Yasmin Haskell, P.A.

Professor, BA PhD Syd., FAHA

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • M468
    35 Stirling Highway
    Crawley

    Australia

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Biography

Though I trained as a Classicist most of my research and writing has been on the early modern period. I am a card-carrying ’Neo-Latinist’, meaning that I study Latin literature from and after the Italian Renaissance. After obtaining my doctorate from the University of Sydney (1996) I held a series of research fellowships in Cambridge (UK), before coming to Perth in 2003.

In 2017-18 I served for two years as Chair of Latin and Director of the Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition at The University of Bristol, United Kingdom. Now back in Perth, I hope to help make UWA another such hub for innovative research and teaching in the Classical Tradition.

Roles and responsibilities

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 was a Foundation Chief Investigator (later, Partner Investigator) in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions: Europe 1100-1800, and led research teams and projects working on 'Jesuit Emotions' and 'Passions for Learning': http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/research/researchers/yasmin-haskell.aspx.
(I was also 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.)

My humanities research has connections to medicine and science. In 2016 I helped launch the Medical Humanities Research Network at UWA and since 2021 I am leading a humanities and creative arts team in the 'Living and Working in Space' node of UWA's newly launched International Space Centre, on 'Emotions in Space': https://internationalspacecentre.org/living.

Future research

I am working on several projects in Latin humanism, the Latin Enlightenment, on the literature of the Suppression of the Society of Jesus, and on ‘The Poetry of Nature and the Nature of Poetry in Comparative Perspective’ (the latter growing out of a conference I convened in Bristol in May 2018, with colleagues from Classics, Modern European Languages, Chinese, Linguistics, African Studies, and Environmental and Medical Humanities).

I'm currently researching classical language pedagogy in Europe, Asia and Australia with colleagues from Melbourne, China, Thailand, Singapore, Italy, Germany and the UK.

Funding overview

I have been CI-1 on three ARC Discovery Projects: 'Mapping the Latin Enlightenment: Centres and Peripheries' (2009-2011); 'Psychosomatic Illness in Early Modern Italy: Lessons for Modern Psychiatric Theory and Practice' (2007-2009); and (current): 'The Ancient Today: Living Traditions of Classical Language Education'.

I've also been invited research fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, Christ Church College, Oxford, Trinity College, Cambridge, Boston College, Massachussetts (forgone due to Covid-19), and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

Previous positions

Chair of Latin, Department of Classics and Ancient History, and Director, Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition, University of Bristol (2017-2018)

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow (1999-2002)

Associates' Research Fellow (Newnham College, Cambridge) 1997-1999

Kathleen Hughes Research Fellow (Newnham College, Cambridge) 1995-1996

Current projects

My next book, to be published by Bloomsbury, is provisionally entltled Jesuits at Play: Latin Poetry and Team Spirit in the Early Modern Society of Jesus.

Teaching overview

I currently teach across Latin/ neo-Latin and early modern studies. I welcome graduate students working in the areas of Latin and neo-Latin, classical reception, history of emotion and psychiatry, and Jesuit studies.

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).

External positions

Fellow, Australian Academy of the Humanities

2013 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Latin literature
  • Science and poetry
  • History of emotions
  • History of psychiatry
  • Early modern Jesuits
  • Classical tradition
  • Medical humanities

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