Love and Courtship (History and Cultural History)

This cluster explores history and cultural history of love, courtship and family. (This cluster has ceased its activities.)


Image: Sleeping Venus, by Giorgione, c 1508. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

This research cluster aims to connect Australian and international researchers working in the fields of intellectual, religious, social and cultural history and specialising in love, courtship and family in Europe 1100-1800. The cluster also aims to promote multidisciplinary research on love in tangential disciplines (psychology, history of science, philosophy and theology).

Collaborating Members

Dr Clara Tuite, The University of Melbourne
Dr Sally Holloway, Richmond University, London

Main Outcomes


Kambaskovic, Danijela, “Passionate Love and Rational Engagement”, CHE conference stream, Australian Universities Language and Literatures Association (AULLA) conference, University of Victoria 7-9 December 2016 (four panels).

Barclay, Katie and Holloway, Sally. “Romantic Rituals: Making Love in Europe, c. 1100 to the present”, Workshop, University of Adelaide (4 July 2016)

Barclay, Katie. ‘The Heart’ Study Day, University of Melbourne (11 March 2016)

Barclay, Katie. ‘From Institution to Intimacy: Courtship, Marriage and Marriage Breakdown in Historical Perspective, c.1650 to 2000’, International Symposium, University of Glasgow (11-12 September 2015)


Kambaskovic, Danijela. “The impact of love on culture and genre”, invited keynote, Professional Development Program – Academic stream, Romance Writers of Australia 25th Annual Conference, Flinders University (Adelaide, August 2016)

Kambaskovic, Danijela. “Divergent valuations of the cognitive impact of desire in Plato’s philosophy of love and early modern treatises on love sickness”, Moving Minds: converting cognition and emotion in history, Macquarie University (Sydney, March 2-4, 2016)

Kambaskovic, Danijela. “Living Anxiously: Governing the Senses in Early Modern England”, Biannual conference of the Australian New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS), University of Queensland (Brisbane, July 2015)

Knight Kimberley-Joy. “Love on a Stick: The Role of Runic Twigs in Constructing and Maintaining Relationships in Medieval Scandinavia”, International Medieval Congress (Leeds, UK, 5 July 2016)

Holloway Sally. “Shaping the Language of Romantic Love in Georgian England”, Invited Speaker, Perth, 14 June 2016

Holloway Sally. ‘“My heart is in my eyes”: Sensory Interaction with Courtship Gifts in Georgian England’, Invited Speaker, Centre for the Study of the Body and Material Culture, London, 9 December 2015


Barclay, Katie. “Intimacy, Community and Power: Bedding Rituals in Eighteenth-Century Scotland”, in Katie  Barclay and Merridee Bailey (eds), Emotion, Ritual and Power in Europe: 1200 to the Present (Palgrave, 2016)

Barclay, Katie. “Emotion & Intimacy”, in Deborah Simonton et al, The Routledge History Handbook of Gender and  the Urban Experience (Routledge, 2016)

Barclay, Katie. “Marginal Households and their Emotions: the ‘Kept Mistress’ in Enlightenment Edinburgh”, in Sue Broomhall (ed.), Spaces for Feeling: Emotions and Sociabilities in Britain, 1650-1850 (Routledge, 2015)

Barclay, Katie. “Natural Affection, Children and Family Inheritance Practices in the Long-Eighteenth-Century”, in Elizabeth Ewan and Janey Nugent (eds), Children and Youth in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland (Boydell and Brewer, 2015)

Kerr, Heather. “‘Sociable’ Tears in The Tempest", in Shakespeare and Emotions: Inheritances, Enactments, Legacies (Palgrave, 2015)

Kambaskovic, Danijela. “‘I am lunaticke’”: Michael Drayton, Samuel Daniel and the evolution of the first person”, in Blackwell Companion to Renaissance Poetry, ed. Catherine Bates (OUP, 2017)

Kambaskovic, Danijela. “Love”, in Early Modern Emotions, an Introduction edited by Susan Broomhall (Taylor & Francis/ Routledge, 2016)

Kambaskovic, Danijela.  “Living anxiously: the senses, society and morality in early modern England”, in Ordering Emotions in Europe 1100-1800, ed. Susan Broomhall (Brill, 2015)

Kambaskovic, Danijela.  “‘Of comfort and dispaire’: Plato’s philosophy of love and Shakespeare’s Sonnets”, in Shakespeare and Emotions, ed. Bob White, Mark Houlahan and Katrina O’Laughlin (Palgrave, 2015)

Kambaskovic, Danijela. “The Senses in Philosophy and Science: From the nobility of sight to the materialism of touch,” with Charles Wolfe, in A Cultural History of the Senses in the Renaissance (Bloomsbury, 2014)

CHE Members

Danijela Kambaskovic

The University of Western Australia


Heather Kerr (Full term)†

The University of Adelaide


Patricia Alessi

The University of Western Australia


Aleksondra Hultquist (2012, 2014)

The University of Melbourne


Louis Charland†

Western University, Canada


Katie Barclay

The University of Adelaide


Angela Hesson

The University of Melbourne


Kimberley-Joy Knight†

The University of Sydney