7 September 2021

From the Director

In 2021, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and the resulting lockdowns across the globe, the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE) has continued to be active and engaged. While we have had less opportunity to meet in person, the CHE nonetheless has been exploring opportunities to share our research and collaborate with node members, and is continuing to publish important research. 

Several events have  been rescheduled across our nodes for 2021 and beyond. One major event, which will be held at The University of Western Australia node of CHE, is the 
ANZAMEMS conference on ‘Reception and Emotion’. The conference has been now been rescheduled for mid-2022 (27 June–1 July 2022). The Call for Papers for this conference remain open, and there are several bursaries and prizes on offer. Our partners at the North American Chapter on the History of Emotion (NACHE), have also announced dates for their 2022 conference, which will be held 3–4 June 2022. Please visit the calendar of events at the Centre’s website for all updates regarding these events and others that are forthcoming.

On a final positive note, the Australian Research Council (ARC) has also 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!

2021 SHE Subscription is now open

The Society for the History of Emotions (SHE) invites you to join or renew your membership for 2021. SHE 2021 membership includes subscription to the two issues for Volume 5 (2021) of its journal Emotions: History, Culture, Society (EHCS), published by Brill on behalf of the Society, plus online access to previous volumes.

Issue 5.1 (2021),
Special Issue: Political Emotions and Ideological Performance is available now to current SHE members and institutional subscribers.

To join or renew, click here

Call for Nominations to Join SHE Council

Society for the History of Emotions (SHE) invites you to nominate to join our Council from the end of 2021. If more than one member nominates for the same position on the Council, an election will be held at the biennial Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) this November, with handover expected to occur at the end of the year. The positions shall normally be held for two (minimum) to four years (maximum). Nominees must be financial members of the Society in 2021, and maintain financial membership for the duration of their tenure. Join or renew your membership of the Society for 2021 here. All positions fall vacant at the OGM:
  • CHAIR – Currently held by Jacqueline Van Ghent (second/final term). The Chair presides at Council meetings and the biennial Ordinary General Meeting.
  • TREASURER – Currently vacant. The Treasurer is responsible for managing the Society’s finances, balancing its expenditure with the income generated through membership and sponsorship. (Assistance and handover is available from former Treasurer, Tanya Tuffrey).
  • SECRETARY – Currently held by Anne Sophie Voyer (first/final term). The Secretary convenes and prepares Agenda and Minutes for three Council meetings each year and the biennial Ordinary General Meeting.  Other duties include monitoring the Society’s email account.
  • COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER – Currently held by Catherine-Rose Hailstone (first term). Responsible for maintaining the Society’s academic and public outreach. Duties include updating the Society’s website and social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) with news on member publications and Society events.
  • ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER – Currently held by Katrina Tap (second/final term). The administrative officer maintains the membership database; liaises with the journal publisher Brill and the Treasurer re: membership/journal subscription updates; monitors the Society’s email account.  
  • POSTGRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE – Currently held by Laura Collier and Hayley Ogle (first term). Postgraduate representatives ensure that postgraduate student and researcher voices are brought to the attention of the Council. Nominees must be enrolled as a postgraduate student at the commencement of their tenure to nominate for this post.
  • ORDINARY MEMBERS (up to 12 positions) – First term: Kirk Essary; Second/final term: Susan Matt, Piroska Nagy, Carly Osborn, Miri Rubin, Peter Stearns, Stephanie Trigg, Charles Zika.
Nomination Process

Email your nomination by Saturday 2 October. Either click on this link or email Secretary, Anne Sophie Voyer at societyhistoryemotions@gmail.com, c.c. anne.s.voyer@gmail.com, using the subject header ‘SHE Nomination for Council Position [INSERT NAME OF POSITION]: Due 2 October 2021’, and include the following details in the text:
  1. 1.  Full name;
  2. 2.  Contact email;
  3. 3.  Institutional affiliation (if you have one);
  4. 4.  The position on the SHE Council for which you are nominating;
  5. 5.  A brief bio (no more than 300 words);
  6. 6.  Brief outline of your current research interests in the history of emotions (no more than 200 words).

Call for New Editor/s

Emotions: History, Culture, Society (EHCS) is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary biannual journal published by Brill Publishing on behalf of the Society for the History of Emotions. EHCS is dedicated to understanding the emotions as culturally and temporally-situated phenomena, and to exploring the role of emotion in shaping human experience and action by individuals, groups, societies and cultures.
The current editors are Katie Barclay, Andrew Lynch and Giovanni Tarantino. Due to the retirement of Andrew Lynch, we are now looking for one or more editors to join the editorial team, alongside Barclay and Tarantino. We are particularly interested in expressions of interest from emotions researchers who can expand the disciplinary, geographical and temporal breadth of the current editors (both historians of early modern Europe). This role involves full editorial responsibility for the two issues of the journal each year, including recruiting submissions, managing peer review and preparing articles for submission, proof-reading and similar activities. We are supported by our publishing team at Brill and a professional copyeditor. If you are interested, please send us a short expression of interest to
editemotions@gmail.com detailing your research interest/expertise and any relevant experience by 30 September 2021.
Call for Book Review Editor/s

EHCS also call for a new book review editor or editors to take over this role from Giovanni Tarantino. This role involves identifying appropriate books and their reviewers, editing copy, and managing the timely submission of reviews. This role might be especially suitable for a an ECR scholar who would like some experience of working as part of a journal editorial team; however we welcome expressions of interest from emotions scholars at any career stage. Please send a short expression of interest to
editemotions@gmail.com detailing your research interests/expertise and any relevant experience by 30 September 2021.
All roles are unremunerated.

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Awards and Appointments

Congratulations to Ann Brooks who was appointed as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the Edinburgh University (starting in 2021).

Congratulations to
Emma Hutchison (UQ) and team, who have been awarded an ARC Linkage Project funding for the project ‘Visualising Humanitarian Crises: Transforming Images and Aid Policy’ (LP200200046)! The project aims to draw on the power of images to transform practices of aid. Prevailing visualisations of humanitarian crises are powerful but problematic.

Congratulations to
Frederic Kiernan who has been awarded a Humanities Travelling Fellowship by the Australian Academy of the Humanities!

Congratulations to
Shino Konishi (ACU) and team, who have been awarded an ARC Linkage Project funding for the ‘Entangled Knowledges in the Robert Neill Collection’ (LP200200239)! The project aims to reverse the trajectories of Menang Nyungar knowledge imbedded in a historical fish collection, returning language, stories, and fishing practices to the Menang community.

Congratulations to
Dawn LaValle Norman who has been awarded ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award funding for the project ‘The Female Voice in Ancient Philosophical Dialogues’ (DE220100854)! The project aims to conceptualise and communicate how a major innovation was accepted in the ancient world, when women for the first time began to serve as intellectual role-models for both men and women
Congratulations to
Jane Lydon and team who have been awarded ARC Linkage Project funding for their project ‘Everyday Heritage’ (LP200301446)! The project aims to uncover everyday but overlooked forms of Australian heritage. Working collaboratively to bridge academic and industry practice, it seeks to develop innovative methods with outcomes expected to include enhanced collaboration between heritage, digital humanities, and historical research, and new resources for communities and the heritage sector.

Congratulations to
Robert Phiddian who was awarded a Ross Steele Fellowship by the State Library of New South Wales in 2021 to work on his project ‘A Major Study of Editorial Cartoons, 1918–50.

Congratulations to
Brid Phillips who was made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy at The University of Western Australia. 

Congratulations to
Kate Rossmanith whose project ‘Seeking 'Closure' in Unsolved Homicide Cases’ (FT210100241) has been awarded ARC Future Fellowship funding! The project aims to transform conceptual understandings of ‘closure’ by studying the experiences of bereaved families and frontline police confronting unsolved homicide. Through fieldwork and interviews, it will research how police and families struggle to manage feelings of loss, frustration, blame and failure.
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Photo of Louis CharlandIt was with great sadness that we learned of the death in May 2021 of our esteemed colleague Professor Louis Charland (CHE International Partner Investigator (2012–2017). Louis made an extraordinary contribution as a researcher, a teacher, and an academic leader of the first order.

Photo of Kimberley-Joy Knight
It was with great sadness that we learned of the death in July 2021 of our esteemed colleague Dr Kimberley-Joy Knight (CHE Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at The University of Sydney, 2015‒2017, and CHE Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia). Kimberley was a wonderful and kind presence who enriched us all with her commitment to scholarship, her deep love of history, and her warmth.

An online condolence book has been set up by CHE for people to share their memories of Kimberley:
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Recent posts on the CHE blog

Read Emma Barlow's (University of Technology Sydney) post about 'Medieval Approaches to Mental Health'.

Read Michelle Hilbrands’ (The University of Western Australia) post about ‘
Emotional Masculinity: Fear, Disgust and Sympathy in Colonial Australia’.

Read Frederic Kiernan's (The University of Melbourne) post about
'Emotion as creative practice'.

Read Bronwyn Reddan’s (Deakin University) post about ‘
Love, Power, and Gender in Seventeenth-Century French Fairy Tales’.

Read Kimberley Reynolds' (Newcastle University, UK) post about ‘
Beneath the Big Top: the dark side of circus stories’.

Read Kevin Robertson's (Curtin University) post about '
Painting Kandimalal'.

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

Image: Rachael Ren, A sculpture at The MET (2020), Unsplash. 
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Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Adams, J., ed. Events in the Life of Phillip Tapsell. Auckland: Oratia, 2021.

Barclay, K. and F. Soyer, eds. Routledge Sourcebook: Emotions in Europe, 1517–1914, 4 vols. Routledge, 2021. [Visit the Project Page for this collection on the CHE website].

Brooks, A., ed.
The Routledge Companion to Romantic Love. Routledge, 2022. [To be published November 2021]. Pre-order your copy!

Broomhall, S.
The Identities of Catherine de’ Medici. Leiden: Brill, 2021.

D’Arcens, L. and L. Waldek, eds. ‘Political Emotions and Ideological Performance’, special issue of
Emotions: History, Cultural, Society 5.1 (2021).

Flannery, M. C.
Practising Shame: Female Honour in Later Medieval England. Paperback edn. Manchester: Manchester University Press, November 2021. Pre-order your copy!

Ghose, I.
Shakespeare in Jest. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2022.

Grassi, U. Bathhouses and Riverbanks: Sodomy in a Renaissance Republic. Toronto: Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, 2021.

Kovesi, C., ed. ‘Luxury’s Fragile Frontier: The Rhinoceros and Venice’, special issue of Luxury: History, Culture, Consumption 8.1 (2021).

Monagle, C., ed. The Intellectual Dynamism in the High Middle Ages. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2021.

Neuendorf, M. Emotions and the Making of Psychiatric Reform in Britain, 1770–1820. London: Palgrave Macmillan, October 2021. Pre-order your copy!

Osborn, C. 
Tragic Novels, René Girard and the American Dream: Sacrifice in Suburbia. London: Bloomsbury, 2021.

Reddan, B. Love, Power, and Gender in Seventeenth-Century French Fairy Tales. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2020.

Spacey, B. C., and M. Cassidy-Welch, eds. ‘Landscapes of Conflict and Encounter in the Crusading World’, special issue, Journal of Medieval History 47.3 (2021).

Tarantino, G., and P. von Wyss-Giacosa, eds. Through Your Eyes: Debating Religious Alterities (16th–18th centuries). Leiden: Brill, 2021.

Tudor, S., R. Weisman, M. Proeve and K. Rossmanith, eds.
Remorse and Criminal Justice: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives. Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge, 2022. [Published November 2021]. Pre-order your copy!
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Selected Forthcoming Events

Seminar: 'Politics and Emotions'
Date: 17 September 2021
Time: 11:00am AWST / 12:30pm ACST/ 1:00pm AEST
Venue: Online via Zoom. Please email 
emotions@uwa.edu.au for connection details. 

Conference: North American Chapter on the History of Emotion (NACHE) Conference 2022
Date: 3–4 June 2022
Venue: George Mason University in Fairfax, VA
Call For Papers Deadline: The Call For Papers closes on 15 September 2021.

Conference: 'Reception and Emotion': Thirteenth Biennial ANZAMEMS Conference 
Date: 27 June–1 July 2022. NB: This is the rescheduled date for the event.
Venue: The University of Western Australia
Call for Papers Deadline: 12 November 2021 (early acceptance from 31 May 2020).
Bursaries and Prizes: Details can be found on the conference website. Closing date for applications is 12 November 2021.
Enquiries: anzamems2021@gmail.com

If you missed the Imperial Emotions and the De-Colonial Move’ colloquium held at The University of Adelaide (and online) on 22–22 July, some of the presentations have been recorded, and are available to view online for the next 3 months. Visit the event page on the CHE website for more details: 

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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