Emotions: History, Culture, Society

Emotions: History, Culture, Society (EHCS) is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary biannual journal published by Brill Publishing on behalf of the Society for the History of Emotions.

EHCS is dedicated to understanding the emotions as culturally and temporally situated phenomena, and to exploring the role of emotion in shaping human experience and action by individuals, groups, societies and cultures.

EHCS welcomes theoretically informed work from a range of historical, cultural and social domains. We aim to illuminate (1) the ways emotion is conceptualised and understood in different temporal or cultural settings, from antiquity to the present, and across the globe; (2) the impact of emotion on human action and in processes of change; and (3) the influence of emotional legacies from the past on current social, cultural and political practices.

EHCS is interested in multidisciplinary approaches (both qualitative and quantitative), from history, art, literature, languages, music, politics, sociology, cognitive sciences, cultural studies, environmental humanities, religious studies, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and related disciplines. We also invite papers that interrogate the methodological and critical problems of exploring emotions in historical, cultural and social contexts; and the relation between past and present in the study of feelings, passions, sentiments, emotions and affects. EHCS also accepts theoretically informed and reflective scholarship that explores how scholars access, uncover, construct and engage with emotions in their own scholarly practice.

EHCS publishes only in English. We typically expect the contributors for whom English is not a native language to be responsible for translation apart from exceptional circumstances. All submitted manuscripts must be original contributions that have never before been published (in any language) and are not under consideration for publication anywhere else.

EHCS is published twice a year. The first two issues of Volume 1 (2017) were published in June and December 2017 by the Society for the History of Emotions (SHE). From 2018, EHCS is published by Brill on behalf of the Society, typically in June and December.

Note: Annual subscription by individuals to the Society for the History of Emotions includes access to the EHCS journal.

Subscribe to EHCS for 2021:


For INDIVIDUALS Through SHE Membership


Note: If you are not sure if you have already subscribed for 2021, please email Katrina Tap, societyhistoryemotions@gmail.com



Editorial board and submissions

Katie Barclay, The University of Adelaide
Andrew Lynch, The University of Western Australia
Giovanni Tarantino, University of Florence/ The University of Western Australia

Reviews Editor and Business Manager:
Giovanni Tarantino, University of Florence/ The University of Western Australia

Advisory Board:
Susan Bandes, DePaul University
Roland Bleiker, The University of Queensland
Toby Burrows, The University of Western Australia
Ananya Chakravarti, Georgetown University
Louis Charland, Western University, Canada
Louise D’Arcens, Macquarie University
Jane W. Davidson, The University of Melbourne
Stephanie Dickey, Queen’s University, Canada
Thomas Dixon, Queen Mary University of London
Karin Fierke, University of St Andrews
Yasmin Haskell, The University of Western Australia
Peter Holbrook, The University of Queensland
Emma Hutchison, The University of Queensland
Katherine Ibbett, University College London
David Konstan, New York University
David Lemmings, The University of Adelaide
Mary Luckhurst, The University of Melbourne
W. Gerrod Parrott, Georgetown University
Margrit Pernau, Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Barbara Rosenwein, Loyola University Chicago
Paolo Santangelo, Sapienza University of Rome
Monique Scheer, Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen
Mick Smith, Queen’s University, Canada
François Soyer, University of New England
John Sutton, Macquarie University
Jonathan H. Turner, University of California, Riverside
Jacqueline Van Gent, The University of Western Australia
Robert S. White, The University of Western Australia
Harvey Whitehouse, University of Oxford
Michalinos Zembylas, Open University of Cyprus
Charles Zika, The University of Melbourne


Submit your article on the EHCS online management system via the link below.

Click here to submit your EHCS article

Articles should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words, including notes. Submitted essays should include a separate abstract of c.100–120 words, together with five keywords and a short biography of the author. Please prepare your essays using the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, using footnotes rather than endnotes, and consult the EHCS Style Guide and EHCS Submission Guidelines before submitting. Authors will receive reports from two independent referees within at least two months of submission.

Authors retain copyright of their articles and may republish them anywhere provided that EHCS is acknowledged as the original place of publication, and that the work is not published again within the first twenty-four months of the article’s initial publication in EHCS.

Download the EHCS Submission Guidelines


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Call for Special Issues

Emotions: History, Culture, Society, a journal of the Society for the History of Emotions, is pleased to announce its call for proposals for special issues. The next special issue is anticipated to be published in the second half of 2022.

Themed issues contain up to ten essays with a maximum word count of 64,000 words for the whole issue. Essays should bring a range of disciplinary or methodological/theoretical perspectives on the topic. The guest editor is responsible for setting the theme and drawing up the criteria for the essays.
Proposals should include a synopsis explaining the theme and how it contributes to the aims of the journal; titles and brief abstracts for each proposed essay, and short biographies of the editors and proposed authors.

The deadline for proposal submissions is 15 October 2020. Please email submissions to editemotions@gmail.com.

EHCS editors will notify applicants of their decision by 15 November 2020. The guest editor/s will commission and pre-select essays before submitting them with an introduction to EHCS before September 2021.

Download the full Call For Special Issues


ISSN 2206-7485

e-ISSN 2208-522X

Emotions: History, Culture, Society is included in the European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH PLUS) https://dbh.nsd.uib.no/publiseringskanaler/erihplus/periodical/info?id=493807

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Image: Front cover of journal Emotions: History, Culture, Society 1.1 (2017), featuring image of Cypripedium calceolus. Lady’s Slipper Orchid. Originally published in: Paxton’s Magazine of Botany, and Register of Flowering Plants. Published in London. December 1836. Natural History Museum’s Botany Library. Plate Collection number 169 – Botanical London UK. Courtesy of the Natural History Museum, London, UK / Bridgeman Images.