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Professor Yasmin A HaskellBA(Syd.), PhD(Syd.)

Professor of Latin

Yasmin Haskell

Professor Yasmin A HaskellBA(Syd.), PhD(Syd.)

Professor of Latin

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External positions

Partner Investigator, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions: Europe 1100-1800

1 Jan 2017 → …

Fellow, Australian Academy of the Humanities

2013 → …

Research interests

In 2017 I joined Bristol from the University of Western Australia, Perth, where I was the inaugural Cassamarca Foundation Chair in Latin Humanism (2003-2016). I’m a Latinist and above all a neo-Latinist – I work mainly on the reception of classical texts in the Renaissance and later and on the long Latin tradition.

From 2010-2016 I was one of 10 Foundation Chief Investigators in the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions: Europe 1100-1800 (CHE). I’m still affiliated with CHE as a Partner Investigator and lead research teams and projects on 'Jesuit Emotions' and 'Passions for Learning': I am also the convenor of CHE’s 'Languages and Emotion' research cluster.

My publications have revolved around Latin philosophical/ scientific/ medical poetry, the Latin culture of the early modern Society of Jesus (Jesuits), and the history of emotions and mental health. I’m also perennially curious about the uses of Latin in places and times where it is perhaps least expected (Asia, the Enlightenment…).

My last major funded research project in Australia, ‘Mapping the Latin Enlightenment: Centres and Peripheries’, involved collaborators from Italy, the Netherlands, and Austria, and has provided the impetus to new work in this area in the UK, e.g. at a conference hosted in Oxford last April. I’m currently stacking my Enlightenment, Jesuit, and history of emotions hats in a collaborative project with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute (Innsbruck, Austria) on the use of Latin during the Suppression of the Society of Jesus.

Another interest in Medical Humanities; I helped launch a research network in this area before I left the University of Western Australia.

Last summer I became Director of the Institute for Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition at Bristol, which hosts fellows, awards travel bursaries to Bristol students, organizes lectures, conferences, and public events -- most recently, an historical concert performance of a 17th-century Jesuit Latin musical drama.

In May this year I'm co-ordinating an international workshop on 'The Nature of Poetry and the Poetry of Nature' (incorporating Asian, African, Islamic, Australian Aboriginal as well as European perspectives).

I’ve also worked at the University of Sydney, Australia, and the University of Cambridge, and have enjoyed visiting research fellowships at All Souls College, Oxford, Christ Church College, Oxford, and Trinity College, Cambridge.

Research Supervision

I’ve supervised graduate dissertations on a wide range of topics, including an eighteenth-century Latin poem about gold-mining in Brazil; Lodovico Parisetti’s Renaissance poem on the immortality of the soul; virtuous self-restraint in Valerius Maximus; Ovid and philosophy; Jesuit and Japanese music and drama during the ‘Christian century’; and neo-Latin epic poetry on the Fall of Constantinople. I’ve also supervised and collaborated with postdocs in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, e.g. on a book arising out of a conference we hosted at Trinity College, Cambridge (2013), Changing Hearts: Performing Jesuit Emotions Between Europe, Asia and the Americas (forthcoming from Brill); on the concept of calm versus violent emotions from antiquity to the eighteenth century; and on a panel in Vienna this summer on Japan on the Jesuit stage.

I’d be delighted to welcome new graduate students in Latin literature (especially poetry) and its postclassical reception; neo-Latin studies; Jesuit studies; history of emotion; medical humanities.


This year I am teaching an optional unit on scientific and medical poetry (World Processors: Scientific and Medical Poetry from Parmenides to Padel), elementary Latin (A1 and A2), and a unit on neo-Latin literature (Latin C2).

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11 Woodland Road
United Kingdom