University of New England CHE node

    • Diana G. Barnes | University of New England Node Leader

      Diana G. Barnes | University of New England Node Leader


      Dr Diana G. Barnes is a Lecturer in Literary Studies at the University of New England, and an Honorary Associate Investigator (AI 2012, 2015, 2017) with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE). She was previously a University of Queensland Postdoctoral Fellow affiliated with the School of Communication and Arts and the UQ node of CHE. She is a graduate of The University of Melbourne. Her interest in the emotions dates back to her doctorate which was a literary historical study of love and friendship in early modern letters. This interest has been further developed through her involvement with the CHE. She has a particular interest in the intersection between gender, emotion, history and literary genre. She has written on emotion and early modern letters, Puritan wifely ideals, and most recently passion and war in Margaret Cavendish’s Playes (1662).

    • Jason Stoessel | University of New England Deputy Node Leader

      Jason Stoessel | University of New England Deputy Node Leader


      Dr Jason Stoessel is a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of New England (UNE) and and deputy leader of the UNE node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. From 2014–2017 he was an Associate Investigator and is presently an honorary investigator with the Centre. His history of emotions research examines: the emotional community of humanists and musicians in early fifteenth-century Padua centred on the composer Johannes Ciconia (c.1370¬–1412); music and emotions in the enclosed community of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century women's Cistercian monastery, San Donato in Polverosa, Florence; and music and emotions in Jesuit writings from early seventeenth-century Rome. Jason is one of Australia's leading music historians whose research is highly regarded internationally. From 2015 to early 2018, he held with Denis Collins an Australian Research Council Discovery Project examining "Canonic Techniques and Musical Change, c.1330¬–c.1530." A subsequent ARC Discovery Project from 2018 to 2021 (also with Denis Collins) examines "The Art and Science of Canon in Early Seventeenth-Century Rome." His research appears in numerous leading international academic journals and collections of essays, and he has provided musicological and artistic advice to many performers of medieval and early modern music. He has been invited to speak on his research by some of the world's leading institutions, including City University of New York, Fondazione Ezio Franceschini (Florence), University of Basel (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis), University of Belgrade, University of Bologna (Ravenna), University of Oxford, University of Tübingen, Utrecht University, Yale University, and Australia's major universities. He blogs about his research at

    • Jane Edwards | UNE Node member

      Jane Edwards | UNE Node member


      Professor Jane Edwards, PhD has expertise and experience in music and emotion, especially focussing on self-selected sad music listening as a means to process and cope with psychological distress. Her research has been reported in papers, chapters and edited books. She has presented her research at international conferences, including presenting 20 keynote addresses in seven countries. As the first Australian to be appointed Editor-in-Chief for the international journal The Arts in Psychotherapy she works closely with researchers and authors from around the world whose study impacts and develops the field of creative arts therapy practice. She is Associate Dean for Research at the University of New England, her eighth university appointment.

    • Jennifer Hamilton | UNE Node Member

      Jennifer Hamilton | UNE Node Member


      Jennifer Mae Hamilton is an interdisciplinary feminist environmental humanities researcher, with formal training in English literary studies. Her investigations in the history of emotions began as a PhD project on the storm in Shakespeare’s King Lear. This project reconsidered the storm as materially implicated in Lear’s iconic emotional cataclysm, rather than as only a metaphor for it. This work is published as This Contentious Storm: An Ecocritical and Performance History of King Lear, freely available online through Bloomsbury Collections open access. A final section of this work exploring spectacle, death and emotion was recently published in a Shakespeare Bulletin special issue on performance and ecology (36.3). Her interest in weather and human exposure is now developing into a project on the politics of shelter in Australian literature, with preliminary work published in Green Letters (20.2) and JASAL (18.1). As an Associate Investigator with the CHE (2016–2017), Jennifer used the support to co-convene the events Feminist, Queer, Anticolonial Propositions for Hacking the Anthropocene, soon to be archived in a volume of the same name forthcoming with Open Humanities Press and co-edited with Astrida Neimanis and Sue Reid.

    • Fincina Hopgood | UNE Node Member

      Fincina Hopgood | UNE Node Member


      Dr Fincina Hopgood is Lecturer in Screen Studies in the Media and Communications Program, School of HASS. Her research has been supported by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions since 2014, when she co-convened the symposium Try Walking in My Shoes: Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness on Screen in collaboration with The Dax Centre at the University of Melbourne as part of the Centre’s Shaping the Modern program. In 2015, Fincina was appointed Associate Investigator with the Centre for the project Empathy and portrayals of mental illness in Australian visual culture. She published her research from this project in the refereed journal Adaptation (Oxford Journals, 2016) and the edited collection Australian Screen in the 2000s (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). This project led to Fincina’s current research collaboration with senior academics in mental health and social work at Melbourne and La Trobe Universities.