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Georges de La Tour, The Fortune Teller, c. 1630s. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Image: Georges de La Tour, The Fortune Teller, c. 1630s. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE) explores how the emotions shaped history, thought, and culture in Europe between 1100-1800.  Founded in 2011 with the largest grant ever awarded a humanities centre in Australia, CHE is the most interdisciplinary research centre in the world focusing on the history of emotions.

PLEASE NOTE: We are no longer able to accept new Postgraduate and Honours Bursary/Scholarship applications.

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Our researchers are leaders in the disciplines of history, languages, literature, performance studies, musicology, art history, philosophy, drama and psychology. Our work on how the emotions have shaped individual, community, and national identities takes place across four research 'streams': Change, Meanings, Performance and Shaping the Modern.

Our reciprocal relationships with Arts Industry Partners connect CHE scholarship to museums and libraries, as well as to opera, music and dance companies. These partnerships bring history to life, with our research informing emerging performance and curatorial practices as well as offering insight into how the long history of emotions has shaped life in Australia today.

Led by The University of Western Australia, with additional Centre Nodes at The Universities of Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland and Sydney, CHE offers a wealth of academic possibilities for honours and postgraduate students in the humanities and performing arts. The Centre also has international partners at Queen Mary, University of London, Freie Universität Berlin, and The Universities of Fribourg, Newcastle (UK), Durham, Québec, Western Ontario, and Umeå (Sweden).

Opportunities for Honours and Postgraduate students who are members of CHE include attendance at conferences and symposia and exposure to a wide range of distinguished national and international scholars in numerous humanities disciplines. Postgraduate students also have access to research funding. 

CHE postgraduate students have received funding to attend and deliver papers at conferences, and to visit libraries, archives and partner institutions around the world. We promote postgraduate work on the CHE website, offering a rare online platform for research projects and providing our graduates with the visibility that is so crucial for early career academics.

We are now extending similar opportunities to Honours students, who will be listed on the CHE website, be invited to collaboratories and to other events at their node as a member of the Centre, and can apply for a bursary to attend one collaboratory a year at a different node, on a case by case basis

Use this website to explore research, discover upcoming events, find supervisors and more. If you are investigating the possibility of an honours thesis and seeking a supervisor, please get in touch with the most relevant Chief Investigator (CI), Associate Investigator (AI), or Senior Research Fellow at your host university.