This program draws 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.
Pre-modern European emotions have had long-ranging effects,
particularly on European settler colonies such as Australia. The
Shaping the Modern Program explores this legacy, extending the
reach of the Centre's work beyond 1800 to include the Australian
Shaping the Modern seeks to increase understanding of the way
emotions are identified, described, represented, expressed and
understood within the Australian community. The program also
investigates emotional attachment to the past and examines how we
perceive past emotions.
The expression and understanding of emotions in Europe 1100-1800
share both continuities and discontinuities with contemporary
society. Research streams link the past with the present,
developing knowledge of how our emotional heritage has shaped our
national identity and modern culture.
Program Leader: Professor Stephanie Trigg
(University of Melbourne)