Cultural History of the Emotions

Choler in Peacham's Minerva Brittana (1619)After my paper on masculinity and anger in early modern revenge tragedies at the ESSHC conference in Lissabon, I was invited to what promises to be an exciting workshop on the cultural history of the emotions in the early modern period in Umeå, Sweden this October. The call for papers is open until 15 May:

Cultural History of Emotions in Premodernity

An international workshop organized by CHEP, The Interdisciplinary Network on the Cultural History of Emotions in Premodernity. 23-26 October 2008, Umeå University, Sweden.

Keynote speakers

Barbara Rosenwein, Loyola University Chicago
“A Theory and Its Limits:
The Emotions of Thomas Aquinas and His Disciples.”

Anne C. Vila, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“’Finer’ Feelings: A Zoology of the Over-Delicate
in Eighteenth-Century and early Nineteenth-Century France.”

We invite submissions for papers and 20-minute talks from scholars and postgraduate students within the disciplines of arts and humanities who are interested in the history of emotions in the premodern period (i.e., up to the turn of the18th century), for a three-day workshop to be held at Umeå University, Sweden, in October 2008.

We welcome contributions on all aspects of the cultural history of emotions, from as diverse approaches as possible, albeit within history, history of ideas, arts, musicology, politics, philosophy, religious or gender studies. We are especially interested in contributions on the following topics: emotions as a historical concept, emotions in religious and political contexts, rhetoric and politics, cultural expressions and historical repertoires of emotions, the history of gestures, and expressions emotions and gender.

Please send a one-page abstracts by e-mail before May 1 2008 to: jonas[dot]liliequist[at]historia[dot]umu[dot]se.

Notification of acceptance and programme May 15, 2008 The workshop will provide the basis for an electronic and/or printed publication of selected papers.

See also the conference website.

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