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Katie Barclay is Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotions and Associate Professor in History, University of Adelaide. She is the author of Love, Intimacy and Power: Marriage and Patriarchy in Scotland, 1650-1850 (Manchester, 2011), Men on Trial: Performing Emotion, Embodiment and Identity in Ireland, 1800-1845 (Manchester, 2019), and a number of edited collections, book chapters and articles. With Andrew Lynch and Giovanni Tarantino, she edits Emotions: History, Culture, Society. Her current book project explores neighbourly love between early modern lower order Scots.


Dr Lisa Beaven is a lecturer in art history at La Trobe University. Her research is centred on the art, collecting  and material culture of seventeenth-century Italy, from the perspective of the history of emotions and the senses. Her books include An Ardent Patron: Cardinal Camillo Massimo and his artistic and antiquarian circle, Paul Holberton Press: London, and CEEH: Madrid (2010), and Baroque to Neo-baroque: Emotion and the Seduction of the Senses (edited with Angela Ndalianis), Medieval Institute Press, 2018.

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Anke Bernau is Senior Lecturer in Medieval Literature and Culture at the University of Manchester. She has published on a range of topics, including: medieval origin myths and memory, virginity (medieval and beyond, medievalism and late medieval poetics. She is currently working on a project on late medieval aesthetics, poetics and material culture, tentatively titled 'Curious Knots'.

Anke is one of the general editors of the Medieval Literature and Culture Series at Manchester University Press, as well as part of the editorial team for the academic journal Exemplaria: Medieval - Early Modern - Theory.

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Matthew Champion is a lecturer in medieval history at Birkbeck, University of London. His work focuses around questions of time, emotion, matter, and the senses in late medieval northern Europe. He is currently working on

a book tracing the invention, making and impact of musical timepieces from the early fourteenth century to the end of the sixteenth century.

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Dr Julie Davies is a research assistant at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne and the announcements editor for the International Society for Intellectual History. Her research interests include early modern demonology, witchcraft, experimental philosophy, theology and pre-Linnaean botany. She recently published the monograph Science in an Enchanted World: Philosophy and Witchcraft in the Work of Joseph Glanvill.

Twitter: @JulieD1680

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Sasha Handley is professor of early modern history at the University of Manchester. Her principal research interests lie in the fields of social and cultural history, material culture, and more recently, environmental history. She leads the Embodied Emotions research group at Manchester and she is currently developing collaborative projects on Albrecht Dürer and material culture, and on early modern affective environments. Sasha’s recent publications include Sleep in Early Modern England (Yale University Press, 2016) and New Directions in Social and Cultural History (Bloomsbury Academic 2018, co-edited with Rohan McWilliam and Lucy Noakes).


Stefan Hanß is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Manchester, working on material culture and cultural encounters. His current research examines the history of early modern hair and feather-working. He explores new methodological trajectories and heuristic tools in material culture studies such as the usage of digital microscopes, remaking experiments, and historians’ collaboration with artisans and artists. He co-organises the Manchester seminar 'Affective Artefacts' and is also a member of the international research group 'Materialized Identities: Objects, Effects and Affects in Early Modern European Cultures'

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Dr Una McIlvenna is Hansen Lecturer in History at the University of Melbourne. She works on the history of ballads, from the early modern period through the nineteenth century. She is especially interested in the lived experience of ballads: how people used, sang, and sold these cheaply printed songsheets and pamphlets, often in the public marketplace. She is currently working with the collections at Chetham’s Library, Manchester and the Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne, comparing their collections of working songs from the 19th century, especially their focus on work tools, rhythms and routines.

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John Morgan is an early modern environmental historian based at the University of Manchester. He is interested in the history of water, disasters, and the relationships between environment and emotion in the early modern period.

Twitter: @jemorgan_

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Dr Hannah Newton is a social and cultural historian of early modern England, specialising in the histories of medicine, emotions, and childhood. She is the author of two books, The Sick Child in Early Modern England (OUP, 2012), winner of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Book Prize, and Misery to Mirth: Recovery from Illness in Early Modern England (OUP, 2018), recipient of the University of Reading’s Early Career Output of the Year Prize. Hannah is currently a Wellcome Trust University Award Holder at Reading and Co-Director of the Centre for Health Humanities, where she is undertaking a project entitled Sensing Sickness in Early Modern England.

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Sarah Randles is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Researcher in the School of Humanities at the University of Tasmania.  Together with Stephanie Downes and Sally Holloway, she has edited Feeling Things: Objects and Emotions through History (Oxford University Press, 2018).  She is currently researching the history of objects and emotions in the medieval cathedral of Chartres.


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Jenny Spinks is Hansen Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Melbourne, and a cultural historian of early modern northern Europe with a particular interest in visual culture and religious identity. She has co-curated several exhibitions on early modern apocalyptic and supernatural beliefs, and her recent publications include Disaster, Death and the Emotions in the Shadow of the Apocalypse (Palgrave 2016, co-edited with Charles Zika). She is currently developing a collaborative project on Albrecht Dürer and material culture, and completing a book-length study on wonder books and religious identity in the sixteenth century.

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Miranda Stanyon is a lecturer in Comparative Literature at King's College London.  Her research focuses on Enlightenment and Romantic era literature and culture in Britain and Germany, and in particular on aesthetics, music and sound, emotions history, and visual culture. Her work has appeared in Modern Philology, Studies in Romanticism, Journal of the Royal Musical Association, and German Quarterly. She is currently interested in habit and second nature, the pathos of porcelain, bibliophilia, and unintended consequences.  


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​Stephanie Trigg is Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor of English Literature at the University of Melbourne and was a founding member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She works on late medieval and modern literature, ritual practice, and medievalism. Her work for this cluster on objects has focussed on representations of Christ’s face in the Veronica legend and on the cultural history of glass.

Twitter: @stephanietrigg

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Cordelia Warr is an art historian whose work focuses on Italian art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. She has published widely on the representation of clothes, including Dressing for Heaven: Religious Clothing in Italy, 1215–1545 (Manchester University Press, 2010), and has co-edited two books on art in Naples with Janis Elliott: The Church of Santa Maria Donna Regina: Art, Iconography and Patronage in Fourteenth-Century Naples (Ashgate, 2004) and Art and Architecture in Naples, 1266-1713: New Approaches (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). Her current research deals with stigmata and miraculous wounds. 

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Edward Wouk is Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Manchester. His research and teaching encompass Northern European and Italian art of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  Current interests include the development of artistic theory in Northern Europe, the historiography of Netherlandish art, prints and cultural exchange, and the intersection of artistic practice and scientific inquiry in the early modern period.  His monograph on the artist Frans Floris appeared with Brill in 2018, and a second book, currently in progress, examines the rise of an autonomous discourse on the arts in the Low Countries.

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Charles Zika is Professorial Fellow in History and Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne. His interests lie in the intersection of religious practice, emotion, visual culture and print in early modern Europe. With respect to objects and emotions, he has recently published ‘‘The Emotional Economy of Early Modern Pilgrimage Shrines: the case of Mariazell’, Emotions: History, Culture, Society, vol. 1, no. 1 (2017), 1–28, is now preparing a book-length study on the shrine and its objects, and is contributing to a collaborative project on Albrecht Dürer and material culture.

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