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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 Crawley


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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.

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 am currently a Chief Investigator in the Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions: Europe 1100-1800, and lead 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 currently developing a project with partners at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies (Austria) on the literature and emotions surrounding the Suppression of the Old Society of Jesus (1773). I'll be giving a keynote on this subject at a conference at the Institute for Advanced Jesuits Studies, Boston College, in June this year.

Funding overview

I was CI-1 on two recent 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 recently been invited as visiting research fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge (2013-14), Christchurch College, Oxford (2011), and All Souls College, Oxford (2009).

Previous positions

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

A colloquium in 5-6 November at UWA on 'Passions for Learning in Religious Perspective', co-organized by Prof. Mordechai Feingold (CalTech) and Dr Kirk Essary (UWA).

See also:

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).


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

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Projects 2004 2012

Research Output 2001 2018

Rhetorical Tradition

Medicine and science

Haskell, Y. A. 2017 Early Modern Emotions: An Introduction. S. B. (ed.). Oxford: Routledge, p. 257-260 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Poetic Flights or Retreats: Latin Lucretian Poems in Sixteenth-Century Italy

Haskell, Y. A. 2016 Lucretius and the Early Modern. Norbrook, D., Harrison, S. & Hardie, P. (eds.). United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, p. 91-121 31 p. (Classical Presences)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Suppressed Emotions: The Heroic Tristia of Portuguese (ex-)Jesuit, Emanuel de Azevedo

Haskell, Y. 2016 In : Journal of Jesuit Studies. 3, 1, p. 42-60 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Latin Verse

Arts and Games of Love: Genre, Gender and Special Friendships in Eighteenth-Century Jesuit Poetry

Haskell, Y. 2015 Ordering Emotions in Europe, 1100-1800. Broomhall, S. (ed.). Leiden: Brill, Vol. 195, p. 225-244 (Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)