Susan Broomhall

Professor, BA PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 2.01, Arts Building, Crawley campus

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Susan Broomhall is Professor of History at The University of Western Australia. Her research explores women and gender; emotions; science, technologies, and knowledge practices; material culture; cultural contact and global encounters; and the heritage of the early modern world.

Roles and responsibilities

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.

Series Editor of "Early European Research", published by Brepols.

Advisory Board, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

Advisory Board, Centre for the Study of Emotions in Cross-Cultural Exchange, Croatia

Advisory Board, Pakistan Journal of Historical Studies (Indiana UP)

Editorial Board, Early Modern French Studies (Taylor & Francis)

Advisory Board, Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies (online)

Current projects

Chief Investigator, Korea Research Centre (Academy of Korean Studies, 2020-2025) With Joanna Elfving-Hwang, Sam Han and Nicola Fraschini.

Project Leader, with Ivan Marusic and Joy Damousi, of the interdisciplinary research program, "The Turbulence Project", where she researches the work of Leonardo da Vinci.

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

International Observer, 'People in Motion: Entangled Histories of Displacement Across the Mediterranean, 1492-1923' (EU COST Action, 2019-2022), led by Giovanni Tarantino (University of Florence)

Advisory Group, '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, "Precarious voices: Joseon women’s expression as a product of the Imjin Waeran", in Embodying Precarity: Creative Responses in Korean Society and Culture, eds. Joanna Elfving-Hwang, Sam Han, Nicola Fraschini and Broomhall, in development.

Broomhall, Susan. Gender and agency in Jesuit circulations across East Asia, 1580-1650, ARC Humanities Press, contracted.

Broomhall, Susan and James Daybell, Glove Cultures in Early Modern England, Amsterdam UP, contracted.

Broomhall, Susan. 'Catherine de Médicis, la politique et les émotions, ou la pratique d'une politique d'émotions'. Catherine de Médicis. Actes du colloque de Blois, 2019. eds Caroline zum Kolk and Guillaume Fonkenell. 

Broomhall, Susan. "Early modern histories of fire on the Australian continent,' English Historical Review, forthcoming.

Broomhall, Susan and Ivan Marusic. "Leonardo da Vinci and Fluid Mechanics," Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, 20201, forthcoming.

Broomhall, Susan. "Feeling Power: Gender and political authority in early modern France," in The Routledge Handbook for French History, ed. David Andress.

Broomhall, Susan. "Controlling powerful women: the emotional historiography of Catherine de Medici," Recovering Women's Past, ed. Séverine Genieys-Kirk.

Broomhall, Susan. Gender and the Dutch East India Company, Amsterdam UP, contracted.

Broomhall, Susan. "Le rôle des émotions genrées dans le cadre de la ratification du Traité de Cambrai, 1529-1530". La Paix des Dames. eds Laure Fagnart and Nicolas Le Roux. Presses universitaires François-Rabelais.

Broomhall, Susan. "Alter-egos: Mediterranean agents negotiating identity at the dawn of the Franco-Ottoman alliance". Significant Others: Aspects of Alterity in the Premodern World, eds Zita Rohr and Jonathan Spangler.

Broomhall, Susan. "Voicing sexual and social resistance in seventeenth-century Manila" Strident Voices, Dissenting Bodies: Subaltern Women's Narratives, eds Samraghni Bonnerjee and Ethel Maqeda, Routledge.

Broomhall, Susan. The Identities of Catherine de' Medici, Brill, forthcoming.

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

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

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.

Research expertise keywords

  • Early modern history
  • Women's history
  • Global history
  • Emotions in history
  • History of science, medicine and environment
  • Women's writing and publication
  • Material culture history


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