Unsettling Certainties: Exhibiting Emotion

Lydia Yeoman (Curator), Rachel Fischer (Curator), Amy Dale (Curator), Katie Barclay (Curator), Vesna Drapac (Curator)

Research output: Non-traditional research outputExhibition


This online exhibition supports the Fourth Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Emotions and explores the theme of Unsettling Certainties through a selection of artworks, objects and historical texts from the University of Adelaide’s collection.

Unsettling Certainties: Emotions Exhibited investigates the embodied experience of emotion and invites you to consider the shifts which occur when certainties are unsettled or when certainties unsettle.

To live in uncertain times is to consider the possibilities of past, present and future anew. What was known is reopened for question and the futures built on such knowing becomes a pressing concern. Foundations are shaken, people moved. This exhibition uses emotion as an access point to exploring how people have embodied experiences of historical change and transformation, and how they used feeling to respond to unsettlings and to affirm certainties.

A collection of works from the University of Adelaide’s rare books, manuscripts and art collections will be on display on Level 1 of the Barr Smith Library from the 29th November.

Curated by Lydia Yeomans, Rachel Fisher, Amy Dale, Katie Barclay and Vesna Drapac. With thanks to the organising committee for the Fourth Biennial Conference of the History of Emotions; University of Adelaide Library; Department of Classical and Historical Studies and Faculty of ABLE, University of Adelaide.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes


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