16 December 2022

From the Director and Deputy Director

Launch of the new Australian Chapter of the Society for the History of Emotions (ACHE).

The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions officially comes to an end at the end of the year. While the transition from a fully-funded Centre to an impecunious one, with a global pandemic thrown in the mix, had its ups and downs, the past four years have seen a significant expansion of CHE’s research focus as well as an increase in our wealth of scholarly connections around the world. One benefit of the continuation of the Centre after its ARC-funded phase was that we were able to track the continuation of research outputs by people associated with CHE. To get an idea of what CHE researchers accomplished (and to signal the continuation of CHE’s impact), we might look at the final report for the single year of 2021, which reveals that CHE-associated researchers published: 13 monographs, 18 edited collections, 7 journal special issues, 57 journal articles, and 82 book chapters. If we extrapolate these numbers across the four years after ARC funding (not a precise measurement, but to get a rough idea), scholars associated with CHE probably published something approximating: 50 monographs, 80 edited collections, 30 journal special issues, over 200 journal articles, and over 300 book chapters. 

These are extraordinary numbers and, again, they represent what happened after the funded life of the Centre. The Centre during its funded phase had already produced an extraordinary volume of research—to say nothing of related grants, of public-facing events and of pedagogical developments. Charting the research published by CHE researchers after the funded phase reveals just how much momentum was built up during the seven years of CHE’s proper ARC tenure, and how important the Centre was for consolidating the history of emotions as an inextricable mode of humanities research. And while CHE is formally coming to an end, much more is yet to come.

Very excitingly, we have been working on the transition to being the Australian Chapter of the Society for the History of Emotions (ACHE). With the formation of ACHE, both the brand and the node structure of the CHE will cease and we shall move to a national society format, where one committee facilitates research and outreach. Our goal will be to promote research on the History of Emotions in Australia and we shall work each year to facilitate seminars and events targeting an Australian audience, while also feeding into international events. We already have an international visitor, Hannah Yoken, and some speakers lined up for 2023. We currently have a draft constitution and are working on transitioning the website and resources to the new format. Early next year, we shall put out a call for a committee and organise our plans for 2023 and beyond. A key early event will be hosting the SHE biennial conference at Adelaide in November 2022–23. We welcome ideas for events, speakers and other activities, and as our goal is to facilitate research, please do approach us if we can help facilitate research and related activities in this area. We’d like to thank everyone reading this for their continued collaboration, and we look forward to more in the future.

To contact the Australian Chapter for the Society for the History of Emotions (ACHE) in 2023 please email: ThinkEmotions@Gmail.com. A new website is under construction, and details will be circulated in the new year.

Kirk Essary, CHE Director
Katie Barclay, CHE Deputy Director

Call for Proposals for Thematic Issues of Emotions: History, Culture, Society (EHCS) for its 2025 Volume

Emotions: History, Culture, Society (EHCS) calls for proposals for thematic issues for its 2025 volume. Issues can be on any topic that falls within the journal’s remit to enhance our understanding of emotions as temporally and geographically situated phenomena. Issues should be theoretically informed and bring a range of methodological perspectives to the topic. ‘Methodology’ here is construed broadly to incorporate different disciplinary, theoretical and methodological approaches. Reflecting our commitment to providing a home for a diverse range of scholarship, in 2025 we especially welcome contributions from disciplines and geographies that have been less well-represented in our pages, as well as those from disciplines of traditional strength. The former might include disciplines such as archaeology, music or economics, and contexts such as Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

Issues are a maximum of 64,000 words. They will typically consist of around eight articles, including a scholarly introduction. Essays should be original and not published elsewhere. 

The guest editor/s will be responsible for providing copy ready for peer review before September 2023. All copy should conform to the EHCS Style Guide. The journal editors will be responsible for arranging reviews; any final decision over publication will lie with them. 
•    Title
•    Description of the theme and its contribution to the field of emotions scholarship (500–1000 words)
•    300-word biography for each editor, indicating their expertise on the topic
•    List of confirmed contributors (including short biographies), article titles and 300-word abstracts

Proposals are due by 1 March 2023 and should be emailed to editemotions@gmail.com.
•    Suitability for the journal
•    Originality of the contribution to the field
•    Significance of the theme/ ability to advance scholarship in exciting ways
•    Range of perspectives brought to the theme by the individual contributions
•    Range and quality of authors

EHCS editors will notify applicants of their decision by 1 April 2023. The guest editor/s will commission and preselect essays before submitting them with an introduction to EHCS before May 2024.

EHCS will arrange for independent and anonymous peer review in accordance with our established practice.

After peer review, EHCS will communicate the feedback to the guest editor/s. Where necessary, the guest editor/s will work with the authors to bring the submissions to required quality. Occasionally, an article will be determined as not suitable for publication after review or following revision. The final decision to publish is reserved by the EHCS editors.

All correspondence and queries should be addressed to Editors Katie Barclay, Kathryn de Luna and Giovanni Tarantino at editemotions@gmail.com.

Awards and Appointments

Prof Susan Broomhall (ACU) and team have been awarded a DAAD: German Academic Exchange Service grant to work with Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies and the University of Bonn on the project ‘Child slaveries in the early modern world: Gender, trauma & trafficking in transcultural perspective (1500–1800)’.
Prof Jane Lydon (UWA) received a high commendation in the category “Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Award”, in the recent round of Vice Chancellor’s Research awards at The University of Western Australia.

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Read New Posts on the CHE Blog

Read Uğurgül Tunç’s (Koç University) post about ‘Feeling architecture in literature: Listening to illness narratives for a design that feels better’.
Read Facundo Sebastián Macías’s (Universidad de Buenos Aires-Conicet) post about ‘
Betraying and Repressing the Others’ Desire: Wine in Counter-Reformation Spanish Mystical Literature’.
Read Robert T. Tomczak's (Adam Mickiewicz University) post about 'Sources for History of Emotions: Alba Amicorum as a Cultural Phenomenon of Early Modern Times'.

Image: Konrad Lembcke, ‘Kasnakçılar Sokak, Hoca Gıyasettin, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey’ (January 2021), Flickr.

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Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Arcangeli, A. and A. Fenech, eds. ‘Ludic Emotions’, special issue, Ludica. Annali di storia e civiltà del gioco 28 (2022).

Barclay, K. and G. Tarantino, eds.
Emotions: History, Culture, Society 6.2 (2022): Special Issue: Emotions and Mobilities: Gendered, Temporal and Spatial Representations, ed. by. M. B. Aquino, N. J. C. Chanamuto, and A. Christou.

Barclay, K., E. Chalus and D. Simonton, eds.
The Routledge History of Loneliness. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, February 2023. Pre-order your copy!
Barnes, D., ed. ‘Cultures of Compassion, special issue,
Parergon 39.2 (2022).

Boddice, R.
Knowing Pain: A History of Sensation, Emotion, and Experience. New York: Polity Press, May 2023. Pre-order your copy!

Bubenik, A., ed.
The Persistence of Melancholia in Arts and Culture. Paperback edition. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2022.

Champion, M.
Dorotheus of Gaza and Ascetic Education. Oxford Early Christian Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022.

Clarke, J. R., D. King and H. Baltussen, eds. Pain Narratives in Greco-Roman Writings: Studies in the Representation of Physical and Mental Suffering. E.J. Brill, 2023. 

Curthoys, A., S. Konishi and A. Ludewig.
The Lives and Legacies of a Carceral Island: A Biographical History of Wadjemup/Rottnest Island. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2022.
Irish, B. J.
Shakespeare and Disgust: The History and Science of Early Modern Revulsion. Arden Shakespeare. London: Bloomsbury, March 2023. Pre-order your copy!

Monagle, C., and N. Senoçak, eds. 
Lateran IV: Theology and Care of Souls. Turnhout: Brepols, 2023. Pre-order your copy! 

White, R. S. 
Keats's Anatomy of Melancholy: Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St Agnes and Other Poems (1820). Paperback edn. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2022.

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Selected Forthcoming Events

Conference: 'Religious Disbelief and the Emotions in Global Perspective: From Ancient to Modern'
Date: 23–24 January 2022
Venue: Held online, hosted by Macquarie University

Enquiries: keagan.brewer@mq.edu.au

Image: Salvator Rosa, Democrito e Protagora (between 1663 and 1664), Wikimedia Commons

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