Discovery projects

ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

Intersections of Religion, Emotion, Visual Culture and Print in Early Modern Europe (2011-2018)

Professor Charles Zika

This seven-year project concentrates on German-speaking Europe from the 15th to early 18th century and includes the following:

  1. Emotions, Community and Sacred Space - focusing on the role of emotions in shaping pilgrimage rituals and communal identity at the Austrian shrine of Mariazell, in its transformation into an instrument of Hapsburg religious ideology
  2. Emotions and Exclusion in Witchcraft Imagery - tracing reversals in witchcraft belief from demonisation to derisive fantasy during the 17th and 18th centuries
  3. Natural Disasters and Apocalyptic Anxiety - exploring religious response through the prism of pamphlets and broadsheets collected by the Zurich pastor Johann Jakob Wick, 1560-1588
  4. Emotions and the Visual in the Transformations of Early Modern Europe - which investigates the emotional power, resonance and function of religious objects and images, linked to an exhibition to be held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2017

Feeling the Sacred: Emotions and Material Culture in Medieval Chartres

Dr Sarah Randles, Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne

Sarah Randles is conducting a research project on emotions, materiality and sacred place, focusing on the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Chartres, a significant centre for medieval pilgrimage and an outstanding example of and gothic architecture and art. The project will investigate the emotional responses of worshippers to the built environment and visual programs of the Cathedral, to the relics and other holy material housed there and taken from the site, and to the material and performative aspects of the religious practices at this site.

Digging out some emotional roots of British anti-Catholicism: A study of the English representations of the seventeenth-century massacres of Piedmontese Waldensians

Dr Giovanni Tarantino, Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne

Giovanni is working on a project concerned with the affective language used in English-language reports of the persecution of the Waldensians in the later seventeenth century (with Waldensianism being considered the only 'heresy' of the twelfth century to survive in unbroken continuity into the sixteenth century to link hands with the Protestant Reformation) and how the rhetoric within these reports helped shape notions of British Protestant identity and community. He is also exploring the methodological legitimacy of reading (Waldensian) geographic maps not merely in technical or geopolitical terms, but in a way that he believes can justifiably be defined as 'affective geography'.

Disasters, Emotions, and the development of Scottish National Identity, 1490-1700 (working title)

Dr Gordon David Raeburn, Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne

Gordon is investigating the emotional responses to a series of Scottish disasters between 1490 and 1700, including massacres, plagues, and economic disasters, in order to determine the extent to which these emotions show a shift over time from localised identity, such as clan based or geographically based, towards a more national sense of identity. This project will also investigate the effects of major societal changes, such as the Reformation, upon the emotion responses to these events, as well as any differing emotional responses due to cultural or geographical influences. Gordon is also a member of the AHRC Research Network 'Crossing Over - New Narratives of Death', based at the University of Hull.

For more information please see the Centre for the History of Emotions website.

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