Unsettling Certainties: Emotions Exhibited

Portrait of a Lady. Kevin Connor, 1965.
University of Adelaide Art Collection

As part of our Fourth Biennial Conference, The Society for the History of Emotions are delighted to host an exhibition on Unsettling Certainties: Emotions Exhibited from the 29th November to December 1. The exhibit, curated by Lydia Yeomans, Rachel Fisher, Amy Dale, Katie Barclay and Vesna Drapac, explores the theme of Unsettling Certainties through a selection of artworks, objects and historical texts from the University of Adelaide’s collection.

Divided into four themes (Certain Embodiments, Settling Bodies, Disturbing Worlds, and Ground Feelings), this exhibit is designed to investigate the embodied experience of emotion and invite you to consider the shifts which occur when certainties are unsettled or when certainties unsettle.

Those attending the conference in-person can visit this exciting display by going to Level 1 of the Barr Smith Library (University of Adelaide) from the 29th November. Those attending online can get a taste of the exhibition and its contents by visiting our Online Exhibition.

A series of blog posts by Sonia Cancian, Kirk Essary, and Diane G. Barnes offering reflections on this exhibit can also be found on the Histories of Emotions website.