Director's Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100–1800 (CHE). Our mission is to provide leadership in worldwide humanities research into how societies have understood, experienced, expressed and performed emotions in pre-modern Europe, and how this long history  impacts on contemporary Australia. We pursue these core questions within four main research programs: Meanings, Change, Performance and Shaping the Modern.

Since 2011, CHE has become a leading contributor to a fast-growing international research field. We create and foster links between a team of pre-eminent Australian humanities researchers, a network of international experts and institutions, and a broad set of industry partners, including performing arts institutions, art galleries and media organisations. We have developed innovative ways to relate and connect different research methods, as well as to maximise fruitful synergies between different disciplines. We provide a stimulating environment and specialist training for postgraduates and early career researchers as part of our mission to foster the next generation of humanities researchers in Australia. 

CHE also presents highly popular education and public outreach activities. Through them we recover the history of emotions from Europe 1100-1800, and share it with the wider Australian public, including high school students and teachers, to enrich our personal lives and revitalise our culture. We also undertake research on audience emotions through musical, operatic and theatrical events that utilise our understandings of historically-informed performance practices from the past.

CHE’s Directorate and national administration is at The University of Western Australia, with nodes at the Universities of Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland and Sydney. Our membership includes 10 Chief Investigators, over 20 Postdoctoral Fellows, 24 PhD students and more than 40 Associate Investigators at universities around Australia. We have eight international Partner Investigators from major institutions in the UK, Europe and Canada: Queen Mary University of London, the University of Southampton and Durham University (UK); Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) and Umeå University (Sweden), Université du Québec à Montréal and Western University (Canada), We also have formal links with the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (USA) and the University of York (UK). CHE attracts many international academic visitors to Australia each year, from postgraduates to professors, and collaborates on major international events in Germany, Italy, the UK, China, the USA and Canada.

To maintain excellence in research into the future, CHE has recently founded the Society for the History of Emotions, an international organisation that will be home to a new refereed journal, Emotions: History Culture Society (EHCS), commencing in 2017. To join the Society and subscribe to EHCS please visit the Society section of the site.

CHE contains very much more than can be expressed in a few words. I warmly invite you to explore this site and learn more about what we do. Connect with our Centre, subscribe to our E-newsletter, engage with us on social media, and take part in the many public events we hold throughout Australia. You will be most welcome. We look forward to meeting you.

Professor Andrew Lynch, The University of Western Australia
Director, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100-1800.



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