Meeting with Prof. Susan Broomhall

The Amsterdam Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Emotion and Sensory Studies organizes a meeting with Prof. Susan Broomhall, chief investigator at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

Date and time: June 19. 2012, 15.00-17.00

(Welcome with coffee/tea at 14.45)

Place: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam, Room 07A09

Routebeschrijving Hoofdgebouw Vrije Universiteit – OV

During this seminar Susan Broomhall will present a paper on her current research in the history of emotions:

Early Modern Colonialisms, Objects and Emotions in modern narrative–making contexts”

In her presentation, Broomhall examines the curation of a community festival in Kalbarri, Western Australia, as an opportunity to rethink academic research about emotions. The Zest Festival, a five-year project commencing in 2012, traces the interaction of the Western Australian coast with the Dutch East India Company, commemorating the anniversary of the ship ‘Zuytdorp’, wrecked in 1712, and the anniversary of the Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog’s landing in 1616. At one level, this paper explores the curation of this local community event as an entry point to the presentation of historical emotions, understandings and practices, and the role of empathy as an interpretive tool for historical understanding. At another, it examines how shipwrecks specifically provide an opportunity to discuss the notion of an ’emotional community’ within the VOC leadership.

After a tea break we will continue around 16.15 with:

ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions: Interdisciplinary Methods in Practice”

A short presentation of the development of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence, Centre for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100-1800 (, within the funding scheme’s science-oriented parameters and paradigms. In this part of her presentation Susan Broomhall will explore the uses of interdisciplinarity within the Centre’s research practices and the challenges of these approaches.

Prof. Inger Leemans (VU University) will open the discussion as a discussant.

Susan Broomhall is Winthrop Professor at the School of Humanities (History) at The University of Western Australia

She published widely on the history of women and gender in early modern Europe, as well as on the role of scholarly histories in heritage tourism and arts industries.

See for her publications:

Organisation / more information:

Erika Kuijpers, Universiteit Leiden, The Amsterdam Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Emotion and Sensory Studies and the Faculty of Arts of VU University.


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