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Professor Yasmin Haskell

Cassamarca Foundation Chair in Latin Humanism
Classics and Ancient History

Contact details
Classics and Ancient History
The University of Western Australia (M204)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 1632
+61 8 6488 1069
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Room 2.07, Arts Building, Crawley campus
BA PhD Syd.
Though I trained as a classicist my research and writing has been chiefly in early modern literary and intellectual history and what used to be known as the 'Classical Tradition' but is now called '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.

My first book, 'Loyola's Bees: Ideology and Industry in Jesuit Latin Didactic Poetry' (Oxford: British Academy and Oxford University Press, 2003) was a winner of the British Academy Postdoctoral Monographs competition. In it I explored scientific poetry on subjects from the medicinal uses of chocolate to electricity. More recently I have edited a widely reviewed collection, *Diseases of the Imagination and Imaginary Disease in the Early Modern Period* (Turnhout: Brepols, 2011), and explored the contexts in which Latin continued to be used during the Enlightenment: *Prescribing Ovid: The Latin Works and Networks of the Enlightened Dr Heerkens* (London: Bloomsbury, 2013).
Key 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).
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
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 received
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).
Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Honours and awards
Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
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
New and noteworthy
Current projects
Some projects in train include a co-authored book (with medievalist Juanita Ruys, University of Sydney) on 'Passions for Learning', and a related conference which I am co-organizing with Prof. Mordechai Feingold (CalTech).

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Research profile
Research profile and publications

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