17 December 2021

From the Director

The last year has continued to prove challenging to emotions researchers in CHE, as many of our activities in 2021 have been postponed or cancelled due to continued lockdowns and restrictions on movement. While we have had less opportunity to meet in person, the CHE nonetheless continues to adapt and explore opportunities to share our research and to collaborate. Members of the Centre continue to publish their excellent and ground-breaking research on the emotions, with details of new publications listed on the CHE website.

In 2021 scholars from around Australia and overseas participated in CHE events both virtually and in-person, including our newly established virtual Work in Progress seminar series, and the well-received ‘
Adaptation in the Humanities: Reimagining the Past, Present and Future’ Conference, co-organised with the Limina collective, and the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group. As we have previously report, the Australian Research Council (ARC) has generously granted the Centre a one-year extension of the use of the ARC Centre for Excellence name, allowing us to continue our work beyond 2021. We look forward to collaborating with Limina again in 2022 for their ‘Monsters’ conference (currently scheduled for September 2022), as well as hosting other events including the Thirteenth Biennial ANZAMEMS Conference on 'Reception and Emotion' both in-person and online in mid-2022.

In addition, in 2022, as part of its international research collaboration, CHE will fund excellent researchers in the field to work remotely with members of the Centre. In October 2021, The University of Western Australia node of the Centre advertised for applications for its Virtual Research Fellowship Program. We received a large number of applications, and after carefully reviewing them, we are very excited to work with the following Research Fellows over the next year:

Virtual Research Fellows

•          Dr Jelena Bakić (Universidad de Sevilla)
•          Dr Ashleigh Green (The University of Melbourne/Australian Catholic University)
•          Dr Tiffany Hoffman (University of Toronto)
•          Dr Alexandre Simon-Ekeland (University of Oslo)
•          Dr Sara Tafakori (University of Leeds)
•          Dr. Jeremy C. Thompson (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
•          Dr Robert T. Tomczak (Adam Mickiewicz University)
Honorary Virtual Research Fellows

•          Dr Leila Alhagh (University of Melbourne/Monash University)
•          Dr Sonia Cancian (McGill University)
•          Dr Daniel A. Finch-Race (Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice)
•          Dr Claire Hansen (James Cook University)
•          Dr Daniel Johnston (University of Sydney)
•          Dr Gordon D. Raeburn (Bishop Grosseteste University)
•          Lisa Rolston (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)
•          Dr Facundo Sebastián Macías (University of Buenos Aires)
•          Dr Agustín Méndez (University of Buenos Aires)
•          Dr Umme Salma (University of Queensland)
•          Dr Leigh Penman (Monash University)

I wish all of you a happy holiday season and New Year.

Kirk Essary, CHE Director

Awards and Appointments

Louise D’Arcens has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.

Clare Davidson has been appointed as a Research Associate in the Gender and Women’s History Research Centre in the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, at the Australian Catholic University.

Jane Davidson has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.

Kirk Essary was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award in the School of Humanities at The University of Western Australia.

Yasmin Haskell has been elected Foreign Fellow (‘pastorella’) of the Academy of the Arcadians, Rome.

Shino Konishi has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.

Jane Lydon was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award in the School of Humanities at The University of Western Australia.

Charlotte Rose Millar has been appointed as a teaching specialist in early modern history at The University of Melbourne.
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Photo of Anne ScottIt was with great sadness that we learned of the death in September 2021 of our esteemed colleague Dr Anne M. Scott (UWA). Anne was the Convenor of the Australian Research Council Network for Early European Research (2006–2010), editor of Parergon (2006–2016), former President and long standing committee member of the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group (PMRG), and honorary researcher in the School of Humanities at The University of Western Australia. Anne made an extraordinary contribution as a researcher and academic leader of the first order, and will be greatly missed.

Hélène Sirantoine and Merridee Bailey have written a touching tribute to Dr Kimberley-Joy Knight, who sadly passed away in July: 

In memoriam: Dr Kimberley-Joy Knight (1984–2021)

The passing away, on Friday 16 July 2021, of Dr Kimberley-Joy Knight deprives us of a gifted scholar whose contribution to the religious history of medieval Scandinavia, history of emotions, material culture, and the cult of saints signalled her as a rising star within academia.

Kimberley’s capacity to roam widely across sources (with a proficiency in seven languages), periods, and methods gave breadth and depth to her scholarly work and originality to her insights into medieval history and literature. The qualities that distinguished her as such a promising scholar also made her an engaging and perceptive colleague to talk with. John Hudson, with whom Kimberley closely collaborated for more than a decade, remembers her “vast range of interests…and the peculiarly diverse range of sources of which she was aware. And there was the ability to connect – between sources, between topics, between ideas, between past and present. Above all there was the unpredictability, the originality – one never knew what she might come up with, but always knew that it would be immensely stimulating and demand extended thought.” Deeply saddened by her loss, her medievalist friends and colleagues wish to retrace here the steps of her academic career and pay a last tribute to her memory...

Please click here to continue reading the tribute.
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BNF Français 102, fol. 247v, Tristan et demoiselle se lamentantRecent posts on the CHE blog

Read Megan Moore's (University of Missouri) post about 'Whose emotions matter? Grief as power'.

Read Gordon D. Raeburn's (Bishop Grosseteste University) post about '
The British Royal Family continue to act as an Emotional Regime'.

Read Stacey Mary Page's (The University of Adelaide) and Hannah McCann's (The University of Melbourne) post about '
Emotional styling: How can hairdressers help?'.

If you would like to write a post for the CHE blog, please contact the Centre via email at

Image: BNF Français 102, fol. 247v, Tristan et demoiselle se lamentant
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Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Barclay, K. Academic Emotions: Feeling the Institution. Cambridge Elements. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021.

Barclay, K., and G. Tarantino, eds. Emotions: History, Culture, Society 5.2 (2021).

Barclay, K., D. Hall and D. Mackinnon, eds. ‘Children and War in Early Modern Europe’, special issue,
Parergon 38.2 (2021).

Blackwell, A., and M. Gerzic, eds. ‘Royal Bodies in Shakespearean Adaptations on Screen’, special issue, Shakespeare Bulletin 39.1 (2021).

Brooks, A., ed.
The Routledge Companion to Romantic Love. Routledge, 2022. (Published in  November 2021) Flannery, M. C. Practising Shame: Female Honour in Later Medieval England. Paperback edn. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2021.  Back to Top

Selected Forthcoming Events

Conference: North American Chapter on the History of Emotion (NACHE) Conference 2022
Date: 3–4 June 2022
Venue: George Mason University in Fairfax, VA

Conference: 'Reception and Emotion': Thirteenth Biennial ANZAMEMS Conference 
Date: 27–30 June 2022. NB: This is the rescheduled date for the event.
Venue: The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia and Online via Zoom.
Call for Papers Deadline: 10 January 2022 (early acceptance from 31 May 2020).
Bursaries and Prizes: Details can be found on the conference website. Closing date for applications is 10 January 2022.
Enquiries: anzamems2021@gmail.com

Conference: 'Going Places’, The Third Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Emotions
Date: 6–9 September 2022
Venue: University of Florence, Italy

Please note: Due to current circumstances a number of CHE events have unfortunately been postponed or cancelled. 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: Ars Electronica / Robert Bauernhansl, Mona Lisa in Deep Space 8K, Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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