Emotions shape our mental, physical and social wellbeing. The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions' research will brilliantly illuminate this crucial aspect of Australia’s cultural and social heritage, help explain the causes and consequences of mass emotional events (e.g. moral panics) and invigorate Australian culture through major reflective performances in drama, opera and art. By addressing the big question of how societies think, feel and function, it will provide greatly enhanced understandings of how to improve emotional health among modern Australians. It will train and mentor a new generation of young Australian researchers and heighten Australia’s international reputation for excellence in Humanities and Performing Arts research.

Funding: $24.25 million over 7 years

Centre Director*: Professor Andrew Lynch

Administering Organisation: The University of Western Australia

Collaborating and Partner Organisations:

  • The University of Adelaide
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Sydney
  • Umeå Universitet
  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • Newcastle University, UK
  • University of Fribourg
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • University of Durham
  • Université du Québec à Montréal
  • The University of Western Ontario
  • University of Southampton
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Please visit the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions website for further information.

*Initial Centre Director: Professor Philippa Maddern