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Personal profile


Susan Broomhall is Professor of History at The University of Western Australia. She currently holds an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. 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

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.

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

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

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.

Project Team Researcher, "Marriage Migration in Asia" (World Universities Network Grant, 2018-9: 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)

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)


Forthcoming research:

Broomhall, Susan. The Nature of Nature in the French Renaissance, in development.

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. The Identities of Catherine de' Medici, Brill, contracted.

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

Broomhall, Susan. "Alter-egos: Mediterranean agents negotiating identity at the dawn of the Franco-Ottoman alliance"

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

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

Gaynor, Andrea, Susan Bromhall and Andy Flack, 'Frogs and feeling communities: a study in history of emotions and environmental history', Environment and History, 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. "Early modern emotions and global encounter as gender history: The Dutch East India Company in Korea", Sixteenth Century Journal (2019)

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. "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. "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. "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.


  • 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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Emotion Arts & Humanities
France Arts & Humanities
History Arts & Humanities
Affective Arts & Humanities
Early Modern Europe Arts & Humanities
Authority Arts & Humanities
Interaction Arts & Humanities
French Court Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 1998 2019

A Cultural History of the Emotions. 6 volumes

Lynch, A. (ed.), Broomhall, S. (ed.) & Davidson, J. (ed.), 21 Feb 2019, 1 ed. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book/Anthology

Cultural History
Human History

A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Late-Medieval, Reformation, and Renaissance Age

Lynch, A. (ed.) & Broomhall, S. (ed.), 21 Feb 2019, 1 ed. London: Bloomsbury Academic. 209 p. (A Cultural History of the Emotions)

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book/Anthology

Catherine's Tears: diplomatic corporeality, affective performance, and gender at the sixteenth-century French court

Broomhall, S., 30 Sep 2019, Fluid Bodies and Bodily Fluids in Premodern Europe: Bodies, Blood, and Tears in Literature, Theology and Art. Scott, A. & Barbezat, M. (eds.). ARC Humanities Press, p. 55-72 (ARC - Borderlines).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Cross-Channel Affections: Pressure and persuasion in letters to Calvinist refugees in England, 1569–1570

Broomhall, S., 4 Nov 2019, Feeling Exclusion : Religious Conflict, Exile and Emotions in Early Modern Europe. Tarantino, G. & Zika, C. (eds.). 1 ed. Routledge, p. 27-43

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Diplomatic Emotions: International Relations as Gendered Acts of Power

Broomhall, S., 2019, The Routledge History of Emotions in Europe, 1100-1800. Lynch, A. & Broomhall, S. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 283-302 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

International Relations

Projects 2002 2020


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


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

Once upon a time: A brief history of children’s literature

Susan Broomhall, Joanne McEwan & Stephanie Tarbin


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media