Professor Yasmin Haskell
Cassamarca Foundation Chair in Latin Humanism
Classics and Ancient History
- Contact details
- Classics and Ancient History
The University of Western Australia (M204)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
- +61 8 6488 1632
- +61 8 6488 1069
- Personal homepage
- Room 2.07, Arts Building, Crawley campus
- BA PhD Syd.
- Though I trained as a classicist my research and writing has been chiefly in early modern literary and intellectual history and Classical Tradition/ Classical Reception Studies. After my doctorate from the University of Sydney (1996) I held a series of research fellowships in Cambridge (UK), before coming to Perth in 2003.
- Key research
- My research spans neo-Latin studies (Latin literature written since the Renaissance), reception of classical authors, history of psychiatry and emotions, and the culture of the early modern Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
- My first book, *Loyola's Bees: Ideology and Industry in Jesuit Latin Didactic Poetry* (Oxford: British Academy and Oxford University Press, 2003) was a winner of the British Academy Postdoctoral Monographs competition. In it I explored scientific poetry on subjects from the medicinal uses of chocolate to electricity. More recently I have edited a widely reviewed collection, *Diseases of the Imagination and Imaginary Disease in the Early Modern Period* (Turnhout: Brepols, 2011), and explored the contexts in which Latin continued to be used during the Enlightenment: *Prescribing Ovid: The Latin Works and Networks of the Enlightened Dr Heerkens* (London: Bloomsbury, 2013).
- Roles, responsibilities and expertise
- I am the Cassamarca Foundation Chair in Latin Humanism. My post was seed-funded by the Cassamarca Foundation (Treviso, Italy) along with those of 14 lecturers in Italian studies throughout Australia. These lectureships are overseen by the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies: http://acis.org.au/.
I am currently a Chief Investigator in the Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions: Europe 1100-1800, and lead research teams and projects working on 'Jesuit Emotions' and 'Passions for Learning': http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/research/researchers/yasmin-haskell.aspx.
I am the convenor of the 'Languages and Emotion' cluster in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions: http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/research/research-clusters/languages-and-emotion.aspx.
- Future research
- I am currently developing a project with partners at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies (Austria) on the literature and emotions surrounding the Suppression of the Old Society of Jesus (1773). I'll be giving a keynote on this subject at a conference at the Institute for Advanced Jesuits Studies, Boston College, in June this year.
- Funding received
- I was CI-1 on two recent ARC Discovery Projects: 'Mapping the Latin Enlightenment: Centres and Peripheries' (2009-2011) and 'Psychosomatic Illness in Early Modern Italy: Lessons for Modern Psychiatric Theory and Practice' (2007-2009). I have also recently been invited as visiting research fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge (2013-14), Christchurch College, Oxford (2011), and All Souls College, Oxford (2009).
- Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.
Member of editorial boards of the following journals: *Journal of Jesuit Studies*, *Medievalia et Humanistica*, *Intellectual History Review*, *L'Ellisse: Studi Storici di Letteratura Italiana*, *Ianus: simul ante retroque prospiciens*, and *Parergon*, and of the book/ text series: *Bibliotheca Latinitatis Novae*, *Jesuit Studies*, and *CroALa* (Croatiae auctores Latini).
Member of the Scientific Council of the Accademia Vivarium Novum: https://vivariumnovum.net/en
- Honours and awards
- Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
- Previous positions
- British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow (1999-2002)
Associates' Research Fellow (Newnham College, Cambridge) 1997-1999
Kathleen Hughes Research Fellow (Newnham College, Cambridge) 1995-1996
- I welcome graduate students working in the areas of Latin and neo-Latin studies, classical reception studies, history of emotion and psychiatry, and Jesuit studies.
- New and noteworthy
- Keynote at First International Symposium on Jesuit Studies at Boston College in June:
- Current projects
- A colloquium in 5-6 November at UWA on 'Passions for Learning in Religious Perspective', co-organized by Prof. Mordechai Feingold (CalTech) and Dr Kirk Essary (UWA).
See also: http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/research/researchers/yasmin-haskell.aspx