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23 June 2015



Reading the Face

Feelings Matter

AHRC Grant

Emotions in the

CHE Bibliography

American and 
Canadian Partnerships

New Publication
The Revolt of Owain

New Publication
Prester John

New Publication
Renaissance of 

CHE Scholarships

Staff and Student 






From the Director

On 16 June, a year ago, Philippa Maddern died and CHE lost the presence of its beloved founder and inspiring leader. So this time of year is one of inescapable sadness for us. But remembering Philippa is also a source of ‘comfort’ in the early modern senses of ‘strength’, ‘happiness’ and ‘consolation’. It is hard to think of anyone who could have given us a better sense than Philippa did of the value of being alive and of sharing life with others. One of her forthcoming publications, in a volume edited by CHE Partner Investigator Piroska Nagy and Early Career Research Fellow Naama Cohen-Hanegbi, is called ‘“It is full merry in heaven”; the pleasurable connotations of “merriment” in late medieval England’. In it Philippa traces the medieval and early modern belief that merriment could ‘preserve the “vytall, and anymall, and spyrytuall powers”’, as Andrew Borde wrote in A Compendyous Regyment or A Dyetary of Helth (1542). Philippa had these human powers in abundance and was ‘merry’ in the fullest sense, even throughout her final illness. In honouring her anniversary, CHE affirms its continuing commitment to knowledge of the human, ‘comforted’ in her loss by the memory of her example and of the pleasures she shared so generously with us.
     Philippa Maddern (CHE Founding Director 2011 – 2014)
     (24 August 1952 – 16 June 2014)

Chief Investigator Stephanie Trigg put CHE on centre stage recently in her May 21 TEDx talk. The talk took place in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House before a live audience of 2300. It was streamed live to a worldwide audience on over 150 sites and is available  here.

Stephanie’s talk, ‘What does normal look like?’, discussed the London poet Thomas Hoccleve, who wrote in 1421 about the depression he was suffering as a result of isolation from society; because of a short period of manic behaviour six years before, he had lost community acceptance. Hoccleve was until quite recently an obscure and little regarded writer, still suffering disdain. His nineteenth-century editor, rather like those who tell depression sufferers to “snap out of it”, wrote: “We wish he had been a better poet and a manlier fellow”. From the later twentieth century onward, more open readings and a more tolerant understanding of psychological states that offend the ‘normal’ have helped to reclaim Hoccleve as a serious poetic talent. We listen to him now with less prejudice.

Philippa’s brilliant essay on merriment, Stephanie’s superb talk on melancholy: together they show, amongst other things, that past and present attitudes to mental and emotional health have a great deal in common and can help to illuminate each other. More generally, they show how valuable the research of CHE is in bringing the benefit of such knowledge to the academic world and the general public.

Keats, Mourning and Melancholia

John Keats, who died at the young age of 25, was an English Romantic poet whose works were attacked by reviewers when he was alive. After his death, however, he became the most beloved of all English poets.
The Keats Foundation’s 2015 bicentenary conference was recently held at Guy’s Hospital, London, and the conference title ‘John Keats: Poet-Physician, Physician-Poet’ aptly describes the young man who qualified as a medical doctor after six years of study, but then changed vocation to become a poet. The conference marked the 200th anniversary of John Keats’s enrolment to study medicine at Guy’s Hospital in 1815, after four years as an apprentice to the local doctor in Edmonton.

CHE Chief Investigator Bob White was honoured to deliver the plenary session, ‘Keats, Mourning and Melancholia’ at the conference, in which he cites, Keats’s main preoccupations as being "medicine, melancholy, poetry, and the Renaissance period”, all of which thematically unify his greatest volume of poems entitled Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St Agnes, and Other Poems (1820). 

In White’s view, the results of Keats’s medical training “lie in such works as Isabella or the Pot of Basil, which could meaningfully be described as ‘An Anatomy of Love Melancholy’ in the clinical sense of its causes and symptoms, and in Freud’s terminology a detailed analysis of loss, grief, mourning, and melancholia. The second Hyperion posits a holistic and constitutional way of healing by seeing sickness as lying in both the mind and the body, and depicting both mourning and melancholy as intrinsically connected”. 

Keats fused reflections on melancholy with gothic conventions in The Eve of St Agnes, Isabella and Ode on Melancholy. These poetic examples show his “relish of the dark sides of things”. 

Keats certainly had enough tragedy in his own life to experience true suffering and grief. In his plenary White pointed out that Keats’s life was a succession of bereavements, including the loss of a young brother when he was five, his father at eight, mother at fifteen, his grandmother (virtually a surrogate mother) at nineteen, and his brother George at twenty-three. 

White reads Keats’s 1820 collection as consciously structured around a “continuing exploration he conducted into how poetry can be a source of healing and cure for melancholy, just as efficacious as bodily ‘physic’ and medicine”.

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Reading the Face: Image, Text and Emotion

By CHE Chief Investigator Stephanie Trigg (The University of Melbourne)

This Shaping the Modern collaboratory was CHE’s second on the face, following the ‘Faces of Emotion’ event, also held at The University of Melbourne, in 2012. Speakers were invited to focus on the interpretive and creative acts involved in reading emotion on the human face, and, in particular, on the ways different media translate emotion from one genre to another. 

As in many CHE events, the historical range of the collaboratory was very wide, from the medieval through to the contemporary period. The disciplinary range of its speakers, however, was focussed on the creative arts: literature, drama, painting, music, graphic fiction, cinema, robotics and video-art. Accordingly, works of the imagination and the critical acts — and arts — of interpretation were foregrounded.  Various papers addressed the inter-relation of text and image in poetry, the layout of manuscripts, and the historical contexts of portraits or the way contemporary graphic arts combine text and image in works of fiction, memoir and non-fiction. Grace Moore described the way Charles Dickens’ theatrical background and interests helped him rehearse facial expressions in the mirror, expressions he then tried to ‘transcribe’ into his fiction. Jane Davidson analysed the different styles of performing Lizst’s famous Liebestraum, from Lizst himself through to Lang Lang.

Several presentations were more practical in orientation. Heather Gaunt described the Visual Arts in Health Education program at the Ian Potter Gallery, which uses the collection for training medical and dental students to develop an informed and critical empathy. This is not just about correctly interpreting the movement and disposition of particular muscles on the face, for example; it is also a matter of interpreting artworks that are not necessarily based on realistic representation. Elizabeth Macfarlane similarly explored the use of graphic non-fiction texts in a number of medical schools to help students read and interpret faces, as well as the gaps between medical knowledge and other forms of feeling.

The opening keynote, by Conrad Rudolph, described the use of face-recognition technology and a series of complex algorithms to identify medieval and early modern portraits. He also spoke about the media response to his collaborative project.  Our second keynote, by CHE Early Career International Visiting Researcher, Jennifer Warwzinek, took us through a series of telling encounters between human and non-human faces in the 18th-century, from works by Fanny Burney, Mary Shelley and Jonathan Swift.

A persistent theme in the lively question-and-response sessions, in the circular Macmahon Ball seminar room, was the relation between the movement of the face and the names we give emotions. Some critical pressure was also put on the dominance of the face: we concluded that the face, as a key site for emotions, has its own critical history that we cannot take for granted.

The collaboratory concluded in typical CHE fashion, with a unique juxtaposition of papers. James Simpson, a CHE Distinguished International Visitor from Harvard, worked through some extracts from Virgil and Dante to argue that our sense of recognition, when we see a familiar face, is always indeed a form of re-cognition. This paper was followed by a presentation from Indigenous artist, Bindi Cole Chocka, who spoke about her multi-channel video installation, We all need forgiveness, in which 30 faces repeat the phrase “I forgive you”: a moving example of the relation between text, face, voice and context.

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Rome symposium: ‘Feelings Matter’

By CHE Research Fellow Giovanni Tarantino (The University of Melbourne) 

In Rome on 30 March 2015, Giovanni Tarantino (CHE, Melbourne) and Giuseppe Marcocci (Tuscia University, Viterbo) convened the CHE-sponsored symposium ‘Feelings Matter: Exploring the Cultural Dynamics of Emotion in Early Modern Europe’. The event was held under the patronage of the Italian National Commission for Historical Studies.

Four leading scholars (Charles Zika, Paola von Wyss-Giacos
a, Ulinka Rublack, and Yasmin Haskell) presented their research, placing particular emphasis on the fruitfulness of, as well as the problems associated with, historical inquiry into the emotions. They discussed a varied range of sources and themes, giving participants a rich cross-section of the interpretative possibilities offered by the history of emotions. In this field of study, historians are challenged to update their methodological tool kit and to engage with less usual sources, such as the social life of things, clothes, food, the visual and performing arts, or intaglio techniques, to mention just a few of the topics considered. 

The Rome symposium aimed at engaging Italian historians in the history of emotions and promoting international collaboration. Lucio Biasiori notes in his conference report the differences in approach between Italian and English speaking historiography which, far from being an obstacle to dialogue, turned into a fruitful exchange between “the continental sensibility and concern for accuracy in the use of sources, on the one hand, and the capacity of Anglo-Saxon scholarship to freshly interrogate the available evidence, on the other”. 

Most pointedly, Charles Zika noted that some of the insights into the nature of emotions, gained to some extent through neuroscience research but certainly not exclusively so, has demonstrated that “cognition, thinking and ideas, on the one hand, and emotions, feelings and sentiments, on the other, are not diametrically opposed, as they have tended to be understood.” This makes for some important differences in the historical approach of historians of earlier periods and those working in this field over the last two decades. It means that “all understanding, decision-making, social action, etc. involves emotion as well as cognition. Emotions therefore are not considered a separate field of research, let alone the domain of culture; they are integral to all human action. Emotion is critical to the fields of politics and society, as well as culture. It is analogous to such categories of historical analysis as gender”.

Besides the dense themes dealt with in the four keynote presentations, two more were repeatedly alluded to in the opening remarks of both Tarantino and Marcocci and in the lively discussions that followed each session. The first theme concerns the interrelations of language, cultures and emotions and the pressing need to move beyond the Eurocentrism that still prevalently distinguishes and restricts the horizons of historical research into the emotions. The other theme is related to the emotional involvement of the researcher and the need to have “the bodily experience of doing history”. It is certainly true that the challenge for all historians is how to balance the disciplinary need for objectivity with an acknowledgement of our own personal, emotional reactions to the historical event we are researching. Dwelling on the theme of objectivity in history, Carlo Ginzburg looks back to Kenneth Pike, who coined the terms ‘etic’ and ‘emic’. An ‘etic’ account is comparative, couched in a language unspecific to any given culture. By contrast, an ‘emic’ account derives from a specific culture. While the questions historians pose are inevitably etic, Ginzburg states, in our answers we should strive for emic responses, deriving from the specificity of the culture or historical period at which our questions are directed. And this, we might say by way of conclusion, is even truer for the historians of emotions. For a more detailed report please visit here

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CHE Researchers win AHRC Grant

Two CHE Investigators (CI’s), Jacqueline Van Gent and Future Fellow Susan Broomhall, are members of a new international Research Network that has recently been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK. 

A team will work together over the next years to examine the gendered nature of power relationships constituted through material forms, exchanges and practices within a transnational early modern framework. 

The project, ‘Gender, Politics and Materiality in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800’, is led by Professors James Daybell (Plymouth), Svante Norrhem (Lund), Dr Nadine Akkerman (Leiden) and a host of European gallery, archival and museum partners. 

Van Gent and Broomhall have just come to the end of an ARC Discovery project which focussed on gender and power in the early modern House of Orange-Nassau. This work has produced two monographs that will be published in 2016 with Ashgate and Routledge. One focusses particularly on the making of gendered power and identities through emotions and correspondence; the other on how the House of Orange-Nassau’s gendered practice of dynastic expansion operated through material objects and spaces. 

Both Van Gent and Broomhall had been talking regularly with other members of the team at a range of different meetings over the past few years where their shared interests in letters, gender and political culture, and more recently materiality, became apparent, especially related to early modern archives and gift-giving. 

"We're interested in physical objects and material texts as well as the social and cultural practices, and spaces in which they were produced, consumed, exchanged and displayed. We want to look at different forms of elite power across the early modern period in Europe, encompassing formal and cultural power," explains Broomhall.

At another level, a key aim of the network, she points out, is also to foster a dialogue between academics from history, literature, material culture, art history, and archivists and curators to share practices in a mutually beneficial way for those studying and displaying collections and archives.

Engaging established scholars, early career and postgraduate researchers, as well as archivists, curators and industry experts from the Heritage and Public History sectors, the team will be conducting collaborative and transdisciplinary investigation of the central themes through a series of workshops and a symposium in Lund, Leiden and Perth (hosted at the CHE node at UWA) that will be hosted jointly by a university and a museum or archive.  A major conference will be held in Plymouth in 2016. 

The team plan a new website to promote the various activities of the network across Europe, as a site for an online exhibition drawing upon artefacts from a range of participating institutions, training workshops for early career scholars, as well as varied forms of publications.

Amongst other things, Broomhall will be expanding on her current Future Fellow research into Catherine de Medici by considering the gendered and emotional power created by her use of material culture. She will be sharing the first stage of her network research with colleagues and postgraduate students at Monash's Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies when she visits in August as recipient of the Centre's 2015 Visiting Senior Scholar Award.

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Symposium: ‘Emotions in the Courtroom’,
                      University of St Andrews, Scotland

By CHE Postdoctoral Researcher Kimberley-Joy Knight (The University of Sydney)

In May, a symposium on the theme of ‘Emotions in the Courtroom’ was held at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. It brought together an international field of scholars of law, literature, and history, whose research intersects with emotions and the law. 

The papers explored the ‘theatre’ of justice in which provoked, faked, and repressed emotions played an important role in legal conduct and procedure. Using Anglo-Norman court cases, John Hudson analysed tactics employed by clerics that provoked lay frustration, which manifested itself in anger. 

The symposium was a joint venture between the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions (CHE), the Centre for Mediaeval and Early Modern Law and Literature at the University of  St Andrews (CMEMLL), and the Marie Curie research network Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom (PIMIC). Funding was also received from the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). The symposium was co-convened by Kimberley-Joy Knight (CHE, The University of Sydney), John Hudson (University of St Andrews) and Jamie Page (University of Durham).

A keynote lecture delivered by Stephen D. White (Emory/Harvard) entitled ‘Trying to Keep Emotions Out of the Courtroom: Courtliness and Good Counsel in Girart de Roussillon’, challenged the view of medievalists such as Stephen Jaeger, that unruly medieval nobles could learn to control their emotions and their violent impulses only from courtly clerics, courtly romances and Christian moralists. Several papers, including those given by Hans Jacob Orning (University of Oslo) and Susanne Pohl-Zucker (Independent Researcher)  explored changes in emotional expression and regulation, demonstrating the importance of moving beyond socialist Norbert Elias’ theory on the civilizing process. 

Law courts could also play an important role in shaping emotional culture. Merridee L. Bailey (CHE, The University of Adelaide) presented late medieval and early modern cases heard in England’s Court of Chancery to investigate the emotional culture of urban London and whether law courts played a role in shaping moral, emotional and economic community norms. Ian Forrest (Oriel College, University of Oxford) examined faith and feeling in late medieval litigation involving marriage and debt. Such litigation often involved powerful gestures and this highlighted the importance of reading the body and face. In his discussion of fear and anger in high-stakes lawsuits in the Icelandic sagas, William I. Miller (University of Michigan) explained how swelling, fainting and bleeding could all be read as expressions of vengeance and can give vital clues as to inner emotional states. 

The expression and use of anger was explored in papers given by Elizabeth Papp Kamali (University of Michigan) and Susanne Pohl-Zucker who examined the use of anger as a mitigating circumstance in legal practice. Kamali excavated the understandings of anger that informed jurors’ attitudes toward felony defendants through an analysis of English legal records, religious writings, and literature. The complexity of anger in felony adjudication was made evident with examples that showed it could be aligned with both moral blameworthiness and the loss of reason. Using 16th-century trial records from the duchy of Württemberg and the imperial city of Reutlingen, Pohl-Zucker, showed how anger was used both to establish and undermine claims, and that its use as a mitigating circumstance in legal practice had to be negotiated with cultural ideals that valued emotional balance and viewed uncontrolled anger in a negative light.

The symposium demonstrated that the court space could be a locus for emotionally charged events in which anger in particular played a critical role. Discussions arising from the closing roundtable made it clear that legal records and legal historians have much to contribute to the History of Emotions. The symposium will be supplemented by a panel
 and roundtable discussion  at the Leeds International Medieval Congress this July. Speakers will include Paul Hyams (Emeritus Professor, Cornell/Oxford); John Hudson; Matthew McHaffie (Kings College London); Will Eves (University of St Andrews); Jamie Page; and Kimberley-Joy Knight. 

Selected papers from ‘Emotions in the Courtroom’ available here
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CHE Bibliography launched

Launched recently, the CHE Bibliography is a landmark resource that features a list of multi-disciplinary research items from around the globe and is available for use by anyone with an interest in the History of Emotions, Europe 1100-1800.

CHE’s Ciara Rawnsley (UWA) is coordinating and compiling this important legacy for the Centre, which had over 100 entries at the time of launch and many more on the horizon, across a variety of fields from literature, philosophy, and science to music, art, and theatre. 

The online database is a highly flexible scholarly resource which provides full publishing details of items and, where possible, abstracts and links to texts. The contents are searchable by period (from Classical Antiquity to the present), discipline, and tags, and can be organised according to the author, title or year, amongst many other options.  

To contribute relevant books, articles, or other resources to the list or for a detailed description and instructions on how to view the bibliography, please contact  ciara.rawnsley@uwa.edu.au

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Growing American and Canadian partnerships

CHE’s growing status on a global scale is evident in the increasing number of international partnerships and the number of international academics who are attracted to multi-disciplinarial collaborations with CHE across multi-disciplines. 

The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) recently signed a Partner Organisation Agreement with CHE to encourage collaborative research in the history of emotions. 

Under the agreement both parties will develop and oversee a sub-series of books on the history of emotions within ACMRS’s major series Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies. 

Further, the partners will fund reciprocal academic exchange visits between the two centres to bring different perspectives to research, historiography and methodologies.

CHE’s involvement with the Early Modern Conversions Project, a consortium of Canadian  university researchers led by McGill (Montreal), is also developing, with a wide range of activities planned for the future, including a seminar for early career scholars on the Early Modern Cross-Cultural conversions in June/July 2015 at Cambridge in the UK.

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New publication

The Revolt of Owain Glyndŵr in Medieval English Chronicles  
By CHE Honorary Researcher Alicia Marchant (The University of Tasmania) 

The Revolt of Owain Glyndŵr in Medieval England Chronicles  was driven by my desire to know more about the relationship between authorship, emotion and the historical narrative of chronicles produced in late medieval and early modern England.

Emotions are not something generally associated with chronicles; rather, chronicles are considered by medieval and modern scholars alike to be unemotional, impersonal and empirical narratives of worldly events, highly structured in a seemingly simple chronological arrangement, using third-person narration and imperfect or other past tenses that allowed the narrators to construct distance between themselves and the material that they recorded.

 In The Revolt of Owain Glyndŵr in Medieval English Chronicles, which was part of my Associate Investigator (AI) project ‘Emotions in Late Medieval English Chronicles’ (2013), I argue that despite their ostensibly unemotive tone, medieval chronicle narratives communicate an intricate range of emotions often by subtle means, such as shifts in chronological ordering and imagery, to provide meaningful and affective historical narratives. Taking the Welsh revolt of Owain Glyndŵr (d. c. 1415) as a case-study, I examined the ways in which this event was narrated within the English Chronicle tradition between 1400 and 1580. Reading in narratology provided me with the means to clarify what these curious chronicle texts were doing, especially in their establishment of a narrating voice, their surprisingly varied treatments of time, and their depiction of spaces. 

On a practical level, my AI grant allowed me to travel to England and Wales to view the chronicle manuscripts at the British Library and National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, and to meet with important scholars in the field.  However, the greatest reward for me came in working closely with a wonderful community of scholars. During my time as an AI, I benefited greatly from the guidance of Susan Broomhall and Philippa Maddern, and I am deeply saddened that Pip did not live to see this publication. My general involvement with the Centre for the History of Emotions has challenged me to ask further questions related to narrativity, authorship and emotions.  The supportive and innovative environment of CHE helped to shape my new research trajectories, in the fields of heritage and dark tourism.

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New publication

Prester John: The Legend and its Sources
compiled and translated by Keagan Brewer (The University of Sydney)

CHE PhD Candidate  Keagan Brewer has recently submitted his thesis and has been working on translating Prester John: The Legend and its Sources for two years. The book is now complete and published in the Ashgate Publishing series Crusade Texts in Translation: 27.

Keagan talks about what led him to working on Prester John: “As a person with strong friendship circles within Australia's Asian communities, I have long been fascinated by how Asians and Europeans have understood each other's cultures, and the history of contact between East and West. 

“In my Honours year in Medieval Studies at The University of Sydney, I looked for a topic that brought together the strong knowledge of my supervisor, Crusades specialist John Pryor, and my own fascination with the East and its representation in medieval texts. The legend of Prester John was the perfect fit - the story of a Christian king in the East who never really existed, and his glorious kingdom housing fountains of youth, mega-armies and rivers flowing with gemstones - which fascinated European minds from the twelfth to eighteenth centuries”. 

The legend goes that Prester John was a man of shifting identity and was associated with Chingis Khan and the Mongols, with the Christian kingdom of Ethiopia, with China, Tibet, South Africa and West Africa. 

“In investigating the topic, I found that the primary sources were in obscure places, and I also found many, particularly from the early modern period, which were not noted by previous Prester John scholars. In looking at Prester John, the origins of the legend were not my sole interest, but also how modern people understood and rationalised Prester John into their world-view, and why they did or did not believe in him (or seem to have believed or not believed in him). Because the texts were often difficult to access, and in obscure languages, there was a strong need to have them all brought together and presented accessibly in English, a task which Prester John: The Legend and its Sources, aims to do”. 

The texts in Brewer’s book span a time period from the Crusades to the Enlightenment, and are presented in their original languages and in English translation. 

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New publication

Renaissance of Emotion: Understanding Affect in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
edited by Richard Meek and Erin Sullivan (Manchester Press, 2015)

Recently released, Renaissance of Emotion: Understanding Affect in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries features contributions from three CHE researchers - a chapter by CHE’s Ciara Rawnsley and Bob White (The University of Western Australia), ‘Discrepant Emotional Awareness in Shakespeare’; and an ‘Afterword’ from CHE’s Peter Holbrook (The University of Queensland).    
This collection of essays offers a major reassessment of the meaning and significance of emotional experience in the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Recent scholarship on early modern emotion has relied on a medical-historical approach, resulting in a picture of emotional experience that stresses the dominance of the material, humoral body. The Renaissance of emotion seeks to redress this imbalance by examining the ways in which early modern texts explore emotional experience from perspectives other than humoral medicine. 

The book will be of particular interest to students and scholars of Shakespeare and Renaissance literature, the history of emotion, theatre and cultural history, and the history of ideas.

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Scholarships available at CHE
The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100-1800 (CHE) is offering valuable scholarships and travel grants to Australian Postgraduate and Honours students for approved projects.  Applications are requested by Monday 17 August 2015. 

CHE provides leadership in humanities research into how societies have experienced, expressed and understood emotions in pre-modern Europe, and how this long history continues to influence our world today. The scholarships provide opportunities for Australian students to work within an outstanding multi-disciplinary research environment with major international connections.

PhD and Masters research students seeking CHE support should meet the following criteria:
•    the research project must deal with emotions and affects relating to Europe within the period 1100-1800, or be directly related to CHE’s Shaping the Modern Program
•    research must be supervised at a minimum of 20 percent by a CHE Chief Investigator, Senior Research Fellow or current or Honorary/former CHE Associate Investigator or Honorary Research Fellow 
•    the student must have acceptance and ongoing support from their enrolling university School or Department

Honours, Postgraduate Diploma or MA by coursework students seeking CHE support should meet the following criteria:
•    the dissertation research topic must deal to some extent with emotions and affects relating to Europe within the period 1100-1800, or be directly related to the Shaping the Modern Program 

For full details on scholarships, travel grants and how to apply please go here

Further scholarship enquiries: contact  tanya.tuffrey@uwa.edu.au

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Staff and student news 


Congratulations to CHE Honorary Investigator Glen McGillivray (The University of Sydney) who was recently awarded a fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC USA. 

CHE Associate Investigator Paul Gibbard (The University of Western Australia) has been recognised for his translations as a contribution to the State Library of Western Australia’s online Freycinet Collection, which was largely curated and written by Dr Elizabeth Gralton, and won a major award in the Magna Museums and Galleries National Awards.

While overseas Katie Barclay (The University of Adelaide), with Drs Dee Michell and Clemence Due, was awarded an Interdisciplinary Research Fund Grant to run a series of events, and conduct some pilot work, on the theme of ‘Dis/located Children: Children in/and Care’. Her first workshop ran on Friday 15 May and there are more planned for later in the year. Katie was also recently awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Women’s Research Excellence Award from The University of Adelaide, and has secured a contract from Palgrave for her edited collection with Kim Reynolds and Ciara Rawnsley, Small Graves: Death, Emotion and Childhood in Early Modern Europe, that arose out of a CHE workshop.
Staff movements

CHE’s National Web Officer Lucy Burnett is out of the office on extended leave and we welcome Kieran O’Shea based at the Melbourne node to take on the National Web Officer role in Lucy’s absence.

Congratulations to Angela Hesson who has taken up the post-doctoral fellowship shared between CHE and industry partners with the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), to develop the 2017 exhibition on love and other emotions in art objects of the 15th to 18th centuries. Angela is a graduate of The University of Melbourne and has been working as a curator at the Johnston Collection in Melbourne. She will be dividing her time between the CHE node offices at The University of Melbourne University and the NGV.  

An appointment has been made to the postdoctoral Research Associate on 'Emotions in Early Modern Colonial Encounters, 1600-1800'  to run out of UWA, working with CHE Chief Investigator, Jacqueline Van Gent. Robin Macdonald of the University of York will take up this exciting role in January 2016. Robin is a specialist in sensory history and her CHE project will examine English, French, and Dutch settlers and their emotional encounters with the Indigenous peoples of eastern North America, with a special interest in the multifaceted roles of humour in colonial narratives. Congratulations Robin.

We warmly welcome Marian Riddell who will join CHE UWA node to work two days per week as a part-time Finance Officer, starting 29 June 2015.

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Recent CHE blog posts
‘Why education matters: breaking cycles of child labour in the past and in the present’, by CHE Research Fellow Merridee Bailey (University of Adelaide) and CHE Honorary Researcher (University of Adelaide) 
‘Arousing Sluggish Souls’: Hildegard of Bingen and the Oslo Virtutum, by CHE Associate Investigator Julie Hotchin (Australian National University, Canberra)
‘Recycling in the Viking Age:  Scandinavian re-use of monuments in Britain’, by CHE Honorary Researcher Shane McLeod (University of Stirling, Scotland, UK)  
Recent Articles in The Conversation
‘Game of Thrones and the fluid world of medieval gender’, by CHE Chief Investigator Juanita Feros Ruys (The University of Sydney)

‘Battered wife or ‘Strong Woman’?  The real life and death of Gracia Hosokawa’ by CHE Chief Invesitgator Yasmin Haskell and PhD Candidate Makoto H. Takao (The University of Western Australia).  

ABC Radio National Books and Arts.  ‘Why Shakespeare still matters’, interview with CHE visitor Ewan Fernie (University of Birmingham, UK) by Sarah Kanowski.

ABC Radio National Books and Arts.  ‘Dark Materials’, interview with CHE visitor Ewan Fernie (University of Birmingham, UK) by Sarah Kanowski.
Radio Adelaide ‘Orbit’.  ‘Witchcraft and the Media’, interview with CHE Research Fellow Abaigéal Warfield (The University of Adelaide) by Ewart Shaw.  

Interviews on Vimeo
Dr Ute Frevert, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development Centre for History of Emotions (Berlin, Germany) by Penelope Lee and Lucy Burnett (The University of Melbourne). 
Gutgsell Professor Emeritus Stephen Jaegar from German, Comparative Literature and Medieval Studies, The University of Illinois, USA by Penelope Lee and Jessica Scott (The University of Melbourne).  

Livestreamed lectures
Professor Conrad Rudolph (University of California, USA)
Reading the Faces Collaboratory Lecture: ‘Faces, Art and Computerised Evaluation Systems’

Senior Research Fellow Grace Moore (The University of Melbourne)
Reading the Faces Collaboratory Lecture: ‘Charles Dickens’s Facial Contortions and Blushes: The Speaking Faces of Hard Times’.

All lectures from the Reading the Faces Collaboratory were filmed and can be found here

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Selected forthcoming events 

John Singer Sargent, 'Gassed', c.1918, via Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

The Australian Association for Theatre, 
Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA)
Revisiting The Player’s Passion: the 
Science(s) of Acting in 2015

Date: 23-26 June
Venue: The University of Sydney
Contact: glen.mcgillivray@sydney.edu.au
Register here

Shaping the Modern Study Day
Emotions in the Early Modern Contact Zone
Date: Friday 26 June 2015
Time: 9am-4pm (TBC)
Venue: Videoconference Room 1.33, First Floor, Arts Building, 
               The University of Western Australia
Contact:  katrina.tap@uwa.edu.au

Early Modern Literature Forum
Early Modern Hypocrisy and the Priesthood of all Believers:
Measure to Measure

Speaker: Professor James Simpson (Harvard University)
Date: Friday 26 June 2015
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Venue: Room 202A, Learning and Innovation Building (17), 
              St Lucia campus, UQ
Enquiries: uqche@uq.edu.au

CHE Change Collaboratory 2015 - Call for Papers
Constitutional Patriotism: Founding Documents and 
the Emotions from Magna Carta to the Declaration of 
Human Rights
Date:  Thursday and Friday, 17-18 September 2015
Time: TBC
Venue: Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, 55 Frome Street, 
              Adelaide, South Australia 5000 
Registration: opens Monday 6 July 2015 
Enquiries and submissions to: jacquie.bennett@adelaide.edu.au
Submissions for papers due 10 July 2015

Into the Woods
Speakers:  Professor Stephen Knight (Melbourne)
                   Associate Professor Linda Williams(RMIT) 
Date: Wednesday 22 July 2015
Time: TBC
Venue: The University of Melbourne
Contact:  into-the-woods2015@unimelb.edu.au

CHE Meanings Collaboratory 2015Call for Papers
Play of Emotions
Date: 19-20 November 2015
Time: TBC
Venue: E-Moot Court, Faculty of Law,
              The University of Western Australia
Abstract Proposals Due: 30 July 2015 to ciara.rawnsley@uwa.edu.au
Registration essential, contact: pam.bond@uwa.edu.au by 1 November
                                                  to register and for information.
CHE Performance Collaboratory 2015
Practising Emotions: Place and the Public Sphere 
Date: 6-8 August 2015
Time:12 noon Thursday-1pm Saturday 
Venue: Wyselaskie Auditorium, Uniting Church Theology College, 
             29 College Crescent, Parkville VIC 3052 
Enquiries: j.davidson@unimelb.edu.au
Collaboratory Fee: Full $90
                                    Student/unwaged $45

Working Day Event 
Early Modern Literature, Sermons, and the Rhetoric of the Passions
Date: Friday 14 August 2015
Time: TBC
Venue: The University of Queensland (TBC)
Contact: j.clement@uq.edu.au 

Languages and Emotion Cluster Workshop
Naming Pain
Date: Thursday 20 August 2015
Time: TBC
Venue: Videoconference Room 1.33, Arts Building, 
               The University of Western Australia.
Contact: pam.bond@uwa.edu.au

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.  

CHE Methods Collaboratory 2015
Dates:  23 –24 September 2015
Venue: Sutherland Room, Holme Building, The University of Sydney
Convenors: Juanita Ruys, Andrew Lynch
RSVP: Craig Lyons at craig.lyons@sydney.edu.au
Please note this is a closed collaboratory for CHE members only

Passions for Learning in Religious Perspective: from Jerome to the Jesuits
Date: 5-6 November 2015
Time: TBC
Venue: University of Western Australia Perth, WA
Convenors: Yasmin Haskell (UWA), Dr Kirk Essary (UWA), Mordechai Feingold (CalTech), with the
collaboration of Peter  Harrison (Centre for the History of European Discourses, UQ)
Contact: Pam Bond at pam.bond@uwa.edu.au

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