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24 April 2015

From the Deputy Director

The thrill of being both CHE’s Deputy Director and Leader of the Performance program lies in being able to engage researchers with the broader community and bring practical research outcomes to the general public in a series of events ranging from mass participation such as the website ‘My Life as a Playlist’ in partnership with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (2013-2014) through to engagement with school and college students in historically-informed opera productions (2011-2014). Some of our most exciting work at this research-practice-public engagement nexus is yet to come, with major projects planned for the next three years. 

Early 2015 got off to a thrilling start with the engagement of musical director William Christie and his ensembles Les Arts Florissants and Le Jardin des Voix as part of a public event entitled ‘The Passionate Arts in the Early Modern World’ which took place in Perth on 6 March. Christie’s championing of historically informed performances is based on close readings of musical scores and theoretical treatises. Hearing Christie explain as well as demonstrate 17th and 18th century ideas about rhetoric and passion brought vibrancy and depth to the discussion of historical emotions. Responding to the collective emotions generated in the modern day audience was also shown to feed Christie’s work as he interacted with the emergent emotions experienced in the moment of performance. 

In August 2015, postdoctoral research fellow Lisa Beaven and I will co-host the 2015 Performance Program collaboratory, providing further opportunity for exchange between scholars, practitioners and the public. The event, entitled ‘Practising Emotions: Place and the Public Sphere’, will explore how complex manifestations of emotion, and our understanding of these historically, is played out in relation to public performance and the specifics of place. The event will question how theories of place and emotion intersect in both spontaneous and rehearsed performances in sites as diverse as public squares, parks, city streets, open-air theatres, and landscapes.  Street performances such as music, dance, theatre and acrobatics festivals will be explored alongside trials, executions, religious festivals, services and processions, as well as political events such as uprisings, protest rallies and natural disasters. 

The Performance Collaboratory will offer the opportunity to interrogate how urban space is reconfigured by different events, perception of place being changed by performative practices. It will investigate what the practice of emotions in history consists of and the complex problems of interpretation it presents. In addition to traditional academic papers, opportunities to engage with live performances will offer scope for experimentation and reflection, the general public being invited to participate. 

Translating CHE’s research outcomes to engage broad interest is vital, given the powerful role of emotions in personal and collective experience, and our performance work offers a special contribution.

Jane Davidson
Deputy Director | Chief Investigator | The University of Melbourne


CHE Research Clusters
 By Associate Investigator Claire Walker

I am an AI based at the Adelaide node and, with Charles Zika (a CI at the University of Melbourne), set up the Emotions and Religion CHE Research Cluster in September 2014. We wanted to provide a forum where scholars of pre-modern belief and practice could meet, discuss and together research the ways religion shaped particular emotional behaviours and the significant role of emotion in the performance and experience of religious devotion.

Many CHE researchers are working on projects with a religious dimension and the cluster grew rapidly over the ensuing couple of months, so that it now includes twenty-three members, located principally in Australia, but also in the United Kingdom and the United States. Several have current or former affiliations with CHE, but we have also welcomed researchers of religion from the broader academic community.

To date the cluster has focused on bringing its members together at conferences. There will be three Religion and Emotion panels at the ANZAMEMS Conference in Brisbane in July. We also have other events advertised, or in the pipeline. Jennifer Clement is organizing a working day at the University of Queensland on 14 August which considers Early Modern Literature, Sermons, and the Rhetoric of the Passions.

I am currently putting together a two-day symposium, proposed for February 2016, with Julie Hotchin, an AI in Canberra which will focus on Religious Materiality and Emotion. Such events provide an opportunity for members to discuss commonalities across their research, as well as to meet other scholars working in similar areas. Most events result in publications, either in special issues of journals or edited collections of essays. Moreover, the connections forged at research meetings encourage future collaboration, both in terms of further scholarly gatherings and symposia, and the formation of collaborative research projects. 

Obviously CHE as a whole engages in the same kinds of activities with similar outcomes. One particular benefit of the research clusters is to connect scholars working on related projects at events focused on a specific research area. Beyond these formal events, members can make links with other cluster researchers who share similar interests. In our case, that includes CHE scholars whose main projects do not deal explicitly with religion and emotion, but whose wider research includes a religious dimension. Membership of a research cluster allows them to engage with the areas of common interest pursued by colleagues, perhaps leading to collaborative exploration of their similar areas of enquiry. More generally the clusters simply provide a forum where people interested in religion, or the environment, cultural encounters and empires, war, the family, space and cities, languages and love, can share their sources, methodological approaches, research problems, findings and their passion for their subject with a like-minded community of scholars.

Currently CHE has eight clusters and if you wish to propose others please contact Nicola Holman at
nicola.holman@uwa.edu.au  For more information on current CHE Clusters please visit here

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CHE Scholar Opens Opera

Andrew Mellas (The University of Sydney), an expert on Byzantine hymnography, was recently honoured when invited to open Constantine Koukias’ internationally acclaimed chamber opera Kimisis - Falling Asleep during its Sydney premiere in March as part of Art Month and the Greek Festival. 

As the opera contains elements of Byzantine chant and ritual, our CHE PhD candidate was pursued by producers to deliver short introductory talks at The University of Sydney’s Verge Gallery. Andrew’s talk elaborated on affective stylistics that flourished in Byzantium and were used by Koukias to enhance her avant garde, haunting theatrical depiction of death and ascension into the afterlife. He told the audience that, “Sacred music in Byzantium was experienced during the liturgy….and for the faithful of Eastern Christendom, this performance was the final mystery….beyond this mystery there was nothing….and within this mystery the entire narrative of creation, fall, incarnation, crucifixion and resurrection was experienced.  

“Byzantine music was not heard apart from this sacred drama, which began with the candles that were lit at twilight and ended with the sunlight of the morning…..the glitter of the mosaics, the sweet-smelling fragrance of incense, the flickering of candlelight, every gesture, every kiss, became part of a mystical dance that enacted the divine”.

During the performance Koukias used multiple art forms, including the dramatic voice of soprano Irene Sarrinikolaou, and mixed other voices, dance and sound with installation art and digital technology to immerse the audience in the ritual itself. Andrew’s research project analyses the emotions surrounding ‘compunction’ (a stinging of the heart) in Byzantine liturgical poetry by writers such as Romanos the Melodist, Andrew of Crete and Kassia the Hymnographer. He argues that the passion of compunction – its emergence, development and ritualization – signified an important event in Eastern Christendom, shaping the Byzantine project of Christianity and becoming an integral aspect of its affective mysticism, which was exemplified in its hymnography. Byzantine Christians conceived of compunction as an emotion intertwined with the experience of paradisal nostalgia and an outpouring of tears.

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Reading Adventures 
By Senior Research Fellow Grace Moore (The University of Melbourne)

Working with the Baillieu Library at The University of Melbourne, I will be curating a new exhibition, 'Reading Adventures', that will open to the public on 16 July 2015 in the Noel Shaw Gallery.  

'Reading Adventures' will map the development of the adventure story, celebrating both the rise in adventure plots and the aesthetics of the books themselves. 

While each of the University’s three children’s collections has strong holdings when it comes to tales of adventure, the Morgan Collection in particular is underpinned by a great love for the genre.  Donated in 1954 by a respected English librarian, Frederick Morgan and his daughter Penelope (also a librarian), the collection preserved over one thousand rare children’s books (today the collection stands at more than 4,000) at a time when such volumes were not considered worthy of serious attention.  

Morgan wrote with great animation and affection of stories by Ballantyne, Kingston and Marryat in a memoir of his boyhood, remarking, “What a great period the 19th century was for the publication of exciting books… Has anything approaching it happened since?” 

Certainly, Morgan was right to identify the 19th century as the adventure story’s heyday, with tales of pioneers, outdoor escapades, exploration, and sea-faring gaining popularity at this time.  His comments also superbly capture the imaginative appeal that adventure stories of the past continue to hold in the present day.

The growth of the British empire broadened the horizons for adventure writers in terms of their settings, while at the same time offering new markets for readers in settler colonies where cultural ties to the ‘mother country’ remained important.  

The exhibition will examine the adventure narrative’s appeal to the child and also its nostalgic charm for the adult reader.  It will distinguish between the tales of colonial derring-do in which the exploits of real-life figures like General Gordon were transposed into fiction, and stories featuring vulnerable child protagonists.  Drawing on works like Ethel C. Pedley’s Dot and the Kangaroo (1899) it will consider how the adventure genre empowers the child.  It will also pay attention to conventions like the orphan story (in which young people unencumbered by familial ties venture forth to seek their fortunes) and the ‘lost in the wilderness’ formula, which harks back to Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and depicts the child thrown upon her or his own resources.

Combining old favourites like Ballantyne and Henty with comparatively neglected works like T.T. Jeans’s On Foreign Service (1911) and Ellen Bosworth’s Shelley and the Bushfire Mystery (1972), 'Reading Adventures' will showcase the versatility of the adventure story genre, whilst revealing its transformation in the 20th century.  The exhibition will consider how these stories promoted appropriate forms of behaviour.  Yet it will also explore the glee with which such stories licensed transgression, through thrilling tales like pirate adventures. The display will range from airborne adventures to exploits in the snow, while taking in tales of travel, exploration and chivalry. 

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Rich RSA Conference
By CHE Honorary Researcher Charlotte-Rose Millar (The University of Melbourne)

This year’s Renaissance Society of America (RSA) conference was held at the Humboldt University of Berlin with over three thousand delegates. The program weighed just under a kilo and was also downloadable online and available as an app. 

For someone used to conferences of about four parallel sessions, the 70 or so that RSA provided verged on the overwhelming. 

It is impossible to sum up a conference the size of RSA. For me, three or four sessions really stood out. The first day saw a series of panels on street singers with papers by our very own
Una McIlvenna (now at Queen Mary University of London) and Angela McShane. As usual, Una brought the ballads to life by singing them as they would have been sung 400 years ago.  

Another session highlighted the role of men in pregnancy and miscarriage. Jennifer Claire Evans described how parents named their children while still in the womb as well as examining the overlooked role of men in miscarriage, by highlighting letters written by fretful fathers to their friends sharing their concerns that their wives would miscarry. This panel also highlighted the interplay between the infant’s body and health, and the new mother’s. 

Finally, a panel made up of scholars from Monash provided an interesting insight into analysing emotions in letter writing.
Jessica O’Leary explored how Ferrante (1458-94) developed an ‘emotional vocabulary’ to draw on his power as either ruler or father to pressure or persuade his daughters to do his bidding. When using his paternal voice, Ferrante attempted to invoke loyalty, whereas his royal voice was designed to invoke family feeling. The panel explored how letters could still express emotions even when being written by a third party (a clerk) and how letters are extremely useful documents for the study of early modern emotion. This panel was one of a number which focused on emotion, emphasising the growing trend for scholars to look at their sources with new eyes by using emotions methodologies. 

RSA Berlin was an extremely rich conference, one that spanned hundreds of years and dozens of countries. I only wish I could have seen more.

Charlotte highlighted in her CHE blog that
delegates raised concerns to the RSA executive about the lack of female presenters at this year’s conference. The RSA responded with a statement acknowledging that this year’s speakers did not reflect the true nature of the field and that the RSA was committed to reflecting gender parity. For more on their response please see the full blog 'Gender Inequality at the RSA?here

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In Memory of Philippa Maddern: Special Edition of Limina

A special edition of Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies: A Festschrift in Memory of Philippa Maddern was launched on 20 March 2015, at The University of Western Australia, to honour the late Professor Philippa Maddern’s commitment to diverse research at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions 1100-1800 (CHE).

As the founding Director of the Centre, Philippa inspired every author in this edition to develop new scholarship in areas of historical enquiry and editors Deborah Seiler and Patricia Alessi were thrilled by the quality of the papers selected and peer-reviewed for this special issue of Limina. Patricia described Philippa as “always quizzical, ready to engage with new ideas and invigorated by academic discussion. She buzzed with excitement and was eager to see what we could accomplish.” 

“We are certain that Philippa would have been moved to know that she played such a significant role in stimulating so many areas of emotions research”,  Patricia and Deborah said.  

“Each author has been positively influenced by her, both on a scholarly and personal level as can be seen from the In Memoriam tributes at the end of each essay.

“We wish to thank the contributors for submitting such wonderful work and for their patience in the last frantic stages of the editorial process. Additionally, the Limina Collective for allowing us to put this Special Edition together under its auspices, the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group and CHE for their support of the official launch." 

The selection of papers in this Limina Special Edition ranges widely across eras, disciplines and research interests. Andrew Broertjes explores the role of the popular voice in the conflict between the Yorkists and Lancastrians in the mid-15th century; Clare Davidson examines Richard Rolle’s popular 14th-century devotional manual, The Form of Living; the emotional content of the libretto of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Kreuzstab Cantata is analysed by Georg Corall; James Smith explores the imagery of hunger and thirst in medieval spiritual allegory; Kelly Midgley investigates the 14th-century Macclesfield Psalter’s illustrations of apes and argues that they represent the vices of greed and lust;  Deborah Seiler’s work focuses on trust as a useful category of medieval historical and literary analysis; the emotions of children in underage marriages in 16th-century England form the basis of  Loretta Dolan’s paper; Hugh Chevis analyses the wool trade in 17th-century England during the English Civil War; and lastly, Shane McLeod examines the political interests of the Scandinavian Kings of York.
Please view articles here and obtain a print copy by registering with patricia.alessi@research.uwa.edu.au before 30 April 2015.

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New Publication: Spaces for Feeling: Emotions and Sociabilities in Britain, 1650-1850, edited by Susan Broomhall

Susan Broomhall, editor of Spaces for Feeling: Emotions and Sociabilities in Britain, 1650-1850 (Routledge, 2015), explains that this book has a special significance for all members of the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions (CHE). This collection of essays was the product of the authors’ desire to honour CHE Founding Director, Philippa Maddern, who died in June 2014, for her scholarship and leadership.

“We lost Pip too soon after a courageous struggle with cancer. This work is one of a number of projects dedicated to her memory. It is hard to articulate our loss – we feel it in the emptiness of the corridors without her characteristic voice and laughter. However, she is still with us in so many ways. Her legacy is in the students she trained, the colleagues she mentored, the collaborations she fostered and, significantly at CHE, in the questions we continue to pose within the field.”

The essays in Spaces for Feeling study the function of emotions in group formation in the years 1650-1850, a period that has attracted widespread scholarly interest in the creation of varieties of sociability. From clubs and societies to families and households, the authors examine how emotional practices could sustain particular associations, create new social communities and disrupt the capacity of a specific cohort to operate successfully.

“It considers some of Pip’s research interests in emotions, spaces and communities as applied to the later early modern period. We wanted to emphasise the way in which these communities – formed by a shared identity or goal, practised through a specific set of emotional expressions, acts or performances, and exercised in a particular space or site that could be physical or conceptual – created ‘spaces for feeling’.

“Sociability is a term that has been widely explored in the long 18th century, in conjunction with scholarly interest in associational culture and activities such as clubs and salons and emerging ideas about the significance of conversation, manners and sensibility in forming character", Susan said.

The authors, all of whom are associated with CHE as Chief Investigators, Research Fellows, Associate Investigators and International Partners, employ historical, literary, and visual history approaches to analyse a series of literary and art works, emerging forms of print media such as pamphlet propaganda, newspapers, and periodicals, and familial and personal sources such as letters, in order to tease out how particular communities were shaped and made coherent through distinct emotional practices in specific spaces of feeling. 

“Our collection covers emotional practices surrounding infanticide, art and architectural programs, political satire, religious worship, the nation, neighbourly and familial networks, changing ideas about weeping sensibility and facial expressions, and display of one’s associations through emotions attached to material culture, art and literature.”

Susan, who now holds a Future Fellowship attached to the Centre, was closely involved in the development of CHE as a leader in the founding executive. She reflects on a day back in 2007 that she shared lunch with Philippa, when they concluded, while discussing their collaborative project on fragmented families, that there was much more to say and explore about medieval and early modern emotions.

“We were thrilled when, in mid-2010, after rounds of applications, presentations and interviews, our humanities team of Chief Investigators was announced successful in a bid to create our Centre through funding by the Australian Research Council.

“As we threw ourselves heart and soul into establishing the vast national Centre, Pip was just the leader we needed. The Centre’s ambitious and complex interdisciplinary work, drawing people together to achieve scholarship in a new way, was sustained by her own endless intellectual curiosity and limitless enthusiasm, expressed in her characteristic phrase, ‘I don’t see why not’.   

“This collection has brought scholars of art, literature, material culture, politics, religion and family history into dialogue with each other to form the sort of interdisciplinary collaboration that Pip sought to nurture. 
“Pip loved to help people, providing spaces of comfort and support to those who needed it, endless enthusiasm and positive thinking when spirits flagged, and always a useful insight from her huge expanse of knowledge. 

“Pip’s own sociabilities were deeply emotional and personal and she practised intellectual rigour through generosity and kindness.”

Spaces for Feeling: Emotions and Sociabilities in Britain,1650-1850 includes contributions from Joanne McEwan, Giovanni Tarantino, Aleksondra Hultquist, Katie Barclay, Katrina O’Loughlin, Thomas Dixon, Richard Read, Stephanie Trigg and Susan Broomhall. It is fascinating reading for students and scholars of the history of emotions and can be ordered here 

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Performing with Passion

The passions of Western Australians were stirred when William Christie, the internationally acclaimed musical director who specialises in Baroque interpretation, offered a dazzling display of skill and insight in a lecture-recital entitled ‘The Rhetoric of Passion: Eloquence in the Golden Age of Italian Music’.
Working with artists from his renowned ensembles Les Arts Florissants and Le Jardin des Voix, Christie explored the affective meaning of vocal music composed by the masters of the Baroque style during the 17th- and 18th-centuries. Using historical instruments and working with detailed knowledge of historical performance practices, Christie’s instrumentalists and singers interpreted arias by composers such as Cimarosa and Vivaldi, alongside works by Handel. Through these means, Christie was able to reveal how emotions such as love, enchantment, rage and jealousy, amongst others, were represented in context.

Bringing Christie into the Centre for the History of Emotions was a collaborative enterprise. His lecture-recital was sponsored by CHE, and integrated into The University of Western Australia School of Music's concert series, while the Perth International Arts Festival sponsored the overarching visit to Perth. 

During the presentation, Christie’s skills as a musicologist, teacher, and conductor were highlighted. Regarded as one of the world’s greatest modern day interpreters of Baroque music, Christie revealed that drawing on the art of rhetoric (or the art of persuasion, which has a history dating from the 4th century BC) is vital to the process of re-creating 17th- and 18th-century music.

“Rhetoric is a phenomenon that touches everything whether you are an orator, a singer, actor or instrumental orator and by reviving this art no longer in use, we can aim to become eloquent again…

“As an ensemble we aim to get close to a composer’s original intentions and that includes starting with what is in the score... After that, it has to do with making the sounds on instruments that the composer would have known, then making sense of the music according to its rhetorical meaning", Christie said.

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Call for Papers: Edited Volume on the Concept of Empathy 

Following the successfulEthics of Empathy symposium last October, Juanita Ruys, Director of CHE Sydney node, is looking to bring together an edited volume of essays on the concept of empathy. 

Given the popularity of this theme at present, she has decided to focus the volume strictly around the idea of the contingent history of empathy, or the periods and historical contexts in which empathy was viewed negatively. 

If you would like further information, a copy of the volume’s rationale, or to submit an abstract for a paper to be considered for inclusion in the volume, please contact Juanita at

Abstracts should be between 200 and 350 words and received by 31 May 2015. Please include a short (2-3 line) bio with the abstract.  

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Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminar – Sydney
By Education Outreach Officer Gabe Watts

Postgraduate research students are invited to attend a Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminar (PATS) at The University of Sydney on Friday 25 September 2015. 

Hosted by CHE Sydney node, the PATS will follow the 2015 Methods Collaboratory (23-24 September at The University of Sydney). The theme of the PATS is 'From Passions to Emotions' and will benefit students looking to gain a deeper understanding of the conceptual developments and transformations that underpin the emergence of ‘emotions’ as a class of psychological phenomena.

The PATS will consist of four short workshops. Each workshop will focus on a major figure in the history of philosophy 1200–1800 (Aquinas, Montaigne, Descartes, Hume). The workshops will be facilitated by leading international and Australian historians of philosophy, including both keynote speakers at the 2015 Methods Collaboratory: Robert Miner (Baylor) and John Sutton (Macquarie), as well as Margaret Watkins (St. Vincent) and Anik Waldow (Sydney). The philosophical focus of  the PATS is designed to allow students from all disciplines to situate their own research within a broad conceptual history of emotions.

Attendance at the PATS is free and open to all postgraduate students, as well as CHE Honours and prospective CHE Honours students. CHE postgraduates attending the 2015 Methods Collaboratory are strongly encouraged to apply and will be given preference, however places are limited and applications are still essential. Please note also that a number of small bursaries are available to assist students from outside the Sydney Metropolitan area to attend the PATS. 

To register your interest, please contact Sydney node Education and Outreach Officer, Gabriel Watts at gabriel.watts@sydney.edu.au. More information and reading lists will be available via the CHE website as details are finalised. Before then please direct all enquiries to Gabriel at the email address provided.

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The Passionate Arts in the Early Modern World’ Study Day

As a part of the Education and Outreach program, CHE and The UWA School of Music collaborated to design a special study day specifically for the general public at The University of Western Australia (UWA).
Last year, participation in Education and Outreach events reached record levels and this trend looks set to continue after a wide community audience participated in a range of inspirational talks and activities on 6 March 2015.
The auditorium was filled with lively and enthusiastic discussion as the audience engaged with researchers on the arts, music, rhetoric, architecture and politics of the early modern world. CHE Deputy Director, Jane Davidson said the Education and Outreach program was crucial to creating mutually-developed projects that continued to engage and benefit the wider community.
“This collaboration provided an opportunity for CHE to share expertise and create a program that integrated well into the UWA School of Music’s program. Many of our research areas are multi-disciplinary and this opens up many more opportunities for collaborations of this nature in the future.”
At the study day, renowned researchers from across Australia expanded the audience’s view of the early modern world:  David Irving (Australian National University) explored the role of performance in court politics for King Louis XIV of France; Alan Maddox (The University of Sydney), supported by Daniela Kaleva (The University of South Australia) shared the art of rhetorical gesture, with some stimulating audience participation; Susan Broomhall (The University of Western Australia) introduced the politics of art patronage as practised by the House of Medici.
Feedback from participants highlighted the value of historical context in the appreciation of the arts and demonstrated their passion for gaining more insights into the subject of history and emotions.  The following participant quote summarises the responses to the day, “….excellent speakers, content and interaction with audience. Congratulations.”
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Staff and Student News 

We formally welcome Kimberley Reynolds, Professor of Children’s Literature at Newcastle University (UK), who has accepted an offer to become a Senior Honorary Research Fellow with the Centre through UWA.  Kim organised the CHE symposium ‘Children's Literature, Childhood Death and the Emotions 1500-1800’ at UWA in December 2013, and has subsequently co-edited a book Small Graves: Death, Emotion and Childhood  (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2016) with CHE postdoctoral staff Katie Barclay (Adelaide) and Ciara Rawnsley (UWA), including essays by CHE members.

Former postdoctoral research fellow Una McIlvenna went from her Sydney CHE position to a one-year post at Queen Mary, University of  London and more recently she has been appointed to a permanent role as a Lecturer in Early Modern Literature at the University of Kent – congratulations, Una.

Amy Milka will begin a three year Research Fellowship at The University of Adelaide on 4 May 2015.  Her research will focus on the emotional history of law, government and society in Britain, 1700-1830.

Congratulations to Dr Charlotte-Rose Millar, who was awarded her PhD at The University of Melbourne on 22 March 2015.

Two Sydney CHE postgraduate students have recently submitted their PhD theses – congratulations to Keagan Brewer – ‘Wonder and Skepticism in the Middle Ages’ and Tahlia Birnbaum – ‘Shame in Anglo-Saxon England’. 

CHE welcomes three new PhD candidates who have been awarded CHE PhD Top-Up Scholarships. Jade Riddle (The University of Adelaide) is researching her project ‘Spatializing Nietzsche’s Ressentiment in the Long Eighteenth Century’; Angelique Stastny (The University of Melbourne) is researching ‘Indigenous Re-empowerment through Community- and Clan-based Education in Australia and New Caledonia’; and Jennifer Wright (The University of Western Australia) is researching her project ‘“Out of Place”: Solitude and Social Isolation in Travel Writings (1639-1791)’.

Melissa Lane (The University of Melbourne) is undertaking Honours studies on ‘Living Death: Love, Grief and Mourning in Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Christina Rossetti’ and Elizabeth Younan (The University of Sydney) on ‘Development of the operatic form and subsequent compositional techniques explored in the setting of Peri’s and Caccini’s Eurydice, and Monteverdi’s Orfeo’.   Both were successful in obtaining CHE Honours Scholarships for their work.

At The University of Western Australia Jennifer Wright has also been awarded a CHE PhD Top-Up Scholarship for her research project, ‘‘Out of Place’: Solitude and Social Isolation in Travel Writings (1639-1791)’.  

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Selected Forthcoming Events 

   Antoine Watteau, 'The French Connection', c.1720 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Continuing Professional Development Workshop
Romeo and Juliet & Shakespeare and Creativity, with Ewan Fernie (Birmingham, UK)
Date: Monday 27 April 2015
Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm
Venue: Room 471, Global Change Institute (Bldg 20), UQ St Lucia campus
RSVP: uqche@uq.edu.au, or (07) 3365-4913 by Friday 20 April
Free, all welcome, however numbers are limited so please RSVP by the date indicated.

Symposium at the University of St Andrews, Scotland 
Emotions in the Courtroom
Date: Sunday and Monday 3-4 May 2015
Time: See schedule
Venue: Department of Mediaeval History, St John’s House, 71 South St, St Andrews 
RSVP: Pre-booking is required before 25 April 2015 - kimberley.knight@sydney.edu.au

Working Day Event - Call for Proposals
Early Modern Literature, Sermons, and the Rhetoric of the Passions
Date: Friday 14 August 2015
Venue: The University of Queensland - to be confirmed
Proposals Due: 4 May 2015
Full Papers Due:
14 July 2015
Submissions and Enquiries:j.clement@uq.edu.au

CHE Performance Collaboratory 2015 - Call for Proposals
Practising Emotions: Place and the Public Sphere
Date: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 6-8 August 2015
Venue: Wyselaskie Auditorium, Uniting Church Theology College,
               29 College Crescent, Parkville VIC 3052
Convenors: Jane Davidson and Lisa Beaven – The University of Melbourne
Proposals to be submitted: Friday 15 May 2015
Submissions and Enquiries: j.davidson@unimelb.edu.au  

Early Modern Literature Forum with Jennifer Wawrzinek (Freie Universität, Berlin)
Wounding the Tissue of the Text in Keats’s ‘Fall of Hyperion’
Date: Friday 29 May 2015
Time: 4.00pm-6.00pm
Venue: Room 202A, Learning and Innovation Building (17), UQ St Lucia Campus 
Convenors: Kenneth Chong and Brandon Chua
Contact: uqche@uq.edu.au

CHE Shaping the Modern Collaboratory 2015
Reading the Face: Image, Text and Emotion
Date: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 2-4 June 2015
Venue: Macmahon Ball Theatre Old Arts, The University of Melbourne
Convenor: Stephanie Trigg 
Registration: Click here to register

Into the Woods
Date: Monday 22 July 2015
Venue: The University of Melbourne
Confirmed Presenters: Prof Stephen Knight (Melbourne); Assoc. Prof. Linda Williams (RMIT)
Registration: Click here to register 

CHE Meanings Collaboratory 2015 – Call for Papers
Play of Emotions
Date: 19-20 November 2015
Venue: The University of Western Australia  
Proposals Due: 30 July 2015 to ciara.rawnsley@uwa.edu.au

For further information please contact:

CHE and Max Planck Institute panels at the XXII Congress in Jinan, China
CISH/ICHS Historicizing Emotions Theme Day

Date: 23-29 August 2015
Venue: Shandong Hotel, Jinan, China.
Registration: Click here to register.  

Further information: See congress website 

CHE Change Collaboratory 2015
Date: Thursday and Friday, 17-18 September 2015
Venue: TBA, The University of Adelaide
Convenors: David Lemmings, Wilfrid Prest
Further details to come 

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