• Susan Broomhall
  • fellow
  • Professor Susan Broomhall FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2012
  • Section: History / European Languages and Cultures

  • Biography:
  • Susan Broomhall is a graduate of the University of Western Australia (BA Hons, 1996; PhD 1999) and of the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance attached to Université François-Rabelais in Tours, France (Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies, 2000). She has primarily published in the field of women and gender in early modern France and the Low Countries. Her books on women in the book trade, in medical knowledge and practice, in religion, and in historiography, heritage and tourism brought a feminist analysis to these cultural innovations of the sixteenth century. She has a continuing interest in early modern women’s writings and has published several modern editions of sixteenth-century Frenchwomen’s prose. More recently her work has expanded to include fields such as families and households, poverty and social welfare, policing, police courts, and masculinity. She is a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, of which she was the Acting Director in 2011. In this role, she researches the relationship of medieval and early modern emotions and objects, with a particular focus on European encounters in the Indian Ocean, Asia and Australia.

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