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Powerful Emotions / Emotions & Power c. 400-1850

L’Université de York (GB) et l’ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions organise un colloque sur ce sujet les 28-29 juin 2017 à York.


‘Emotional control is the real site of the exercise of power’ (William Reddy, 1997)

Scholars across the humanities and social sciences are increasingly turning their attention to the affective dimension of power, and the way in which emotions are implicit in the exercise of power in all its forms. The language of power has long been used to calibrate the impact of emotions – feelings ‘shake’ and ‘grip’ us; we read of and recall moments when passions convulsed communities and animated violent actions. Strategic displays of emotion have regularly been used for the exercise and negotiation of power.

This conference will draw on a broad range of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary expertise to address the relationships between two fundamental concepts in social and historical inquiry: power and emotion. How are historical forms of cultural, social, religious, political and soft power linked with the expression, performance and control of emotions? How has power been negotiated and resisted through expressions of emotions? How have emotional cultures sustained or been produced by particular structures of power? How have understandings and expressions of emotion played out within cross-cultural encounters and conflicts? What has been the relationship between intimate, personal feeling and its public, collective manifestations?

Literary and artistic works as well as objects of diverse kinds are often said to produce or to have elicited powerful emotions. Yet how has this varied across time, space, cultures and gender? What visual, verbal and gestural rhetorics have been considered to act most potently upon the emotions in different periods? How have these conventions related to ideas of the inexpressibility of powerful or traumatic emotional experience, its resistance to aesthetic articulation? What are the implications of this for the recoverability of past emotional experience? And how does the study of the power of feeling relate to more traditionally social conceptions of hierarchy, society, and power? What new understandings of the workings of power do we gain through the perspective of a history of emotions?

This interdisciplinary conference is jointly organized by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and the Centres for Medieval Studies, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York. It invites papers that address the above issues from disciplines including, but not restricted to: history, religion, literature, art, music, politics, archaeology, philosophy and anthropology.

Papers and panels might focus on the following questions and themes:

  • Emotion and political and social action: How have emotions been used by various political, religious and other groups to reinforce or to undermine social and political hierarchies? What role did gender play in these processes?
  • Dynasty, rule and emotional display.
  • The affective dimensions of war, protest, revolution and nation building
  • Diplomacy and the negotiation of cross-cultural emotions
  • Religious change, power and emotions
  • How has the relationship between emotions / passions and power been understood and theorized across time?
  • The micro-politics of intimate relationships and gendered power
  • The role of ritual, object and liturgy in managing, intensifying, or disciplining political, religious or other emotions
  • What techniques and venues have been used to construct and amplify collective emotions? Papers might consider mass meetings, crowds, congregations, theatres, assemblies and clubs.

The organisers welcome proposals for individual 20-minute papers, for panels (which may adopt a more innovative format, including round-tables, a larger number of short presentations), or for postgraduate poster presentations.

Proposals should be sent to Pam Bond, Administrative Officer at the Centre for the History of Emotions, University of Western Australia. Email: by Friday 27 January 2017.


The Reeducation of Emotions in Ancient Christianity

McGill University

The Faculty of Arts

School of Religious Studies

Public Lecture by

Professor Georgia Frank

Colgate University, Hamilton, New York


« The Reeducation of Emotions in Ancient Christianity »

TUESDAY, November 16, 2016




All are welcome

In conjunction with the Faculty of Arts Search for the Director of the School of Religious Studies

Gender, Material Culture and Emotions in Scandinavian History

Toivo, M. R. and J. Van Gent, eds. ‘Gender, Material Culture and Emotions in Scandinavian History’. Special Issue, Scandinavian Journal of History 41.3 (2016).

Summary :

Gender, Material Culture and Emotions in Scandinavian History
Jacqueline Van Gent & Raisa Maria Toivo
Pages: 263-270

Materiality, rhetoric and emotion in the Pietà
Ann-Catrine Eriksson
Pages: 271-288
Religion and emotion
Raisa Maria Toivo
Pages: 289-305
Embroidering women and turning men
Johanna Ilmakunnas
Pages: 306-331
Negotiating charity
Åsa Karlsson Sjögren
Pages: 332-349
Mixed feelings
Eirinn Larsen & Vibeke Kieding Banik
Pages: 350-368
Emotional causality in dynamistic Finnish–Karelian folk belief
Laura Stark
Pages: 369-387
Linnaeus’ tea cup
Jacqueline Van Gent
Pages: 388-409
The botany of friendship and love
Ina Lindblom
Pages: 410-426
Books, dress, and emotions in the memoirs of the clergyman Johan Frosterus (1720–1809)
Päivi Räisänen-Schröder
Pages: 427-446
Susan Broomhall
Pages: 447-474

Emotion and Persuasion in Classical Antiquity

source : 435e5699ccFranz Steiner Verlag

Ed Sanders (dir), Matthew Johncock (dir.), Emotion and Persuasion  in Classical Antiquity, Stuttgart, Franz Steiner Verlag, 2016.
321 p., 12 b/w tables.
ISBN 978-3-515-11361-8

Ed Sanders, Chris Carey,
Brenda Griffith-Williams, Guy
Westwood, Angelos Chaniotis,
Maria Fragoulaki, Jayne Knight,
Alexandra Eckert, Lucy Jackson,
Jennifer Winter, Judith Hagen,
Matthew Johncock, Irene Salvo,
Eleanor Dickey, Kate Hammond,
Federica Iurescia

Appeal to emotion is a key technique of persuasion, ranked by Aristotle alongside logical reasoning and arguments from character. Although ancient philosophical discussions of it have been much researched, exploration of its practical use has focused largely on explicit appeals to a handful of emotions (anger, hatred, envy, pity) in 5th–4th century BCE Athenian courtroom oratory. This volume expands horizons: from an opening section focusing on so-far underexplored emotions and sub-genres of oratory in Classical Athens, its scope moves outwards generically, geographically, and chronologically through the « Greek East » to Rome.Key thematic links are: the role of emotion in the formation of community identity; persuasive strategies in situations of unequal power; and linguistic formulae and genre-specific emotional persuasion. Other recurring themes include performance (rather than arousal) of emotions, the choice between emotional and rational argumentation, the emotions of gods, and a concern with a secondary « audience »: the reader.

Autour de « Sensible Moyen Âge » : une émission de « Canal Savoir » (TV, Québec)

La chaîne de télévision québécoise Canal Savoir consacre une émission à notre livre Sensible Moyen Âge, présenté par Piroska Nagy qui répond aux questions de Guillaume Lamy. Première diffusion  mardi 27 septembre à 21h (heure de Montréal), mais l’émission est également disponible en ligne.




«Ragionar d’amore». Il lessico delle emozioni nella lirica medievale (vient de paraître)

Source : SISMEL

medievi_09_ragionardamore«Ragionar d’amore». Il lessico delle emozioni nella lirica medievale

A cura di Alessio Decaria e Lino Leonardi
Bros. pp. VIII-324, € 44
Collana mediEVI, 09
anno 2015
isbn 978-88-8450-683-2

Premessa di L. Leonardi. R. Antonelli, Emozioni, canone letterario, Europa – R. Distilo, Etimi e lemmi del « trobar »: fra stati d’animo e sentimenti eccessivi – R. Viel, Appunti su genere e lessico in Giraut de Borneil e Bertran de Born – P. Squillacioti, Sul lessico del disamore nella poesia trobadorica – F. Costantini, Referenti esterni del lessico trobadorico dell’affettività – G. Gubbini, Patologia amorosa. Due fenomeni nella lirica d’oïl – M. Brea, La expresión de las emociones en la lírica gallego-portuguesa (primera aproximación) – L. Leonardi, L’evoluzione del lessico lirico medievale: il filtro italiano – P. Larson, Crudele ed amaroso amaro – G. Marrani, « Parcere subiectis ». Opposizioni e dissonanze nelle implorazioni amorose fra Dante e Cino da Pistoia – A. Decaria, Lessico delle emozioni e lessico familiare nei poeti toscani fra Due e Trecento – F. Zinelli, Personificazioni di emozioni nella poesia comica di età comunale (« Malinconia », « Tristezza » e le altre in Cecco Angiolieri, Bindo Bonichi, Buccio di Aldobrandino e in un anonimo serventese « De claustro animae ») – R. Rea, Appunti sul lessico e la psicologia della paura nei « Rerum vulgarium fragmenta » – M. S. Lannutti, « Timor » e « fortitudo », « desiderium » e « temperantia » nei due primi madrigali del Canzoniere petrarchesco. Indici.

Emotions: History, Culture, Society (EHCS) Journal

Source : ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

The Society for the History of Emotions, a project of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, 1100-1800, is pleased to announce its new journal Emotions: History, Culture, Society (EHCS). We anticipate that the first issue of the journal will be launched in 2017. The journal, in the first instance, will be published by the Centre for the History of Emotions.

EHCS is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal dedicated to understanding emotions as historically and culturally-situated phenomena and to exploring the role of emotion in shaping human experience, societies, cultures and environments. The editors are now accepting submissions.

EHCS welcomes theoretically-informed work from a range of historical, cultural and social domains. We aim to illuminate (1) the ways emotion is conceptualised and understood in different temporal or cultural settings, from antiquity to the present, and across the globe; (2) the impact of emotion on human action and in processes of change; and (3) the influence of emotional legacies from the past on current social, cultural and political practices. We are interested in multidisciplinary approaches (qualitative and quantitative) from history, art, literature, languages, music, politics, sociology, cognitive sciences, cultural studies, environmental humanities, religious studies, linguistics, philosophy, psychology and related disciplines.

We also invite papers that interrogate the methodological and critical problems of exploring emotions in historical, cultural and social contexts; and the relation between past and present in the study of feelings, passions, sentiments, emotions and affects. EHCS also accepts reflective scholarship that explores how scholars access, uncover, construct and engage with emotions in their own scholarly practice.

For more details or to submit a contribution, please email:

Katie Barclay, The University of Adelaide
Andrew Lynch, The University of Western Australia

« Sensible Moyen Âge » lauréat 2016 du prix Augustin Thierry de l’Académie Française

51WeZLtpkJL._SX317_BO1,204,203,200_C’est avec un immense plaisir que nous avons appris que  Sensible Moyen Âge avait été récompensé par l’Académie Française (prix Augustin Thierry). Merci aux membres du jury qui ont pris le soin de nous lire et à l’Académie de mettre ainsi en valeur l’histoire des « façons de sentir » qui possède des racines profondes dans l’historiographie médiévale francophone.


CFP « Fear ». 21st Annual Graduate Student Conference (Los Angeles)

Source : Fabula


21st Annual Graduate Student Conference

Department of French & Francophone Studies

University of California, Los Angeles

20-21 October 2016

Keynote Speaker: Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, Vanderbilt University


Discourses of fear dominate our contemporary moment. In this so-called “Age of Terrorism,” fear knows no borders, spreads quickly, and provokes the fearful to react in unpredictable ways. Politicians lash out and make shows of strength; citizens march en masse while immigrant families take flight; journalists proclaim “même pas peur!” while young people turn to newer forms of media to express their disillusionment and reshape pervasive stereotypes. At the same time, the causes—or perceived causes—of fear can be as varied as these reactions. Though opinion polls might define fear in terms of “terrorism,” “immigration,” or “globalization,” these kinds of categories often obfuscate and conflate more than they clarify.

Using fear as a framework of analysis, we propose to explore how it permeates the discourses of literature, art, and history, in its overt and covert forms. In literature, for example, we tend to associate French medieval epics with the fear of losing territory and influence. How might fears regarding religious conversion undergird these stories? Turning to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, humanists of these epochs were motivated by an anxious desire to claim themselves as the inheritors of ancient Greek and Roman cultures. Could we argue that this ambition reflects an unstated fear of not measuring up to these models? France in the late-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was rocked by revolutions. How might material fears such as hunger have intertwined with ideological fears of persecution and repression to inspire social, political, and cultural change?

In the face of repressive regimes from Indochina to Vichy France, from Haiti to Cameroon, dissidents could face severe, or even lethal, punishment. How does the fear of denunciation give rise to coded writings that criticize and subvert the status quo?

In and beyond these contexts, how does fear cloud reason or induce clarity? Can it also have positive, not simply negative, effects? When is fear “natural” and when is it not? Who plays a role in shaping these perceptions? How and by whom is it incited and manipulated, diverted and channeled, coped with, suppressed and overcome? To what end?

For the 21st Annual Graduate Student Conference of the UCLA Department of French and Francophone Studies, we seek to explore the reverberations of fear in French and Francophone literatures, languages, arts, cultures, and histories across time periods and disciplines. We understand fear to include empirical and conceptual engagements with the notions of terror, horror, panic, and phobia. We are interested in how these may be connected to creative endeavor, literary and artistic movements, political and economic gain, and aesthetic and cultural transformations. Our aim is to address concerns of importance to scholars in literature, history, film and media studies, art history, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, and philosophy.

Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

In what cases does fear underlie opinions, decisions, and reactions?

How is fear instrumentalized and exploited?

How does fear work covertly, surreptitiously, or secretly? How can it be disguised? In what ways does the need for aesthetic and social ideals of “purity” and “order” reflect underlying fears?

What causes fear to be politicized or depoliticized?

How does fear legitimate or justify? Unify or divide?

In what ways is fear an affective experience?

How does fear blend with other emotions and states, such as love, desire, obsession, and fascination?

When is fear unacknowledged or even suppressed?

In what ways does fear create confusion, incite hysteria, and/or suspend reason?

How does fear cause paralysis? Or can it provoke action?

How does fear limit expression? Conversely, how can it engender creative response?

When does fear lead to protection and security for some and an amplification of fear for others?

Please send an abstract (300 words or fewer) in English or French, along with your paper title, affiliation, contact information, and biography (75 words) to Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes in length.

Our deadline for submissions is July 15, 2016.

Offre de poste : Professeur-e assistant-e en études littéraires et émotions (Univ de Genève)

Source : Université de Genève

Professeur-e assistant-e en études littéraires et émotions

Entité organisationnelle
Faculté des lettres
Section / Division
Services communs de la faculté des lettres
Professeur-e assistant-e avec prétitularisation conditionnelle
Code fonction
Classe maximum
Personnel enseignant
Taux d’activité
100 %
Délai d’inscription
Pièce(s) jointe(s)

Description du poste

Le-la professeur-e assistant-e en études littéraires et émotions est nommé-e pour une période de 3 ans; la nomination est renouvelable une fois pour une période de 3 ans au maximum. Le-la professeur-e assistant-e rémunéré-e par des fonds provenant du budget de l’Etat est nommé-e avec prétitularisation conditionnelle. Il-elle est soumis-e à deux évaluations au cours de son mandat en vue de son éventuelle titularisation à la fonction de professeur-e associé-e ou de professeur-e ordinaire.

Ses domaines de recherche et d’enseignement doivent porter sur les relations entre la littérature et les émotions. Une expertise dans le domaine de l’image, fixe ou animée, pourrait être considérée comme un atout.

Ses activités s’inscriront dans le cadre d’un des départements littéraires de la Faculté (départements de langue et littérature françaises, allemandes, anglaises, romanes, méditerranéennes, slaves, orientales ou est-asiatiques) et/ou dans le programme de littérature comparée.

Sa maîtrise orale et écrite de la langue française, ou son souhait de l’apprendre rapidement, est importante, une grande partie des enseignements et des recherches, au sein de l’Université de Genève, s’effectuant dans cette langue. La maîtrise de l’anglais, dans le cadre des séminaires avancés et des projets de recherche, est indispensable.

Titre et compétences exigés

Doctorat ès lettres ou titre jugé équivalent dans le domaine des études littéraires.

Entrée en fonction

1er septembre 2017 ou date à convenir


Informations complémentaires

La candidature et les documents doivent parvenir, exclusivement en ligne, en cliquant sur le bouton ci-dessous « Postuler/Apply now ».

L’Université de Genève offre des conditions d’engagement motivantes dans un cadre de travail stimulant. En nous rejoignant, vous aurez l’occasion de mettre en valeur vos compétences ainsi que votre personnalité et contribuer activement au rayonnement d’une Institution fondée en 1559.

Dans une perspective de parité, l’Université encourage les candidatures du sexe sous-représenté.

Vient de paraître : Histoire intellectuelle des émotions, de l’Antiquité à nos jours

Antonello da Messina, Portrait d'un jeune homme, huile sur bois, v. 1470 Legs Benjamin Altman, 1913 Metropolitan Museum of Art
Antonello da Messina, Portrait d’un jeune homme, huile sur bois, v. 1470
Legs Benjamin Altman, 1913
Metropolitan Museum of Art

D. Boquet et P. Nagy (dir.), Histoire intellectuelle des émotions, de l’Antiquité à nos jours, L’Atelier du Centre de recherches historiques, 16 (2016)

Nous avons le plaisir d’annoncer la parution en ligne, en texte intégral et libre d’accès, du tout dernier volume de notre programme EMMA intitulé : Histoire intellectuelle des émotions, de l’Antiquité à nos jours, sous la direction de Damien Boquet et Piroska Nagy.

Le recueil, composé de 14 articles, est paru dans la collection de L’Atelier du Centre de recherches historiques, la revue électronique du CRH, numéro 16, juin 2016.

Présentation et sommaire :

Ce recueil présente des textes issus de la cinquième rencontre du projet EMMA, EMotions au Moyen Âge. Projet interdisciplinaire, EMMA a toujours voulu discuter de l’histoire des émotions avec les non-historiens, les non-médiévistes, les spécialistes d’autres aires culturelles. Notre volume contient ainsi des travaux d’historiens de l’Occident et de la Chine, mais aussi de psychologues, de philosophes et d’un littéraire. Face à un domaine aussi complexe que l’histoire des émotions, la multiplicité des points de vue et des démarches est fondamentale. Entreprendre une « histoire intellectuelle des émotions », c’est avant tout une invitation à questionner nos outils théoriques et nos façons de penser l’émotion, en les faisant dialoguer avec celles des époques et des sociétés de notre enquête.

Présentation-discussion de « La Contagion des émotions » (B. Delaurenti)

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Bâiller fait bâiller, pleurer fait pleurer, apercevoir une personne qui mange fait saliver : le livre de Béatrice Delaurenti, La contagion des émotions. Compassio, une énigme médiévale, Paris, « Classique Garnier », 2016, s’intéresse à la façon dont les expressions corporelles et psychologiques se conjuguent au Moyen Âge, à partir de l’analyse de la notion de compassion, propre à cette période, qui désigne les effets de contamination des mouvements émotionnels. A travers la trajectoire d’un mot et de ce qu’il révèle de cette société, l’enquête éclaire alors la culture savante des derniers siècles du Moyen Âge, attentive à intégrer l’être humain dans un univers qui le dépasse et l’englobe.

La séance, animée par Fanny Cosandey, comprendra une présentation de l’auteur et les interventions d’Alain Boureau (CRH-EHESS),  Gérard Jorland (CRH-CNRS) et Nicolas Weill-Parot (CRHEC, Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne).


Salle Jean-Pierre Vernant
190, avenue de France
75013 Paris

Le Moyen Âge des émotions : conférence à la Médiathèque de Poitiers (24 mai à 18h30)

Conférences du Moyen Âge

Localisation : Médiathèque François-Mitterrand
Catégorie : Conférences
Adresse : Médiathèque François-Mitterrand 4 rue de l’Université
Conditions : Tél. 05 49 52 31 51 Fax 05 49 52 31 60

  • – Le 24/05/2016

Mardi 24 mai


Conférences du Moyen Âge

Le Moyen Âge : que d’émotions !

Par Damien Boquet, maître de conférences à l’Université d’Aix-Marseille.

Que peut-on savoir de la vie émotionnelle des femmes et des hommes du Moyen Âge ? Sur ce sujet longtemps négligé, les sources sont pourtant nombreuses : la littérature, l’iconographie, les chroniques, mais aussi la théologie et la médecine nous livrent mille indices de la place des émotions dans la vie intime et sociale. L’émotion au Moyen Âge irrigue la société, dans une diversité d’interprétations et une vitalité qui impressionnent.

Médiathèque François-Mitterrand, salle Jean-Richard-Bloch, à 18h30.