“A state of excitement? WA’s heritage of European emotions”, (Professor Susan Broomhall, UWA)
Professor Susan Broomhall, from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, examines the long history of emotional contact between our continent’s western edge and Europe, stretching back well before British settlement in 1829. From medieval maps to early exploration, these lands and their peoples have been the subject of curiosity and wonder, greed and envy, fear and anger: a site of European competition far away that has shaped the borders of our state and of profound, sometimes difficult, interactions with local peoples. The heritage of these emotions has continuing impact on the state today, from geographic markers, the location of towns and cities to our cultural institutions and social orientations.