Faces of Emotion: Medieval to Postmodern

22 octobre 2012
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Source: ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

This interdisciplinary collaboratory, hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, will analyse the expression and communication of emotion, using the face as a central medium. Papers will range from medieval Europe to contemporary global culture, and the conference will include a public lecture on the evening of December 5 by Professor C. Stephen Jaeger on the 2011 ‘silent’ film, The Artist, reflecting on various emotive, expressive and charismatic faces of earlier periods and their impact on an audience.

Date:
5th – 7th December 2012

Venue:
The University of Melbourne

Convenors:
Stephanie Downes  (stephanie.downes@unimelb.com.au)
Stephanie Trigg (sjtrigg@unimelb.edu.au)

RSVP and further enquiries:
Jessie Scott (jessica.scott@unimelb.edu.au)

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Further information:
The Mona Lisa captivates us again and again, not only for what her smile communicates, but also for what it leaves unspoken and unreadable. Faces can express emotions, or withhold them, just as they both invite and resist our scrutiny. Many academic disciplines and artistic and cultural practices are fascinated by the face and its capacity to express emotion, from art, literature, cinema, photography, drama and biography to sociology, politics, psychology, cultural studies and anthropology. Questions of performance, historical change and cultural difference further complicate the relationship between emotions and the face.
This interdisciplinary collaboratory, hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, will analyse the expression and communication of emotion, using the face as a central medium. Papers will range from medieval Europe to contemporary global culture, and the conference will include a public lecture on the evening of December 5 by Professor C. Stephen Jaeger on the 2011 ‘silent’ film, The Artist, reflecting on various emotive, expressive
and charismatic faces of earlier periods and their impact on an audience.
Presentations and performances in the collaboratory will address these wider research questions:
•    historical change: what narratives, patterns, contrasts, or contradictions emerge over time? What mental, social and cultural processes help us order and recognise faces and emotions?
•    racial, cultural and linguistic encounters: how do European and Indigenous understandings, representations and definitions of facial emotion compare or conflict?
•    textual, performative and visual representations: how might various forms of art, past and present, translate facial emotion? Does formal portraiture hinder or flatten emotion?
Presenters have been invited to meditate on the broader methodological implications of the material they present. We hope for a lively exchange of ideas over the course of the collaboratory, and have left plenty of time for discussion about emotions and the face to range beyond the papers themselves: the full participation of presenters and audience members is actively encouraged.
Confirmed participants include Eileen Joy, Jonathan Lamb, Stephen Knight, Paul James, Louise d’Arcens, Kim Phillips, Vivien Gaston, Joanna Gilmour, Charles Zika, Meredith Jones, Ottmar Lipp and others.


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Bibliographie de l’histoire des émotions

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A Research Program on Emotions in the Middle Ages

The question of the theories and practices associated with emotion, albeit crucial to the understanding of human societies and their organization, is virtually uncharted territory for historical anthropology. The aim of the research team gathered around project EMMA is to investigate various sources to show the relevance of a historical anthropology of emotions and affective phenomena applied to the Middle Ages.

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