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  • The University of Western Australia (M208), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 2.01, Arts Building, Crawley campus

    6009 Perth


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Susan Broomhall is Professor of History at The University of Western Australia. She currently holds an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, researching the correspondence of Catherine de' Medici. Her research explores women, gender, emotions, science and technologies, knowledge practices, material culture, cultural contact and the heritage of the early modern world.

Roles and responsibilities

Australian Research Council Future Fellow

Editor of Parergon: The Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Series Editor of "Gender and Power in the Premodern World", published by ARC Humanities Press.

Current projects

'Emotions, power and the correspondence of Catherine de Medici' (Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, 2014-20)

Project Team Researcher, "Marriage Migration in Asia" (World Universities Network Grant, 2018: National Cheng Kung University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shih Chien University, Rikkyo University.)

Chief Investigator 1, "Gendering the Italian Wars, 1494-1559" (Australian Research Council Discovery Project, 2018-2020) With Carolyn James and Lisa Mansfield

Project Team Researcher, 'Gendered Interpretations at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Vasa Museum’ (Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK, Follow-On Funding, 2019-2020), led by James Daybell (Plymouth) and Svante Norrhem (Lund), with Jacqueline Van Gent and Nadine Akkerman

International Project Associate, 'Writing Doctors: Representation and Medical Personality, ca. 1660-1832' (Leverhulme Trust, 2019-2021), led by Clark Lawlor and Allan Ingram (Northumbria)


Forthcoming research:

Broomhall, Susan, Carolyn James and Lisa Mansfield. Gendering the Italian Wars, in development.

Broomhall, Susan. "Feeling Power: Women, gender and political authority in early modern France," in The Routledge Handbook for French History, in development.

Broomhall, Susan. Lettered Feelings: Emotions in the Correspondence of Catherine de' Medici, Brill, contracted.

Broomhall, Susan. Moving Hearts: Gender and agency in Jesuit circulations across East Asia, 1580-1650, in progress.

Broomhall, Susan. "Political Sexualities: European Men Negotiating Alterity at East Asian Courts in the Early Modern Period"

Broomhall, Susan. "Renegotiating race, identity and emotion within the Dutch East India Company: The love scandal of Saartje Specx through the lens of contemporary Indonesian film"

Broomhall, Susan. "Voicing sexual and social resistance in seventeenth-century Manila"

Broomhall, Susan. Foreign Affairs: Gender, Emotion and the Dutch East India Company, Amsterdam UP, contracted.

Broomhall, Susan. "Belon, Palissy, Ronsard and the War for the Forests of France," The Long Reach of War: Medieval and Early Modern Experiences (eds) Anne Scott and Claire McIlroy. 

Broomhall, Susan. "Devastated Nature: The emotions of natural world catastrophe in sixteenth-century France," for Trauma in the early modern period (eds) Erin Peters and Cynthia Richards, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

Broomhall, Susan. "Early modern emotions and global encounter as gender history: The Dutch East India Company in Korea", Sixteenth Century Journal (2019)

Broomhall, Susan. "東亞女性與婚姻有關的移民,1500-1650 (Women's marriage-related migration across East Asia, 1500-1650)," in 亞洲女性婚姻移民 (Female Marriage Migrants in Asia), eds Su-Lin Yu et al.

Broomhall, Susan. "Shaping family among Korean migrant potters in Tokugawa Japan" in Keeping Family in an Age of Long Distance Trade, Discovery and Settlement 1450-1850, ed. Heather Dalton, Amsterdam University Press.

Broomhall, Susan. "Portal of hopes and dreams: Serafin Gučetić as conduit and contact zone between France and the Ottoman Empire," Portals: Spaces of Encounter, Entanglement and Exchange in South-East Europe 1200-1800 (eds) Mirko Sardelić and Katrina O'Loughlin.

Broomhall, Susan. "Diplomatic Emotions: International relations as gendered acts of power", in The Routledge History Handbook to Emotions in Europe, 1100-1700 (eds) Andrew Lynch and Susan Broomhall, Routledge, 2019.

Broomhall, Susan. "Conceptualising an emotional history of the VOC from the mid-Western Australian coast," Heritage, history and emotions: Affective legacies of early modern global encounters (eds) Jacqueline Van Gent and Elizabeth Reid, Routledge, 2019. 

Broomhall, Susan. "Fire, smoke and ashes: Communications of power and emotions by Dutch East India Company crews on the Australian continent". In Fire Stories (ed) Grace Moore, Punctum Books

Broomhall, Susan. "Deathly Hallows Swedish-style: The gloves of Charles XII", in 100 Objects for Teaching Social Studies and History, ed. Chad Reid.

Broomhall, Susan. "Catherine's tears: diplomatic corporeality and gender at the sixteenth-century French court," Fluid Bodies: Rethinking Expressions of Bodies and Their Fluids in Pre-Modern Literature, Theology, and Art. (eds) Anne M. Scott and Michael Barbezat, ARC Humanities Press.

Broomhall, Susan. "Ruling Emotions: Affective and emotional strategies of power and authority among early modern European monarchies," for History of Monarchy (eds) Elena Woodacre et al, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

Broomhall, Susan. "Heart tombs: Catherine de' Medici and the embodiment of emotion," In The Feeling Heart in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Meaning, Embodiment, and Making (eds) Katie Barclay and Bronwyn Reddan, Medieval Institute Publications, University of Western Michigan at Kalamazoo, 2019.

Broomhall, Susan and Jacqueline Van Gent, "Framing Childhood: Children through the lens of portraits in the Nassau family collections." Material Worlds of Childhood in North-western Europe c. 1350-1800 (eds) Stephanie Tarbin and Philippa Maddern, Ashgate.

Broomhall, Susan. "Materializing women: Dynamic interactions of gender and materiality in early modern Europe", in The Routledge History of Women in Early Modern Europe (ed.) Amanda L. Capern, Routledge, 2019.

Broomhall, Susan. "Cross-channel conflict: The challenges of growing up in minority Huguenot communities across the Channel", in Childhood, youth and religious minorities in early modern Europe, ed. Lucy Underwood and Tali Berner, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

Broomhall, Susan. "Channelled affections: Pressure and persuasion in letters to Huguenot refugees in England, 1569–1570", in Feeling Exclusion: Religious Conflict, Exile and Emotions in Early Modern Europe (eds) Giovanni Tarantino and Charles Zika, Routledge.

The Routledge History Handbook to Emotions in Europe, 1100-1700 (eds) Andrew Lynch and Susan Broomhall, Routledge, 2019.

Susan Broomhall, Jane Davidson and Andrew Lynch (general editors) A Cultural History of the Emotions, 6-volume series, Bloomsbury, 2019.

Susan Broomhall and Andrew Lynch (eds), A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Late-Medieval, Reformation and Renaissance Age (1300-1600), Volume 3, Bloomsbury, 2019.

Broomhall, Susan. "Medical and Scientific Understandings," for A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Late-Medieval, Reformation and Renaissance Age (1300-1600), Volume 3 (eds)  Broomhall and Andrew Lynch, Bloomsbury, 2019.

Broomhall, Susan. "Gender, Age, and Identity", A Cultural History of Death in the Renaissance 1450-1650, ed. Gordon Raeburn, Bloomsbury.

Broomhall, Susan. "'Such fragile jewels': The emotional role of porcelain in early modern Jesuit missions", In Changing Hearts: Performing Jesuit Emotions between Europe, Asia and the Americas (eds) Yasmin Haskell and Raphaële Garrod, Brill, 2019.

Broomhall, Susan, "‘let me weep for such a feeling loss': The emotional significance of Shakespeare’s heritage," in Historicising Heritage and Emotions: The Affective Histories of Blood, Stone and Land from Medieval Britain to Colonial Australia (ed.) Alicia Marchant, Routledge, 2019.



Teaching overview

HIST1001: Old Worlds and New Empires: Global History, 1250-1750

HIST3012: Rights, Rule and Power: From Magna Carta to the French Revolution


Susan Broomhall is a historian of early modern Europe whose research explores gender, emotions, science and technologies, knowledge practices, material culture, cultural contact and the heritage of the early modern world.


  • Early modern history
  • European cultural history
  • History of medicine
  • History of print, publication and literature
  • Women's history
  • Women's writing

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Projects 2002 2020

Research Output 1998 2020

Corresponding Romances: Henri II and the last campaigns of the Italian Wars

Broomhall, S., 2018, Writing War in Britain and France, 1370-1854 : A history of emotions. Downes, S., Lynch, A. & O'Loughlin, K. (eds.). First Ed ed. London: Routledge, p. 107-125

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Counsel as performative practice of power in Catherine de' Medici’s early regencies

Broomhall, S., 2018, Queenship and Counsel in Early Modern Europe . Matheson-Pollock, H., Paul, J. & Fletcher, C. (eds.). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 135-159 (Queenship and Power).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter


Courting Nassau Affections: Performing Love in Orange-Nassau Marriage Negotiations

Broomhall, S. & Van Gent, J., 2018, Performing Emotions in Early Europe. Maddern, P., McEwan, J. & Scott, A. (eds.). Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers, p. 133-168 (Early European Research; vol. 11).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Dirk Hartog’s Sea Chest: An Affective Archaeology of VOC Objects in Australia

Broomhall, S. M., 2018, Feeling Things: Objects and Emotions through History. Downes, S., Holloway, S. & Randles, S. (eds.). New York: Oxford University Press, p. 175-191

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter



honors and awards

CHASS Australia Prize for Distinctive Work

Susan Broomhall (Recipient), Jacqueline Van Gent (Recipient), Elizabeth Reid (Recipient), Jane Davidson (Recipient), Melissa Kirkham (Recipient), Erika Von Kaschke (Recipient) & Rebecca Millar (Recipient), 2017

Prize/award: Prize

History of Emotions
Scottish History
Social History of Medicine

Press / Media

Turbulence isn’t just a science problem

Susan Broomhall, Joy Damousi & Ivan Marusic


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media