enquiries: political.emotions@gmail.com

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.

Education and Outreach: The Black Death

A new Teacher Education pack on 'The Black Death' (Year 8) has been uploaded to the 2018 Australian Curriculum Teacher Education Packs section of the CHE website.

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