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Interdisciplinary Approaches to Law, History and the Emotions

Law, logic and loggerheads (1791), courtesy of the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.

Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminar (PATS)

(following the Emotions in Legal Practices: Historical and Modern Attitudes Compared conference, 26-28 September 2016)

Date: Thursday 29 September 2016
Time: 9.15am-3.30pm
Venue: Kevin Lee Room, Level 6, Main Quad, The University of Sydney
Convenors: David Lemmings and Kathryn Temple
Registration: Registration is free, but places are limited. Register online at http://alturl.com/nuduk or email Jacquie Bennett to register by 15 September 2016. 
Further information:

Download PATS flyer

Download Conference CFP flyer



Does your research address the intersection between law, history, culture and the emotions? Would you like to gain a greater understanding of the major issues researchers in this field encounter? 

The Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminar (PATS), run by the Adelaide node of the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions (CHE) at The University of Sydney, will bring established scholars in this field together with postgraduates to define and address these issues. 

The PATS will consist of four short workshops. Each workshop will focus on an issue of interest or concern to scholars working in this interdisciplinary arena. Leading international and Australian scholars will facilitate the workshops, and students will have the opportunity to discuss their own research. 

The interdisciplinary (history, history of emotions, literature, culture, law and legal history, the humanities) breadth of this PATS is intended to allow students from all disciplines to encounter issues that transcend the disciplines and to situate their own research in the interdisciplinary context.

9.15am: Welcome and Introductions

9.30-10.30: Gender, Emotion and the Historical Development of the Common Law (Hila Keren) 

10.30: Morning Tea 

11.00-12.00: Law, Emotions and Literature: Traditional and New Approaches (Kathryn Temple)

12.00-1.00pm: Lunch

1.00-2.00: Evidence for Emotions and ‘Character’ in Court: The Evidence Lawyer's Perspective (Jill Hunter)

2.00: Afternoon Tea

2.30-3.30: Finding and Using Law and Literature Texts as Sources for Studying History of Emotions (David Lemmings and Amy Milka)


There is no cost for this PATS, but places are limited to ensure the day is focused. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, please advise of any dietary requirements when applying.


Bursaries are available for students from outside the Sydney area. If you are intending to apply for a bursary please submit an application form plus a short academic reference before 31 July 2016 to jacquie.bennett@adelaide.edu.au. Applicants will hear back shortly after 31 July. Please indicate in your application if you have also offered a poster and short talk to the ‘Emotions in Legal Practices: Historical and Modern Attitudes Compared’ conference on 26-28 September.


Each workshop will focus on a number of texts, or short selections from a longer text. This reading is compulsory because pre-reading ensures vibrant discussion. The texts will be made available online beforehand (for more information please email jacquie.bennett@adelaide.edu.au).


Professor Jill Hunter (Law, UNSW)

Professor Hila Keren (Law, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, USA)

Professor David Lemmings (CHE, The University of Adelaide)

Dr Amy Milka (CHE, The University of Adelaide)

Professor Kathryn Temple (English, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA)

Important dates

Image: Law, logic and loggerheads (1791), courtesy of the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.