We are a group of research associates in the humanities in Australia, part of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, based at the Universities of Western Australia, Melbourne, Adelaide, Queensland, and Sydney.

Individually, collectively, and collaboratively, we’re all working on the description, representation, and experience of emotions in pre-modern Europe, especially in the period 1100-1800.

This blog documents the process of researching emotions from the perspective of the Australian humanities. It tells the unfolding story of our research into the ‘histories of emotion’ across time and place, and archives some of our own emotional lives as early-career researchers in that process.


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This research was conducted by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CE110001011). The views expressed herein are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the Australian Research Council.

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  1. I very much enjoyed your blog, Histories of Emotion (from Medieval Europe to Contemporary Australia). I am working on a history book-blog of my own, which can be seen at [one word] theoryofirony.com, then clicking on either the “sample chapter” or “blog” buttons at the top. My Rube Goldberg brain asks with an odd, well-caffeinated kind of logic: Why is there an inverse proportion between the size of the print and the importance of the message? Art. Literature. Science. Military. Religion. I call this eccentric thinking the Theory of Irony and if your busy schedule permits, give a read, leave a comment or create a link. In any event, best of luck with your endeavor.

    P.S. It concerns Classical, Medieval and Modern eras.

  2. My paternal grandparents lost their first and eldest child before he was 2 yrs of age. My grandmother kept his memorial book from the funeral home. When you open it, there are pages with what flowers were brought by whom, those who paid their respects, etc. In addition is a tiny teeth necklace. (It looks like a miniature upper denture.) As well, funeral cards. As other family passed, she would place their obituary or obituary bookmark in the book box. Which, is now in my care. I’ve seen many keepsakes online researching funeral customs but have not seen teeth. If anyone is familiar with, please email me WriterTC@Gmail.com My late uncle passed away in the midwest part of the United States in 1948. Perhaps that will help in finding records of such tokens given to guests/attendants of a child’s funeral from the era?

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