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Yasmin Haskell

Professor, BA PhD Syd.

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 2.07, Arts Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Though I trained as a classicist my research and writing has been chiefly in early modern literary and intellectual history and Classical Tradition/ Classical Reception Studies. After 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. Prof. Mary Beard recently praised Bristol’s ‘distinctively radical‘ classics department and wrote that ‘it was instrumental in getting the rest of the classical world in this country to think harder about all kinds of theoretical issues that classicists can sometimes leave to one side... They’ve also got a really interesting institute for the study of reception: the history of the classical world in modern culture. It’s one of the things I’m most interested in.’

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:

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':

I am the convenor of the 'Languages and Emotion' cluster in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions:

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.

Funding overview

I was CI-1 on two ARC Discovery Projects: 'Mapping the Latin Enlightenment: Centres and Peripheries' (2009-2011) and 'Psychosomatic Illness in Early Modern Italy: Lessons for Modern Psychiatric Theory and Practice' (2007-2009). I have also been invited as visiting research fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge (2013-14), Christchurch College, Oxford (2011), and All Souls College, Oxford (2009).

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

At the time of writing I am preparing to revise for publication, among other things, the 39th Erasmus Anniversary Lecture, which I delivered in Amsterdam on 9 November 2018, on Erasmus and the Health of Scholars. I have several talks and papers lined up for January, in Swansea, London and Berlin, on subjects from early modern epic to the poetry of science.

Teaching overview

I welcome graduate students working in the areas of Latin and neo-Latin studies, classical reception studies, history of emotion and psychiatry, and Jesuit studies.


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 → …


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

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Projects 2004 2012

Network for Early European Research

Scott, A., Sharpe, P., Broomhall, S., Burrows, T., Crawford, P., Haskell, Y., Lynch, A., Maddern, P., Tunley, D., White, R., Wortham, C., Scott, J., Barnes, G., Bennett, M., Broad, J., Davis, L., Eckstein, N., Ferber, D., Fitzmaurice, A., Freeman, E., Fulton, H., Gaukroger, S., Gillett, A., Green, K., Hall, D., Kent, F., Kolsky, S., Lemmings, D., Manion, M., Mews, C., Newbigin, N., D'Arcens, L., Ruys, J., Sankey, M., Sherlock, P., Stockigt, J., Trigg, S., Walker, C., Ward, J., Warner, L., Zika, C., Griffiths, J., Prest, W., Clunies Ross, M., Yeo, R., Curry, R., Condren, C., Holbrook, P., Muir, B. & Cassidy Welch, M.

Australian Research Council


Project: Research

Research Output 2001 2019


Haskell, Y. & Garrod, R., 2019, Changing Hearts: Performing Jesuit Emotions Between Europe, Asia and the Americas. Garrod, R. & Haskell, Y. (eds.). Netherlands: Brill, Vol. 15. p. 1-22 22 p. (Jesuit Studies: Modernity Through the Prism of Jesuit History).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Performing the Passions: Pierre Brumoy’s De Motibus Animi between Dramatic and Didactic Poetry

Haskell, Y., 3 Jan 2019, Changing Hearts: Performing Jesuit Emotions Between Europe, Asia and the Americas. Haskell, Y. & Garrod, R. (eds.). Leiden: Brill, p. 43-62 (Jesuit Studies: Modernity through the Prism of Jesuit History; vol. 15).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Calm and Violent Passions: A Genealogy of a Distinction from Quintilian to Hume

Essary, K. & Haskell, Y., 1 Jan 2018, In : Erudition and the Republic of Letters. 3, 1, p. 55-81 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Rhetorical Tradition

Changing Hearts: Performing Jesuit Emotions Between Europe, Asia and the Americas

Haskell, Y. (ed.) & Garrod, R. (ed.), 2018, (Accepted/In press) Netherlands: Brill. (Jesuit Studies)

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book/Anthology

Latinitas Iesu: Neo-Latin writing and the literary-emotional communities of the Old Society of Jesus

Haskell, Y., Apr 2018, Oxford Handbook of the Jesuits. Županov, I. G. (ed.). United States: Oxford University Press, 29 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Society of Jesus
Latin Language

Activities 2013 2018

  • 2 Examination
  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Invited talk

Sic me coluere minores: la fortuna di Ovidio

Yasmin Haskell (Participant)
15 Nov 201816 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Erasmus and the Health of Scholars

Yasmin Haskell (Speaker)
9 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

External Examiner of PhD

Yasmin Haskell (Examiner)

Activity: Examination typesExamination

External Examiner of PhD

Yasmin Haskell (Examiner)
2017 → …

Activity: Examination typesExamination

Brill (Publisher)

Yasmin Haskell (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity