The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions announcement

Dear colleagues,

The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions is proud to announce three new ventures that will take our work on the emotions beyond the end of our ARC funding in July 2018.

A Society for the History of Emotions (SHE) has been formed, which extends both the chronological range of CHE into contemporary and ancient cultures (though still with an interest in emotions as historically and culturally situated phenomena) and the geographical range beyond Europe and Australia. The inaugural conference of the Society will be held in Perth, December 11-13, 2017: Emotions of Cultures: Cultures of Emotion. Comparative Perspectives.  Abstracts are very welcome; and are due July 31:

The Society has also just launched its new biannual journal Emotions: History, Culture, Society. This journal has a strong international advisory board and will welcome submissions from the humanities and social sciences, again stretching beyond CHE’s historical period in Europe into contemporary and global cultures. The first issue was launched in June 2017, at our conference ‘Powerful Emotions/ Emotions and Power c.400‒1850’, co-badged with the University of York, UK.  

Both the Society and the journal draw on the international links CHE has developed since its inception in 2011. We are confident they will take the work of our Centre into a broader range of disciplines, methodologies, historical periods and cultures.

We invite you to subscribe to the Society for the History of Emotions, and ensure your biannual delivery of the journal!

And thirdly, a new forum, the ‘Society for the History of Emotions International Reading Group’, sponsored by SHE, has been established on the LOOMIO platform ( for the discussion of essays, articles and ideas about the History of Emotions. Joining the group is a two-step process – first join LOOMIO, then join the group.  If it seems like you’re being asked to join the group twice, don’t be alarmed.  Just follow the prompts and you will arrive at your destination.  Initial joining of the group is moderated by a small team on both sides of Australia, so there may be a delay outside of extended Australian business hours (or even during business hours if we’re busy).  

With thanks, as ever, to the School of Culture and Communication, the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and the University of Melbourne for their support.

Yours sincerely, Jane Davidson, Stephanie Trigg and Charles Zika.