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Colloque : Owning Our Emotions — Emotion, Authenticity and the Self

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International Research Conference

21–22 September 2016
Senate House, London

Registration for this conference is now open
(closing date 8 September 2016)

To register, please visit the conference registration website here and follow the links and instructions. If you have any questions, please address any inquires to

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Our keynote speakers

  • Professor Monika Betzler, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich
  • Professor Kristján Kristjánsson, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Denis McManus, University of Southampton
  • Dr Carolyn Price, The Open University
  • Professor Fabrice Teroni, University of Geneva
  • Dr Jonathan Webber, University of Cardiff
  • Professor Christine Straehle, University of Ottowa*
  • Professor Justin White, Brigham Young University*
  • Mr Daniel Vanello, University of Warwick*

*selected by blind peer review

Conference themes

How do emotions relate to the self?  On one possible view, emotions stand outside the self: they reflect biological drives or cultural demands independent of – perhaps even inimical to – the subject’s own interests or values; when we act out of emotion, we are driven to act by psychological forces external to ourselves. But on another view, our emotional dispositions help to constitute who we are; words and deeds that come ‘from the heart’ are judged to have a special kind of worth, arising from their authenticity. In everyday contexts, people seem to think about emotion in both these ways, depending on the situation. But can these two views be reconciled? And if not, which view comes closer to the truth?
The purpose of this conference is to throw light on these questions, capitalising on the progress that has been made in the philosophy of emotion in recent years, as well as drawing on studies in the history of philosophy and on a range of philosophical traditions.

Directions for conference delegates

For a printable map of Senate House and nearest London underground and railway stations, please click on How to get to Senate House. Senate House is part of the University of London and helpful advice on different options for travel and transport are available here.

The conference is organized by the Philosophy Department of the Open University in conjunction with Department’s Reasons and Norms research group. It is supported by the Mind Association and by the Institute of Philosophy. For questions about the conference, please contact our conference administrator Ms Yvonne Bartley at


Conférence : Between the Lines: Discerning Affect and Emotion in Pre-Modern Texts, Columbia University, NY, 29-30 September 2016


All conference events will take place in the Columbia University Faculty House Seminar Room 1 with the exception of Thursday night’s dinner, which will take place in the Faculty House dining room.  Any changes to the venue will be posted in the entry foyer of the Faculty House. For directions to Faculty House, see:

THURSDAY, September 29th 2016:

Arrival, 3:00-3:15pm

Coffee and tea provided

Welcome, 3:15-3:30pm

Session #1: Teaching and Learning Emotion, 3:30-5:00pm

Irina Dumitrescu, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, moderator

“Embarrassment: Losing Face in Rhetorical School Texts of the Central Middle Ages”

Monika Otter, Dartmouth College

Swiðe swete to belcettan: Affective Eruptions in the Old English Boethius”

Jennifer A. Lorden, University of California, Berkeley

“Medieval Stupor”

Thomas Prendergast, College of Wooster

Coffee Break, 5:00-5:15pm

Keynote Lecture: « Making Up People Between the Lines, » 5:15-7:00pm

Fiona Somerset, University of Connecticut

Stephanie Trigg, University of Melbourne, introduction

FRIDAY, September 30th 2016

Arrival/Breakfast, 8:15-8:45am

Welcome, 8:45-9:00am

Session #2: Empathy and Compassion, 9:00-10:30am

Patricia Dailey, Columbia University, moderator

Car je n’ay plus sens ne memoire: Feeling Other People’s Demons in Medieval French Theater”

Andreea Marculescu, University of California, Irvine

“Emotional Contagion in the Middle Ages”

Beatrice Delaurenti, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociale

“Griselda’s Swoon: Historicizing Medieval Affect Alongside Emotion”

Glenn Burger, Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center

Coffee Break, 10:30-10:45am

Session #3: Images and Objects, 10:45am-12:15pm

Lauren Mancia, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, moderator

“Performing Emotion in the Sculpted Deposition”

Julia Perratore, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Tears for Abraham? The Sacrifice of Isaac in Anglo-Saxon Imagination”

Shu-han Luo, Yale University

“Feeling in the Margins in Fifteenth-Century Prayer Books”

Sara M. Weisweaver, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lunch, 12:15-1:30pm

Session #4: Affections in Community, 1:30-3:00pm

Piroska Nagy, Université du Québec à Montréal, moderator

“Private Emotions and Public Display: Normative Court Community in Castile-Leon, c. 1250-1350”

Kim Bergqvist, Stockholm University

“Can Emotions Make Law?: Collective Trauma, Apostasy and Legal Responsiveness in Fifteenth Century Austrian Jewry”

Tamar Menashe, Columbia University

“Jealousy (ghayra) in Pre-Modern Islamic Constructions of Masculinity”

Marion H. Katz, New York University

Break, 3:00-3:15pm

Session #5: Affective Genres, 3:15-4:45pm

Stephanie Trigg, University of Melbourne, moderator

“The Abstemious Affect of the Couplet Genre in Early Modern South Asian Devotional Poetry”

Manpreet Kaur, Columbia University

“Negative Interiority: Unruly Feelings in Premodern Korean Fiction”

Ksenia Chizhova, Princeton University

“Moving the Soul: Exegesis and Medieval Psychology in Simone Fidati’s De Gestis Domini Salvatoris »

Xavier Biron-Ouellet, Université du Québec à Montréal

Closing Discussion, 4:45-5:30pm

Jesus Rodriguez Velasco, Columbia University


Emotion and Evidence in the Late Medieval and Early Modern World

indexEmotion and Evidence in the Late Medieval and Early Modern World


09:30-10:00 Registration and Welcome (Prof Chris Williams, SHARE Head of School) 10:00-11:00 Session One: Emotion and Litigation

Anna Boeles Rowland (Oxford University) – Emotional Objects: Material Culture, the Emotional Turn and Marital Litigation in Late Medieval London.

Anna Field (Cardiff University) – Emotion and crimes against the coin in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century England

11:00-11:30 Coffee

11:30-12:00 Keynote: Garthine Walker (Cardiff University) – Thinking, Feeling and Doing: Problematizing Emotions in the History of Early Modern Crime

12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:30 Session Two: Tracing Devotion

Kati Ihnat (Bristol University) – ‘Let no-one… be a friend to the Jews’: Searching for Christian emotions towards Jews in devotional sources

Laura Kalas Williams (Exeter University) – ‘The Birth of Fear and Loathing: the (Un)Making of Margery Kempe in Additional MS 61823’

Rachel Basch (Royal Holloway) – ‘“In the time of her adversity.” Recovering the emotions of bishops’ wives

14:30-15:00 Coffee

15:00-15:30 Keynote: Miri Rubin (Queen Mary University of London) – Emotion, Devotion and Evidence: The Work So Far

15:30-15:45 Break

15:45-17:15 Session Three: Proscription, Practice and Emotional Response

Abby Johns (Cardiff University) – Discovering Deviant Expressions of Grief in Popular Print

Emma Levitt (University of Huddersfield) – “The greater pity is!” Restoring English masculinity and pride in the reign of Edward IV

William Tullett (King’s College London) – Habituation, Emotion, and the Olfactory Archive of Eighteenth-Century England.

17:15-17:30 Closing Remarks
17:30 Drinks Reception – Room 4.45 of the John Percival Building

Appel à communication : Discerning Affect and Emotion in Pre-Modern Texts — New York, 3 septembre 2016

Call for Papers

 Between the Lines:

Discerning Affect and Emotion in Pre-Modern Texts

 Co-Sponsored by The Columbia University Seminar on Affect Studies

& the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE)

 Columbia University Faculty House

Friday, September 30, 2016

Keynote speaker:

Fiona Somerset, Professor, Department of English, University of Connecticut

 This conference addresses multiple challenges in the study of affect and emotion in the pre-modern period.  To what extent can we assume commensurability between contemporary definitions and understandings of affect or emotion and earlier, pre-modern iterations? Can we historicize affect? How do we? One strategy is to read across the surface in pre-modern works, looking for the explicit naming of emotional states (for example, “anger” or “joy”) and the gestures and expressions associated with those states; but another might be to read between the lines and find less discursively obvious articulations of affect or emotion. How, for example, do we discern or quantify affect in a culture that might value understatement and reserve? How do we read the absence, or indeed, the extremes of emotional expression or affect in texts? How do cultural texts (artistic, literary, religious etc.) contribute to the history of emotions? And how do we account for emotional change across time?

Papers for this conference should address these themes in pre-modern texts (pre-1500) from around the world.  “Texts” can be constructed loosely, as written, oral, aural, visual, literary, political, administrative, religious, etc.

Possible ideas include, but are not limited to:

  • evaluating the representations of emotions in the past via word study
  • understanding normative associations of emotions with genders, or with specific types figures (heroes, demons, etc.) and genres.
  • exploring how to discern emotional experience that is not categorized, or categorizable
  • recognizing mixed emotions
  • exploring the role of gestures, facial expressions, movements in art and literature
  • interpreting the absence of emotional expression or affect altogether
  • reading the filiation of certain emotions with the presence of faith/obedience, or with practices of conversion and devotion and the cultivation of community
  • tracing unstated, unnamed emotions
  • making associations between emotions and visual culture
  • aligning the modern or contemporary interest in emotions and affects with the pre-modern
  • interrogating the relation between emotions and conceptions of private and public life in the pre-modern
  • reading emotions in cross-cultural encounters
  • pedagogy and pre-modern affect


Submission deadline for abstracts: May 1, 2016. Abstracts of 300 words accompanied by a brief biographical paragraph should be submitted to conference organizers Patricia Dailey and Lauren Mancia (Columbia University Seminar on Affect Studies) and Stephanie Trigg (University of Melbourne/ARC CHE): Papers should be up to 20 minutes in length.

Subventions for travel or lodging will be available to graduate students giving papers. To apply for a subvention, write an additional paragraph explaining how this paper and conference fit into your larger program of graduate study, what funds you already have access to, and what approximate costs you will have in traveling to and staying near Columbia for the conference. Submit this paragraph along with your abstract and biographical paragraph by May 1, 2016.


L’Epopée sensible – Les émotions de l’Europe médiévale et le discours épique (17-18 mars 2016, ENS Lyon)

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L’Epopée sensible – Les émotions de l’Europe médiévale et le discours épique


Jeudi 17 mars (ENS de Lyon, Amphithéâtre Descartes)

13 h 30           Accueil

Session I : Introduction et généralités
Présidente de séance : Muriel Ott (Strasbourg)

14 h                 Ouverture
14 h 15           Beate Langenbruch & Pablo Justel (ENS de Lyon) :
« Introduction et état des lieux : les recherches sur l’épopée médiévale européenne et l’émotion »
14 h 45           Damien Boquet (Aix-Marseille) :
« Vers une anthropologie médiévale des émotions »
15 h 15           François Suard (Paris Ouest Nanterre) :
« Émotion et création du personnage épique (Chanson de Roland, Chanson de Guillaume, Raoul de Cambrai) »

Session II : La Performance, ses moyens et ses réponses émotionnelles
Président de séance : François Suard (Paris Ouest Nanterre)

16 h 30           Jean Maurice (Rouen) :
« Les aspects théâtraux du texte épique et leur performance »
17 h                Hubert Heckmann (Rouen) :
« Y a-t-il des Pathosformeln dans la chanson de geste ? »
17 h 30           Antoni Rossell (Barcelone) :
« Chanson de geste romane : Une reconstruction musicale pour l’interprétation des émotions »

Vendredi 18 mars (ENS de Lyon, Amphithéâtre Descartes)

Session III : Les Affects dans les antagonismes guerriers
Présidente de séance : Laurence Moulinier (Lyon 2)

9 h                   Alberto Montaner (Saragosse) :
« Sensibilité insensible ? Les émotions de la lutte »
9 h 30             Evamaria Freienhofer (Berlin) :
« Colère et pouvoir – une toute nouvelle conception de la Chanson de Roland au Rolandslied »
10 h                Ingvil Brügger Budal (Bergen) :
« French Feelings – the Norse way. Emotions in the translated riddarasögur »
10 h 30            Jean-Claude Vallecalle (Lyon 2) :
« La colère du héros dans l’épopée franco-italienne du xive siècle »


Session IV : Émotions transcendantes
Président de séance : Alberto Montaner (Saragosse)

11 h 45           Francisco Bautista (Salamanque) :
« El héroe misterioso : religiosidad y maravilla en la tradición heroica castellana »
12 h 15           Diego Bejarano (Saragosse) :
« La emoción espiritual en la épica española : del Cantar de mio Cid a La Araucana »


13 h                Déjeuner

Session V : Communautés épiques
Présidente de séance : Corinne Füg-Pierreville (Lyon 3)

14 h 15           Philippe Haugeard (Orléans) :
« Les émotions familiales dans la chanson de geste : l’exemple de Garin le Loherenc »
14 h 45           Pablo Justel (ENS de Lyon) :
« La joie du Cantar de mio Cid »
15 h 15           Carlos Heusch (ENS de Lyon) :
« De l’amitié épique à l’amitié chevaleresque »
15 h 45           Emma Goodwin (Oxford) :
« Stratégies discursives qui visent à construire une identité nationale ? Une comparaison de quelques chansons de geste »

17 h                Clôture


Comité scientifique : Beate Langenbruch & Pablo Justel (ENS de Lyon/Saragosse, CIHAM)
Damien Boquet (Aix-Marseille, TELEMMe)

Notre manifestation s’inscrit dans l’histoire des émotions en étudiant les manifestations de ces dernières dans les discours épiques de l’Europe médiévale. Depuis longtemps, les recherches sur la chanson de geste, les épopées franco-italiennes, espagnoles, allemandes ou norroises du Moyen Âge se sont intéressées à la construction du personnage épique, parfois avec des apports intéressants sur le plan théorique et pratique, mais sans toujours réussir à éviter l’écueil du psychologisme ou celui d’une vision somme toute descriptive.
Dans le contexte des recherches naissantes et des publications récentes qui renouvellent notre connaissance du monde intime et sensible du Moyen Âge, tant du côté des historiens que de celui des littéraires* , il paraît nécessaire d’échanger sur les acquis et les méthodes et de faire se rencontrer des spécialistes représentatifs de différents pays européens et de leurs littératures épiques respectives. Naturellement, les questions d’anthropologie historique et de comparatisme se conjugueront à celles qu’on peut formuler à propos du genre littéraire, afin de mesurer la spécificité de l’expression, de la représentation et de la réponse émotionnelle que produit et suscite le discours épique médiéval.
Après avoir posé les bases de notre réflexion collective, qui montrera la particulière pertinence de la question des émotions pour l’épopée médiévale et ses héros (Session I : Introduction et généralités), nous nous intéresserons à la question de la performance. Comment les procédés formels, spectaculaires et/ou musicaux, puis les aspects de théâtralité font-ils surgir rire et pathos, douleur et colère (Session II : La Performance, ses moyens et ses réponses émotionnelles) ?
Quelles sont ensuite les émotions complexes qui se font jour dans l’opposition des forces belligérantes et leur représentation manichéenne ? Comment comprendre l’intrication des émotions individuelles et collectives, dès lors que la colère ou la haine peuvent prendre une place au moins aussi importante que l’amitié ou l’amour, comme dans le Cycle de Guillaume d’Orange, le Cantar de mio Cid ou le Ruotlandes liet (Session III : Les Affects dans les antagonismes guerriers) ? Dans quelle mesure le sentiment religieux et le lien à la transcendance intègrent-ils les codes du genre, perceptibles par exemple dans la prière du plus grand péril, ou les évidentes affinités que l’épopée entretient avec le discours hagiographique (Session IV : Émotions transcendantes) ? Comment les sociétés de l’Europe médiévale se construisent-elles grâce aux liens émotionnels qui les resserrent dans et par l’épopée (Session V : Communautés épiques) ?

Les communications et débats de cette manifestation se verront publiés dans des actes.

Ce colloque international organisé par le CIHAM (UMR 5648) a bénéficié de l’aide du Fonds Recherche de l’ENS de Lyon et du programme de recherche espagnol Formas de la Épica Hispánica: Tradiciones y Contextos Históricos II (FEHTYCH II) dirigé par Alberto Montaner, que nous remercions pour leur généreux soutien. Nous sommes également reconnaissants à l’agence Lyon Gerland Debourg de la BNP Paribas pour l’impression des supports de communication, puis au TNP de Villeurbanne et à Julien Tiphaine pour la mise en espace de sa Chanson de Roland lors d’une séance spéciale à l’ENS de Lyon.

* Damien Boquet et Piroska Nagy, Sensible Moyen Âge. Une histoire des émotions dans l’Occident médiéval, Paris, Seuil, 2015 (L’Univers historique) ; La Chair des émotions, sous la dir. de Damien Boquet, Laurence Moulinier-Brogi et Piroska Nagy,  Médiévales, 61, 2011 ; Barbara H. Rosenwein, Emotional communities in the Early Middle Ages, Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 2007 ; idem, Generations of feelings. A History of Emotions, 600-1700, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015 ; Rache – Zorn – Neid. Zur Faszination negativer Emotionen in der Kultur und Literatur des Mittelalters, sous la dir. de Martin Baisch, Evamaria Freienhofer et Eva Lieberich, Göttingen, V+R Unipress, 2014 ; Blandine Longhi, La Peur dans les chansons de geste (1100-1250) : Poétique et anthropologie, thèse soutenue à Paris IV-Sorbonne sous la direction de Dominique Boutet, 2011.
Colloque international
Jeudi 17 Mars 2016Vendredi 18 Mars 2016

CFP Entre le cœur et le diaphragme. (D)écrire les émotions dans la littérature narrative et scientifique du Moyen Age

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Colloque international à l’Université catholique de Louvain (8-10 décembre 2016)

Entre le cœur et le diaphragme. (D)écrire les émotions dans la littérature narrative et scientifique du Moyen Âge 


La codification écrite des émotions a toujours reposé sur une sorte d’aporie qui, de nos jours, est loin d’être résolue, même si la technologie numérique semble avoir trouvé une ‘solution’ dans les emoji ou emotikons (selon qu’on choisisse l’étymologie japonaise ou grecque). En 2015, l’Oxford Dictionnary a decerné le titre de « Word of the year » au ‘petit visage avec larmes de joie’ (Face with Tears of Joy emoji : ). Au-delà de l’anecdote, la pratique qui nous pousse à utiliser un double système, voire un code sémiotique hybride, confirme qu’il existe un hiatus entre la parole écrite et les réactions, sentiments, émotions qu’elle est censée refléter ou décrire.

L’histoire des émotions a connu un essor très important dans les dernières années comme en témoignent les nombreuses publications récentes ainsi que les projets de recherche en cours dans différentes universités d’Europe et des Etats-Unis – publications et projets embrassant l’histoire, la linguistique, l’anthropologie, la littérature. L’année 2015 a vu la publication de quatre importants ouvrages consacrés à l’histoire et l’écriture des émotions dans la tradition médiévale, notamment les volumes collectifs Emotions in Medieval Arthurian Literature et La expresión de las emociones en la lírica románica medieval, ainsi que les monographies Sensible Moyen Âge. Une histoire des émotions dans l’Occident médiéval et Fisiologia della passione. Poesia d’amore e medicina da Cavalcanti a Boccaccio.

Notre colloque a l’ambition de contribuer à la réflexion en lançant le pari de croiser les approches de l’écriture scientifique et de l’écriture narrative autour de cette grande problématique. Nous sommes surtout intéressés de comprendre dans quelle mesure la littérature médicale et la littérature narrative ont pu avoir des influences réciproques dans le traitement, la description, voire l’analyse des émotions.

Voici quelques possibles pistes de recherche :

  • Les notions de mélancolie, ire, colère etc. entre tradition romanesque / allégorique et théorie des quatre humeurs
  • Les auteurs qui se situent au carrefour entre écriture narrative et écriture scientifique, comme Evrart de Conty, Matfre Ermengaud, Dante Alighieri et bien d’autres, jusqu’à l’aube de la Renaissance.
  • Les traductions qui contribuent à enrichir le vocabulaire – de l’arabe ou du grec vers le latin et ensuite vers les langues vernaculaires – et à diffuser un savoir qui sera différemment assimilé par les écrivains, d’où la place que nous accordons au mot « diaphragme » dans notre intitulé (emprunté au grec par l’intermédiaire du latin, il est attesté pour la première fois dans le Commencement de la sapience des signes, traité didactique du juif andalou Abraham ibn Ezra, traduit en 1273 ou 1274 par Hagin le Juif ; ensuite dans la traduction de la Chirurgia d’Henri de Mondeville. D’après le Speculum naturale, XXVIII, 6, qui reprend le Pantegni traduit en latin par Constantin l’Africain, le diaphragme fait partie, comme le cœur, des membra spiritalia et joue un rôle déterminant dans la gestion de la chaleur naturelle du corps).

Les communications pourront embrasser à la fois les langues romanes, le latin et la tradition gréco-arabe. L’un des principaux objectifs de cette rencontre est de stimuler le dialogue entre les romanistes et les spécialistes de l’histoire des sciences, notamment de la médicine.


Les communications auront une durée d’environ 20-30 minutes.

Les propositions de communication, contenant le nom et l’affiliation institutionnelle du conférencier, accompagnées d’un résumé d’une dizaine de lignes, sont à envoyer à Grégory Clesse ( avant le 15 avril 2016



Mobilizing Emotions in South Asian Politics

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	Mobilizing Emotions  in South Asian Politics

Mobilizing Emotions  in South Asian Politics

EMOPOLIS Concluding International Conference

8-9 February 2016 | 9:15 – 18:00

Venue : Rooms 638-641 – 190 avenue de France 75013 Paris


This conference concludes the research program « Emotions and Political Mobilizations in the Indian Subcontinent » (EMOPOLIS), jointly sponsored by Emergence(s)-Mairie de Paris and the Centre for South Asian Studies-CNRS/EHESS. It is organized with the support of the Center for the History of Emotions-Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Berlin) and of the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme.


Contentious politics in South Asia, in its many forms, has been studied through a variety of theoretical angles: class- and status-based patterns of domination, organizational base, political contexts and opportunities, ideological frames, etc.  Its emotional dynamics, however, is yet to be exploreddespite the pervasiveness of the language of outrage, hurt, anger, humiliation, revenge, pride, despair, nostalgia, hope, enthusiasm or love in such protests. Conversely, although the “emotional turn”(D. Gould) in social movements studies since the late 1990s has offered important correctives to the robotic picture of the protestors of the past, it has largely neglected non-Western contexts, especially the Indian sub-continent, both as a field of application and as a field of elaboration of new analyses of the mutual constitution of emotions and mobilizations.

The identification of this double research gap, the shared conviction that integrating emotions will improve our understanding of political mobilizations in South Asia, as much as focusing on this region will retool our thinking about the emotional dynamics of mobilization, led a group of scholars from France, Germany, the United States, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh to embark, in 2012, into an exploratory research program on “Emotions and Political Mobilizations in the Indian Subcontinent-EMOPOLIS”, funded by Paris City’s support program to fundamental research, Emergence(s). In this concluding conference of the program these researchers, coming from diverse disciplinary traditions (democratic studies, social movements analysis, sociology and history of emotions, political and religious anthropology, cultural and literature studies), will present their main findings and propositions for further inquiries on the role that emotions play in shaping different cases of political protests in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

What does it take for citizenship to be felt during public hearings? Which “sensitizing devices” (C. Traïni) help transform a millennial movement into a political mobilization? What kind of “emotion work” (A. Hochschild) is required for feminists to bring about change in legislation? Why does the historicization of communal riots have so much to gain from bringing emotions – and emotion knowledge – back in? How is the poetic language of protest historically shaped by the language of emotions? When doeshurt become an attribute of collectives thusconstructed as “being through feelings” (S. Ahmed)? In which conditions does the opposition between ideological opponentsbecome a source of greater, and deadly, political despair? How can cinematic anger be mobilized in electoral politics? What is the mobilizing potential of humor and does it generate community feelings or block them? How is the “emotional commitment” (L. Mitchell) to an armed struggle altered by its life cycle? Should Jihadism be considered as an emotional experience and if so, what are the analytical and methodological implications? And finally, is social constructionism the best theoretical tool to explore what emotions do to political mobilization?These are some of the questions that the EMOPOLIS team members will address during this conference.

Employing dense and wide-ranged empirical data (first person narratives, participatory observation, archival material, poetry, movies, video-captures, etc.), the mobilizing potential of emotions in South Asia will be examined from three particular angles:

–          a methodological discussion on how emotions (and which aspects of emotions) can be accessed;

–          a theoretical interest in the dialectic relationship between mobilized emotions and mobilizing emotions;

–          an effort to contextualize the norms and rules governing the public expression of emotions, to address the “emotionality of [various] institutional settings” (H. Flam), and to  explore vernacular emotion terms.

Amélie Blom (Sciences Po) and Stéphanie Tawa Lama-Rewal (CNRS-CEIAS)




9:15 | Welcome coffee


9:30 – 11:00 | Session 1       

Opening Session


Welcome address by the CEIAS directorial board



Amélie Blom (Sciences Po Le Havre)

Stéphanie Tawa Lama-Rewal(CNRS-CEIAS)


Keynote addresses

Christophe Traïni (IEP Aix-CHERPA)

Lisa Mitchell (University of Pennsylvania)


11:00 – 12:30 | Session 2

Political Affects: Two Social Movements in Focus

Chair: Virginie Dutoya (CNRS-Centre Emile Durkheim)


Paradoxes of the Popular: Despair and Democracy in Bangladesh

Nusrat S. Chowdhury (Amherst College)


When Emotions Become Fuel: The Passage of the Anti-Sexual Harassment Legislation in Pakistan

Sadaf Ahmad (Lahore University of Management Sciences)



Joel Cabalion (Université de Tours)


14:00 – 15:30 | Session 3

Sensitizing Devices

Chair: Amélie Blom (Sciences Po Le Havre)


It’s Effective because it’s Affective: The Dynamics and Significance of Emotions in a Delhi Public Hearing

Stéphanie Tawa Lama-Rewal (CNRS-CEIAS)



Nostalgia and Hope: Mobilizing through the Longing for Netaji in a Contemporary Millennial Movement in West Bengal


Raphaël Voix (CNRS-CEIAS)



Lisa Mitchell (University of Pennsylvania)


Coffee break


15:50 – 17:20 | Session 4

Directing Political Emotions in Spaces of Popular Culture

Chair: Julien Levesque (EHESS-CEIAS)


Mobilizing Anger in Andhra Pradesh: The Politics of the Angry Young Man and Popular Telugu Cinema

Imke  Rajamani (Center for the History of Emotions-Max Planck Institute for Human Development Berlin)


Dialectic Dynamics of (De)Mobilization: Humour and Bengali wa’z mahfils

Max Stille (University of Heidelberg)



Denis-Constant Martin (LAM, IEP Bordeaux)




9:30 – 11:00 | Session 5 

Mobilizing Emotions for Violence

Chair: Raphaël Voix (CNRS-CEIAS)


Hurt and Enthusiasm: Mobilizing for Violence in India, 1870-1920

Margrit Pernau (Center for the History of Emotions-Max Planck Institute for Human Development Berlin)


Conflicting Passions: The Civil War in Chhattisgarh

Nandini Sundar (Delhi University)



Laurent Gayer (CNRS-CERI)


Coffee break


11:20 – 12:50 | Session 6

The Art of Protest

Chair: Caterina Guenzi (EHESS-CEIAS)


From Court to Public Sphere: How Urdu Poetry’s Language of Romance Shaped the Language of Protest

Carla Petievich (University of Texas)


Hurt and Censorship in India Today: On Communities of Sentiments, Competing Vulnerabilities and Cultural Wars

Laetitia Zecchini (CNRS- THALIM)



Denis Matringe (CNRS- CEIAS)



14:20 – 15:50 | Session 7

Theoretical and Methodological Challenges

Chair: Stéphanie Tawa Lama-Rewal (CNRS-CEIAS)


Enlarging Classical Social Constructionism

Martin Aranguren (CNRS-URMIS Paris)


Talking Emotions with Young Activists of the ‘Islamic cause’ in Pakistan

Amélie Blom (Sciences Po Le Havre)



Philippe Braud (Sciences Po Paris, Princeton University)


Coffee break


16:00 – 17:00 | Session 8

Concluding Remarks


Srirupa Roy (University of Goettingen)


Contacts :

Amélie Blom :

Stéphanie Tawa Lama-Rewal :

Histoire des émotions (Journée d’études)

Source : Université d’Aix-Marseille, Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme, TELEMME UMR 7303

Le mercredi 25 novembre 2015 – salle Paul-Albert Février, 9H30-17H30

Journée d’études : Histoire des émotions

en collaboration avec l’Europe Institute, School of Cultures, Languages & Linguistics, University of Auckland

L’histoire des émotions suscite des recherches et des publications de plus en plus nombreuses. Cette journée est l’occasion de faire le point sur quelques-uns de ces travaux, à l’occasion de la parution par Damien Boquet et Piroska Nagy de Sensible Moyen-Age, de celle à venir de L’Histoire des émotions dirigée par Jean-Jacques Courtine pour le tome 3, et du séjour de recherches à l’IMERA de Claudia Wassmann, spécialiste de ces questions dans le domaine de l’histoire de la médecine.

Programme :

9 h 30 -12 h Régis Bertrand, Telemme (AMU CNRS)
Anne Carol, Telemme (AMU CNRS)


Damien Boquet, Telemme (AMU CNRS)
Présentation de « Sensible Moyen Âge »


Claudia Wassman , Fondation IMéRA
Sentir son corps au XIXe siècle : la physiologie des émotions


Bruno Nassim Aboudrar, Université Paris III-EA 7343 Lira
Art moderne : l’antinomie des émotions ?


14 h – 17 h 30 Bruno Bertherat, Université d’Avignon-Centre N. Elias


Jean-Jacques Courtine, Université d’Auckland
L’âge de l’anxiété. Comment faire l’histoire d’une émotion sans objet ?


Anne Carol, Telemme (AMU CNRS)
Débâcles corporelles. Hontes, dégoûts et pitiés face à la maladie et la mort.


Michel Peraldi, CNRS, Iris
Des murs et des larmes. Emotions et mouvements migratoires contemporains.

Religious Materiality and Emotion (CFP)

Source : ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

Date: 17-18 February 2016, commencing with a public lecture on 16 February
Venue: Hosted by the Centre for the History of Emotions, The University of Adelaide at the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, Adelaide City
Symposium organisers and enquiries: Dr Claire Walker, The University of Adelaide and Julie Hotchin, Australian National University.

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Key Speakers:

Professor Monique Scheer, University of Tübingen
Professor Miri Rubin, Queen Mary University of London
Charles Zika, The University of Melbourne.



Materiality plays a vital role in cultivating, shaping and directing religious emotions. Pilgrimage and public ritual, private devotional practices, the use of space and settings in which religious activities take place, and bodily posture and movement all arouse, shape and direct religious feelings. The recent critical interest in the role of material culture in religion has been paralleled by the attention in emotions studies to the exploration of affective relationships between beings and things, and the role of the material in eliciting emotional responses. Yet the interplay between materiality and emotions in religion has received less attention, especially within an historical context.

This symposium will integrate these strands of research by exploring the ways in which the material – such as objects, space, the body and sensory perception – stimulated, shaped and informed the emotional dimensions of religion.


We invite abstracts for papers (20 minutes in length) that address the relationship between religion, materiality and emotion within a European context between 1200 and the present day. Papers that address the symposium theme from non-Christian traditions would be particularly welcome. Within the broader conference theme potential and welcome areas of inquiry may be, but are not limited to:

  • how religious imagery conveyed emotional messages and desired emotional dispositions
  • how objects, embodied practices and space were used to convey, amplify, transmit or diminish emotions within religious settings
  • the role of the material in generating religious identities and emotional communities
  • the dynamics between the material and emotions in encounters between adherents to different religions, religious conflicts or conversion
  • exploring relationships between particular objects or practices, and individual and collective religious emotions
  • how assumptions of gender inform interactions with religious objects and shape devotional practices and the emotions they arouse
  • the interplay between the material and emotions in power relations
  • the appropriation of religious imagery or objects by political regimes to mobilise and direct specific emotions
  • the role of the senses of cultivating religious feelings. Which senses were privileged and which diminished, and how did this affect the nature of emotional experience?
  • the emotions associated with the rejection of the material through renunciation or asceticism.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words, and a short biography, should be emailed to both Julie Hotchin, and Claire Walker by the deadline of the 31 October 2015. Questions or queries can also be addressed to the above.



Call for Papers: 31 October 2015
Notification of Acceptance: 15 November 2015

The symposium will start on the eve of Tuesday 16 February with a Public Lecture, and will run on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 February 2016.



A registration fee of AU$100 will include a conference pack, lunch, and morning and afternoon tea on 17 and 18 February. Postgraduate students will receive a discounted rate. There will also be a symposium dinner on 17 February. Details of the venue and cost of the dinner will be provided closer to the event.

Emotions: Movement, Cultural Contact and Exchange, 1100-1800 (CFP)

Source : ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

Date: 30 June to 2 July 2016
Venue: Freie Universität Berlin


Professor Lyndal Roper, Regius Professor of History University of Oxford

Professor Monique Scheer, Historical and Cultural Anthropology, University of Tübingen

Professor Laura M. Stevens, Department of English, University of Tulsa



  • Professor Daniela Hacke (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Professor Claudia Jarzebowski (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Professor Andrew Lynch (University of Western Australia)
  • Associate Professor Jacqueline Van Gent (University of Western Australia)
  • Professor Charles Zika (University of Melbourne)

Emotions: Movement, Cultural Contact and Exchange, 1100-1800 is an international conference jointly sponsored by the Freie Universität Berlin and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100-1800, with the further involvement of scholars from The Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. It will draw on a broad range of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary expertise in addressing the history of emotions in relation to cross-cultural movement, exchange, contact and changing connections in the later medieval and early modern periods. The conference thus brings together two major areas in contemporary Humanities: the study of how emotions were understood, expressed and performed in pre-modern contexts, both by individuals and within larger groups and communities; and the study of pre-modern cultural movements, contacts, exchanges and understandings, within Europe and between non-Europeans and Europeans.

The period 1100-1800 saw a vast expansion of cultural movement through travel and exploration, migration, mercantile and missionary activity, and colonial ventures. On pilgrimage routes to slave routes, European culture was on the move and opened up to incomers, bringing people, goods and aesthetic objects from different backgrounds into close contact, often for the first time. Individuals and societies had unprecedented opportunities for new forms of cultural encounter and conflict. One major question for the conference to consider is finding the appropriate theory and methodology that will account for the place of emotions in this varied history.

Such cross-cultural encounters took place within a context of beliefs – popular, religious and scientific – that were propagated in literary, historiographical and visual sources, with a heritage reaching back to the classical period, and with a long religious tradition. One strand of the conference will deal with the changing literary and visual cultures that mediated European understandings of African, Mediterranean and Asian peoples, practices and environments, and which reveal the image of Europe and Europeans in other regions. Literary works (travel narratives, histories, epics and romances, hagiography), theatrical performances, visual artefacts and musical compositions were highly important in forming the emotional character of cross-cultural contacts, and the nature of literary, visual and performance culture. They responded to new cultural influences and created the emotional habits and practices through which cultural understandings were received and interpreted.

The conference will also explore the role emotions played in shaping early modern and late colonial encounters between indigenous peoples and Europeans. This might include the emotions embedded in missionary work and conversion, as viewed from both sides of these transactions, and in European settlements built on slavery. Evidence is provided by the accounts of participants, in the records of European and colonial government sponsoring and regulating their populations, in personal correspondence, and also in the associated visual and material record, including maps and ethnographic illustrations, propaganda and other responses by indigenous subjects.

Tracing emotional cultural movements also invites consideration of the variety of spaces – ships, villages, churches, courts, rituals and dreams – in which cultural movements and contacts occurred, and emotive responses to environmental features. This might also include the emotional responses of non-Europeans who found themselves in European environments.

More generally, the conference will consider the affective strategies of early modern Europeans in the acquisition, exchange and display of colonial objects. What emotional transformations did objects undergo in their passage across Europe and between European and other societies? What was the role of emotions in the formation of early ethnographic texts and collections, and in the museum culture of early modern Europe?

This last question leads to the issue of retrospective emotions, as observers in modernity look back on the long history of cross-cultural contact and write its course. How have their desires and emotional projections influenced understanding and reception?

Emotions: Movement, Cultural Contact and Exchange, 1100-1800 will extend over two-and-a-half days, including three plenary sessions by distinguished invited speakers, several Round Table discussion groups, and numerous panels consisting of three 20 minute papers plus discussion. One or more refereed publications of essays based on proceedings are expected.



For individual paper proposals, individuals should submit a paper title, abstract (c. 250 words), your name, brief biography (no more than 100 words), institutional affiliation and status and contact details. For panel proposals, the organiser of the panel should submit the same information for each of the three speakers, and the name of the person to chair the panel. Please send the proposals to Ms Francisca Hoyer (FU Berlin) and Ms Pam Bond (CHE) by 31 October, 2015.