Jacqueline Van Gent

Associate Professor, MA Humboldt, PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I am a historian interested in gender, religion and colonial encounters. My work spans both the early modern and the late colonial periods. My research has included a rethinking of European magical practices, early modern ideas of self and embodiment and the dynamics of religious change in a colonised world.

Much of my work is interdicsciplinary and includes anthropological perspectives, the role of historical empotions in social dynamics and the consequences of understanding the historical past in terms of changing power relations and historical materiality. 

I am currently working on a number of research projects exploring (i) Indigenous responses to European missions in a trans-Atlantic space; (ii) global movements of objects and collecting networks in the early modern and late colonial world and (iii) gendered nature of objects and materiality.

Funding overview

My work has attracted several national and international competitive grants, including several Australian Research Council Discovery Projects, Fritz Thyssen Fellowship and a Visiting Fellowship in Sweden. I was a Chief Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence of the the History of Emotions (2014-2017). 

Teaching overview

Current undergraduate units include:

HIST1003 Love, Belief and Death in Europe, 800-1800

HIST2013 Medieval and Early Modern Women

HIST3012 Rights, Rule and Power

HIST3014 Intimate Strangers 




Recent public outreach activities include:

• Convenor of the Indigenous Knowledge and Emotions: Decolonising Curatorial and Performance Practice Workshop, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand, 10-11 July 2018


• The Huntingdon podcast ‘Protestant Global Missions and the Emotions’ [Dec 2017]


• Emotions and the Zest Festival




Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

  • gender history
  • collecting networks
  • colonial encounters
  • global history
  • history of emotions


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