About the Centre

Emotions shape individual, community and national identities.  The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions uses historical knowledge from Europe, 1100 - 1800, to understand the long history of emotional behaviours. The Centre was established in 2011 under the ARC Centres of Excellence program.

What we do

audiance emotionsWe investigate how European societies thought, felt and functioned from 1100 - 1800, comparing them to today.

Who we are

hobart colabWe are Australian and international experts in the study of pre-modern emotions, working in a variety of Humanities disciplines.

Where we are

Where we are imgOur research and collaborations are global, but our work is based at The Universities of Adelaide,  Melbourne,  Queensland,  Sydney, and Western Australia.  Explore local programs and research at a University near you.

Welcome from our Director

"I feel extremely privileged to be part of such a team of researchers worldwide, working on the intriguing and vital topic of our long emotions heritage, in ways which may transform the scale and nature of Humanities research in Australia. With each new research and outreach activity  I discover new insights into the history and culture of human emotions, and encounter new questions about how understandings and experiences of emotions change over time;  how communal emotions and expectations shaped and continue to shape our individual and social lives, and even our conception of what it is to be human. This website is your opportunity to meet our researchers, learn about their fascinating research and our outreach activities, and maybe find ways to be involved yourself. I wish you many happy hours with it".

Winthrop Professor Philippa Maddern

Centre Director


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