Social Wellbeing: Emotion and Community

18 October 2019,
Institute of Advanced Studies, UWA
Postgraduate Students, Early Career Researchers, Academics, Professional Researchers


Abraham Solomon
(British, 1824 - 1862)
Not Guilty, 1859, Oil on canvas
63.5 × 88.9 cm (25 × 35 in.), 2008.79.2
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Barbara and Norman S. Namerow

Social Wellbeing: Emotion and Community

This half-day student masterclass, designed to complement the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group, UWA Institute of Advanced Studies, Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies and ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions conference “Mental Health in the Medieval and early Modern World,” features participation from a wide range of national and international scholars. It will focus primarily but not exclusively on the medieval and early modern period. We welcome participation from honours, postgraduate and early career scholars and applications from high performing undergraduate students.

This Masterclass will be led by Professor Susan Broomhall, History.

About the Speakers

Dr Michael D. Barbezat is a researcher at the Australian Catholic University. He researches medieval heresy, the history of emotions, gender history, the history of sexuality, magic, and medieval devotional cultures. He is author of Burning Bodies: Communities, Eschatology, and the Punishment of Heresy in the Middle Ages (Cornell University Press, 2018) and editor (with Anne M. Scott) of Fluid Bodies: Rethinking Expressions of Bodies and Their Fluids in Pre-Modern Literature, Theology, and Art (ARC Humanities Press, forthcoming).

Dr Diana Barnes is Lecturer in English Literary Studies at the University of New England. She was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Queensland (2013-2017). From 2010 to 2013, she was a Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery project, ‘Continuities and Changes in the History of European Women’s Letter Writing.’ Barnes is the author of Epistolary Community in Print, 1580-1664 (Ashgate, 2013), and a range of book chapters and peer-reviewed articles related to her interests in gender, community, emotion in early modern English literature. She is currently working on two major book projects, ‘The Politics of Civility: Historicising Early Modern Genres of Community’ and ‘Gender and Stoicism in Early Modern Literature’. She is Director of the UNE Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

Dr Michael Champion specialises in Early Christian Studies, and the philosophy and culture of the Late-Antique Mediterranean world. He is Director of the ACU Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. He is author of Explaining the Cosmos: Creation and Cultural Interaction in Late-Antique Gaza (Oxford University Press, 2014) and editor (with Andrew Lynch) of Understanding Emotions in Early Europe (Brepols, 2015), (with Lara O’Sullivan) of Cultural Perceptions of Violence in the Hellenistic World (Routledge, 2017) and (with Kirk Essary and Juanita Feros Ruys) of Before Emotion: The Language of Feeling 400–1800 (Routledge, 2019).

Dr Riikka Miettinen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre of Excellence in the History of Experience (HEX) at the University of Tampere, Finland. Her research has explored such topics as the history of suicide, insanity, the disabled, and the landless in early modern Sweden and Finland. Her recent publications include Suicide, Law, and Community in Early Modern Sweden(Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).