Jane Davidson

Jane Davidson oversees industry partnerships, media and marketing, education and outreach and matters relating to intellectual property for CHE. She is also leader of the Performance Program, interrogating how emotions were performed and expressed in pre-modern dramatic, literary, artistic and musical performances. Jane's own CHE-related research projects explore: i) how music was used historically and is used today for emotional regulation from personal through to collective ceremonial activities; ii) how emotional affect can be achieved through historically informed opera production practices, employing reflective practice techniques.


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My Life as a Playlist

Rhythm, Text, Gesture: Exploring emotional meaning and communication in sacred and theatrical musical performance settings working through a reflective historically-informed performance-practice approach

Voyage to the Moon

Selected Publications

Broomhall, S., J. W. Davidson and A. Lynch (general editors). A Cultural History of The Emotions Volumes 1–6. London: Bloomsbury, 2019.

Davidson, J. W. and J. Damousi, eds. A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Modern and Post-Modern Age (1920–2000+). Volume 6. London: Bloomsbury, 2019.

English, H. J., S. Monk and J. W. Davidson. ‘Music and World-Building in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia’. International Journal of Community Music 11.3 (2018): 245–64.

Davidson, J. W., ed. Resurrexit. Perth, WA: ARC Centre of Excellence for History of Emotions. ISBN: 978-1-74052-244-9.

Davidson, J. W. ‘Michael Howe Remembered’. In The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice, edited by S.B. Kaufmann, pp. 415–22. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Davidson, J. W. and R. Faulkner. ‘Music in our Lives’. In The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice, edited by S. B. Kaufmann, pp. 367–90. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780199794003

Davidson, J. W. ‘Bodily movement and facial actions in expressive musical performance by solo and duo instrumentalists: Two distinctive case studies’. Psychology of Music 40.5 (2012): 595–633.

Davidson, J. W. ‘The role of bodily movement in learning and performing music: Applications for education’. In Oxford Handbook of Music Education, edited by G. Welch and G. E. McPherson, pp. 769–84. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Davidson, J. W. ‘Demonstrating musical knowledge’. In Sound Musicianship: Understanding the Crafts of Music, edited by A. Brown, pp.150–59. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.

Sataloff, R. and J. W. Davidson. ‘The older singer’. In Oxford Handbook of Music Education, edited by G. Welch and G. E. McPherson, pp. 610–25. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Davidson, J. W. and A. Emberly, ‘Singing, dancing and embodied communication: Research perspectives’. In Music, Health and Wellbeing, edited by R. MacDonald, L. Michell and G. Kreutz, pp. 136–52. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Davidson, J. W. and J. Fedele, 'Investigating group singing activity with people with dementia and their caregivers: Problems and positive prospects'. Musicae Scientiae 15.3 (2011): 402–22.

S. Garrido, J. W. Davidson, ‘A history of music and mood regulation: Individual differences and musical prescriptions through the ages’.  Australian Journal of Music Therapy 24 (2013): 89–109.

Davidson, J. W., A. C. North, ‘Musical taste, employment, education, and global region’. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology (July 2013). FirstOnline: DOI 10.1111/sjop.12065.

Garrido, S., S. Bernard, J. W. Davidson. ‘The creative personality: Composers of music, their inspirations and working methods’.  Proceedings of ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference, June 2013, University of Technology, Sydney.