Research Programs

From 2019, the Centre has expanded its disciplinary, thematic, geographical and chronological remit. It pursues work in the history of emotions at any time and place around the world. We are currently in the process of revising and updating our Research Programs. Please stay tuned for updates.

From 2011–2018, the Centre's Research Programs focused on Australia's long-term European heritage, which remains one of its strongest cultural influences, shaping the world we live in today. It worked to produce a new, interdisciplinary and comprehensive understanding of the long history of individual and communal emotions in Europe (1100–1800) and to apply this knowledge to improve the social, cultural and emotional welfare of modern Australians. Research took place within the four Programs below.


    • Meanings (2011–2018)

      Meanings (2011–2018)

      Program Leader: Professor Bob White

      From 2011–2018, this program carried out fundamental research into understanding what emotions were thought to be, and how they were understood, expressed and enacted in Europe 1100–1800.

    • Change (2011–2018)

      Change (2011–2018)

      Program Leader: David Lemmings

      From 2011–2018, this program dealt with mass or communal emotions, in particular mass and communal events that were emotionally driven, but had lasting political and social implications and consequences.

    • Performance (2011–2018)

      Performance (2011–2018)

      Program Leader: Professor Jane Davidson

      From 2011–2018, the Performance Program investigated how emotions were thought, felt, understood, displayed, transferred and constructed through performance and the visual arts – music, opera, drama and art.

    • Shaping the Modern (2011–2018)

      Shaping the Modern (2011–2018)

      Program Leader: Professor Stephanie Trigg

      From 2011–2018, this program drew connections between the emotions history of Europe 1100–1800, and what is happening in Australia today, both in terms of European-Australian continuities and the survival of our European heritage, and in terms of the emotional investment of modern Australians in their European past.