The Future of Emotions: Conversations Without Borders – Call For Papers

The Future of Emotions: Conversations Without Borders
University Club of Western Australia, The University of Western Australia
14‒15 June, 2018

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Conference Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Andrew Lynch, Director ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, UWA
  • Associate Professor Penny Edmonds, University of Tasmania
  • Professor John Sutton, Macquarie University

Public Lecture Speaker:

  • Professor Jeff Malpas, University of Tasmania

Scholarship on the history of emotions is now rich and varied, and informed by multiple disciplinary perspectives from the humanities. This conference celebrates the many achievements of humanities emotions research and looks to new horizons in which it can be applied, seeking contributions that lend themselves to discussion about future directions.

WHAT are the theoretical and methodological challenges and opportunities for this field? What cross- and interdisciplinary connections can humanities scholars make through history of emotions research? How does humanities emotions research inform discussions in education and training?

HOW have populations from the medieval to the present conceived of emotions in relation to nature and viewed the capacity of the non-human world to experience emotions or define those of humans? How have feeling cultures created new sociabilities with nature in the pre-industrial period or anthropocene age?

HOW has humanities emotions research informed developments of new technologies, from the emergence of print to smartphones and robots, or shifted meanings in cultural spheres such as art, performance and online community formation?

WHAT contribution can humanities emotions research make in understanding how people have adapted to changes in the world around them, from the emergence of new religious practices, encounters with previously unknown cultures or today’s post-global anxieties? How have past populations envisaged future emotional worlds and anticipated challenges and opportunities for the future? How and why do historical and contemporary populations look back with feeling to past ages? How do emotional experiences and ideas help us understand identities, communities and entities with rights and agency? What applications does humanities emotions research have in community dialogue, policy and public discourse?

The conference organisers invite proposals for a wide variety of individual or collaborative presentation forms, including 20-minute papers, panel sessions, interpretive performance or technological demonstrations, on the following (or related) themes that relate to breakthrough analyses of emotions and:

Innovative humanities methodologies for the emotions

  • Emerging theorisations
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Pedagogical developments

Emotional technologies: past, present and future

  • Print cultures
  • New media art and music
  • Robotics
  • Emoticons, smartphones and digital attachment

Emotions in worlds beyond

  • Past futures
  • Heritage
  • Post-global realities
  • Identity and community formation
  • Rights and justice
  • Public discourse

Emotions, the non-human and post-human

  • Nature
  • Animals
  • Ecologies

Proposals for papers, panel presentations and innovative communication formats are all welcome. Please send a 250-word abstract, a presentation title, and a 100-word biography (only Word documents or rtf files accepted) to by 2 February, 2018.


The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions is able to offer a limited number of bursaries to Honours students, Postgraduate students and unwaged Early Career Researchers whose paper have been accepted for presentation at the conference. The bursaries are intended to partially reimburse costs associated with attending the conference.

Bursaries of up to AUD500 for Australian applicants may be awarded, based on the following criteria:

The applicant is:

  1. an Honours student currently enrolled at a recognised institution OR a postgraduate student currently enrolled at a recognised institution OR an unwaged early career researcher;
  2. able to demonstrate particular need of funding assistance;
  3. AND has submitted a paper proposal with the application.

Applicants will be informed of the committee’s decision by 2 March, 2018.