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Appel à articles thématiques : Méthodologie, dans l’étude des émotions (histoire, culture, société)

La nouvelle revue Emotions: History, Culture, Society attend des propositions sur la question de la méthodologie pour décembre 2017.

Les propositions seront discutées jusqu’en mars 2018.

Pour tous les détails, voir :

Emotions: History, Culture, Society calls for proposals for thematic issues for its 2019 second issue. Issues can be on any topic that falls within the journal’s remit to enhance our understanding of emotions as temporally and geographically situated phenomena. Issues should be theoretically informed and bring a range of methodological perspectives to the topic. ‘Methodology’ here is construed broadly to incorporate different disciplinary, theoretical and methodological approaches.
Issues are a maximum of 64,000 words. They will typically consist of around eight articles, including a scholarly introduction. Essays should be original and not published elsewhere. The guest editor/s will be responsible for providing copy ready for peer review before December 2018. All copy should conform to the EHCS
Style Guide. The journal editors will be responsible for arranging reviews; any final decision over publication will lie with them.
• Title
• Description of the theme and its contribution to the field of emotions scholarship (500–1000 words)
• 300-word biography for each editor, indicating their expertise on the topic
• List of confirmed contributors (including short biographies), article titles and 300-word abstracts
Proposals are due by 15 December 2017 and should be emailed
All correspondence and queries should be addressed to Katie Barclay and Andrew Lynch at
• Suitability for the journal
• Originality of the contribution to the field
• Significance of the theme/ ability to advance
scholarship in exciting ways
• Range of perspectives brought to the theme by
the individual contributions
• Range and quality of authors

Appel à candidatures : conférence sur l’Histoire des émotions à Washington

CFP: History of Emotion Conference at George Mason University

Call for Papers
June 1, 2018 to June 2, 2018
Virginia, United States
Subject Fields:
Sociology, Teaching and Learning, Intellectual History

A Conference on the History of Emotion will take place at George Mason University, in Fairfax, VA, on June 1-2 2018. The conference organizers are Susan Matt, Weber State University, and Peter Stearns, George Mason; the Conference is co-sponsored with the Society on the History of Emotion (SHE).

The Conference seeks to address major issues in the field: periodization, relevant theory and interdisciplinarity, comparative approaches, teaching and public outreach. There will also be discussion of the formation of a virtual organization for scholars working on the history of emotion in North America, in coordination with the SHE.

The conference invites paper proposals that fall within the parameters suggested above. Relevant Prospectuses must be received no later than Sept. 30, 2017, addressed to (feel free to address any questions to this same address). Decisions will be made by the end of October. It must be emphasized that this conference is self-funded, so no subsidies or stipends are available.

Contact Info:

Peter Stearns, George Mason University

Contact Email:

Call for Papers : Emotions of Cultures / Cultures of Emotions: Comparative Perspective, 11-13 December 2017, Perth (Western Australia)

Dates: 11‒13 December 2017
Venue: The University of Western Australia, Perth
Convenors: Jacqueline Van Gent
Submission deadline: Monday 31 July 2017
Submissions and enquiries:

Download the amended Call for Papers

Please note the conference dates are now 11–13 December 2017.

The Society for the History of Emotions (SHE) is an international and interdisciplinary professional organisation. SHE promotes a deeper understanding of the changing meanings and consequences of emotional concepts, expressions and regulation over time and space and across cultures. The Society is committed to fostering interdisciplinary international dialogue on all aspects of humanities-based emotions research.

The historical and cultural conditioning of emotions – including their expression, regulation and performance, and their gendered, ethnic, class-based and contingent nature – is a methodologically rich field. This conference encourages discussion across disciplines, cultures and historical periods, with a particular focus on broadening emotions history beyond its hitherto largely Western context. For the inaugural conference of SHE we now invite papers that address one or more of the following questions:

 Emotions of Cultures – Comparative Perspectives

How can we extend the cultural and geographical scope of current emotions research? In what ways can we develop our methodologies, especially with regard to comparative studies? How can postcolonial perspectives, indigenous positions and North-South dialogues be better integrated into historical emotions research?

Cultures of Emotions – History of Emotions and Contemporary Issues

How can comparative studies in the history of emotions further our understanding of contemporary issues and problems? How can such comparative perspectives contribute to public debates about cross-cultural and cross-religious issues? What problems do we encounter when teaching the history of emotions, and how can we ensure our teaching is cross-disciplinary?

Keynote Speakers

Jakelin Troy, The University of Sydney

Professor Jakelin Troy is a Ngarigu woman from the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, and Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research at The University of Sydney. Jakelin’s research and academic interests focus on languages, particularly endangered Aboriginal and ‘contact languages’, language education, linguistics, anthropology and visual arts. She has extensive experience developing curriculum for Australian schools, focusing on Australian language programs. She studied in Mexico and Japan, developing her interest those countries’ art, culture and languages.  Professor Troy is Editor in Chief of ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations’ and First Peoples’ Cultures.

Kathryn Prince, University of Ottawa

Dr Kathryn Prince is a theatre historian with a particular interest in early modern drama. Her current work focuses on the intersections of space, bodies, objects and emotions in early modern performance, as well as ‘performance’ in a broader sense relating to early modern accounts of cross-cultural contact. Her recent publications include the edited collections Performing Early Modern Drama Today (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and History, Memory, Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), as well as several book chapters on emotions and drama.

Possible paper and panel topics for the conference may include:

  • reading emotional understandings and practices in different temporal, cultural or regional locations
  • reading emotional understandings and practices within cross-cultural contact and conflict
  • translations of emotion across geographical, cultural and religious boundaries
  • emotions and the migration of images
  • emotions in the literary, historiographical and cultural creation and reception of Otherness
  • emotions and tolerance/intolerance in culture, race and religion
  • imperial and anti-imperial emotions
  • history of emotions and indigenous research methodologies


Individual papers and themed panels are invited. For individual papers, please send a title, abstract (c.250 words) and a short bio (max. 150 words) to For panels, please send a panel title, brief description and outline of panel format, and titles, abstracts and short biographical statements for each presenter,  to

Submission deadline: Monday 31 July 2017.

Mapping the Emotional Cityscape : Call for Papers

Mapping the Emotional Cityscape CfP

The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100 – 1800 presents:
Date: Monday 18 September 2017
Venue: TBA at The University of Adelaide
Enquiries: Jade Riddle, email:
Since Henri Lefebvre suggested that space is socially
constructed and constituted, cities have been
reclassified from static ‘maps’ for human activities to
performed spaces that draw together human
behaviour, meaning, discourse, and material
conditions in their production. Cities are not simply a
background for movement, but a function of cultural
and emotional practice. That cities are named, given
boundaries and called home – and in turn that cities
name, define and give identity to their inhabitants –
has equally implicated emotion in their production, as
a recent turn to emotional geographies and urban
emotions reminds us. This symposium seeks to
contribute to this burgeoning scholarship through
exploring the productive relationships between
emotions and cityscapes across time and space.
We are particularly interested in the relationship
between urban geographies, architectures, buildings,
and materialities and emotion. How are neighbourhood
boundaries produced through and with emotion? How
do emotional communities form and define themselves
through urban space? How does architecture and the
physical environment inform social relationships and
behaviours and vice versa? And how do the emotional
imaginings of urban environments impact on their
histories, identities and communities? Moreover, what
are the implications of such emotional productions of
the cityscape for relationships of power, identity and
more within them?
We seek proposals for 20 minute papers, or panels of
three papers, from any disciplines dealing with the city
and emotion. Interdisciplinary perspectives and ECR/
PhD students are particularly welcome. Papers may
wish to explore, but are not limited to:
• Defining and locating emotional boundaries within the
• Producing urban emotions in/through city texts, maps
and art
• Performing the emotional ‘other’ in urban spaces
• Emotions and street life
• Emotional investment in urban space
• Emotion and urban ideologies
• Emotional urban communities
• Mapping emotions on urban space
Convened by Dr Katie Barclay and Jade Riddle, The
University of Adelaide.
We aim to submit a proposal for an edited collection
from proceedings.
• Call for papers: Thursday 1 June 2017
• Notification of acceptance: Thursday 15 June 2017
• Long abstracts for circulation: Friday 1 September 2017
Abstracts of no more than 300 words, and a short bio, should
be emailed to Jade Riddle,
Mapping the Emotional Cityscape:
Spaces , Performances and Emotion in Urban Life
Arundel House, London ,1646.
Wenceslaus Hollar
British Museum, Wiki Commons


Colloque : La nostalgie dans tous ses états – Nancy, 30 novembre – 1e décembre 2017

La nostalgie dans tous ses etats : appel à communication

« La nostalgie est, elle aussi [comme Ulysse],
rusée et polytrope, aux milles tours. » (B. Cassin)
Bien que le mot lui-même soit assez tardif (1688), il semble bien que le sentiment nostalgique ait déjà imprégné sociétés et cultures depuis l’Antiquité. Ainsi la nostalgie, « virtualité anthropologique
fondamentale » (J. Starobinski), est-elle une attitude humaine abondamment exploitée par la littérature avant d’être qualifiée par un nom savant, passé ensuite dans la langue commune.
La nostalgie dans tous ses états
Colloque international
30 novembre, 1er et 2 décembre 2017
Université de Lorraine – Nancy
LIS (EA 7305)
Littératures, Imaginaire Sociétés 2
Origine de la nostalgie entre médecine et littérature
La diachronie nostalgique fait apparaître deux moments, deux orientations liées à deux champs
sémantiques. D’une part, quelques grands textes épiques qui, en fondant une poétique de la nostalgie
dont se nourrissent très vite la mémoire littéraire et la tradition intellectuelle occidentales, délimitent et
organisent un usage littéraire et connotatif de la nostalgie. D’autre part, avec la naissance du mot par le
médecin mulhousien Johannes Hofer (1688), le sentiment nostalgique devient une attitude pathologique, une maladie de l’imagination naissant d’un « dérèglement de l’imagination » (Hofer) —
la douleur dont souffraient les soldats suisses lorsqu’ils avaient « perdu la douceur de leur patrie […]
depuis longtemps dénommée Heimweh dans leur langue » (Hofer), et que les Français appelaient le
« mal du pays » — et étudiée de façon descriptive.
La tradition médicale a entretenu un temps cette démarche descriptive fondée sur la recherche des
causes morales d’un mal physique — à l’origine d’une abondante biographie — avant que la
psychiatrie ne s’en empare pour décrire, après 1945, les conditions des réfugiés et des exilés.
La tradition artistique, une fois que l’état affectif a été nommé, s’est enrichie de certaines
correspondances, superpositions que la phénoménologie médicale avait suggérées. Aussi le mot
nouveau devient-il concept réévaluant les contours définitoires et drainant avec lui tout ce qui était
resté diffus dans un « surcroît de définition » (Starobinski) et entre dans le champ des sentiments pour
devenir un terme de la littérature et de moins en moins un terme scientifique. L’accélération de sa
diffusion littéraire, nous le savons, eut lieu à l’époque romantique. Soumise au traitement des poètes et
des écrivains, « la nostalgie s’ouvre dans un éventail de sentiments […] se contamine avec toutes les
formes d’une sensibilité qui connaît l’abandon à la rêverie et la blanche torpeur du spleen, elle devient
en somme le rivage sensible, dentelé et irrésolu de la mémoire » (A. Prete).
Une affection de l’ailleurs et du jadis
La nostalgie est étymologiquement et littérairement évoquée comme une émotion du retour, de la
remontée vers les origines.
Kant — dans son Anthropologie du point de vue pragmatique (1798) — fut parmi les premiers à
souligner que le désir nostalgique ne veut pas retourner à un lieu mais à un temps où il y a de la place
pour la reconstruction d’un passé personnel. Le « mal du pays », la « douleur du retour » s’imposent
comme le regret du pays perdu se combinant avec l’idée d’un retour possible vers ce pays et donc
aussi d’un retour dans le temps. Associant patrie, retour, avenir, l’arc temporel se dialectise entre le
passé-éden, la complainte du présent et le chant de l’avenir.
La dimension spatiale s’enrichit d’une dimension temporelle : la nostalgie est donc une maladie de
l’espace et du temps qui concerne le jadis et l’ailleurs. Il y aurait la nostalgie du temps, d’un temps
révolu, irréversible, qui plus jamais ne sera celui qui a été vécu, et celle du lieu qui serait a priori un
mal plus curable, une nostalgie plus guérissable dès lors que le retour est un horizon (V. Jankélévitch).
On passe alors d’une pathologie objective (mal du pays – affection du corps) à une métaphore qui
densifie et alourdit le présent du regret de ce qu’il n’est pas, ce qu’il n’est plus ou ce qu’il ne sera
Ainsi trois dimensions temporelles alimentent-elles la nostalgie : le regret du passé, l’insatisfaction du
présent, et le désespoir de l’avenir. La nostalgie se situe à la croisée entre passé et futur, entre regret du
pays et du temps perdus et désespoir d’être dans un autre pays et un autre temps (P. Dandrey). C’est en
cela et pour cela que la nostalgie est décentrement, spatial et temporel.
Nostalgie, imagination et mémoire
Dans la représentation nostalgique de la vie antérieure, la conscience imageante prend toute sa place et
se projette vers le lieu et surtout le moment du passé pour se les présentifier dans une déformation
rétrospective du présent disparu qui participe amplement de la souffrance nostalgique.
L’imagination créatrice est fille de la mémoire ; aussi parler de la nostalgie est-ce parler de mémoire,
de temps et de narration (C. Mirabelli).
Nostalgie et exil, souffrance et bonheur
Le travail de construction mémorielle fantasmée se heurte irrémédiablement et irrévocablement à la
marque du temps : il y a une souffrance inconsolable de prendre conscience que le paradis, l’éden
reconstruits par le souvenir recèlent en eux la promesse de leur évolution, de s’apercevoir que, comme
tout a changé, le pays n’est pas aussi beau qu’on l’imaginait dans sa mémoire et que la tristesse de la
perte était inutile. Au centre de la nostalgie point l’idée métaphysique que le retour ne préservera pas
du fait que, même dans les lieux qui sont les lieux du passé et figés par la mémoire, le temps a
continué d’exister.
Le nostalgique est un étranger, un exilé, « [il] est en même temps ici et là-bas, ni ici ni là-bas, présent
et absent, deux fois présent et deux fois absent » (V. Jankélévitch), distrait au monde, « envoûté par
l’alibi du passé », dans une espèce d’ubiquité construite, absente et présente.
Se pose donc la question de l’état du retour qui est une confrontation avec l’espace et l’écoulement du
temps : comment retourner là-bas après avoir été ici ? Comment vivre ici après avoir été là-bas ? Si les
exilés qui retournent dans leur pays souvent le perdent deux fois, pour certains — exilés politiques,
particulièrement — l’exil est libérateur.
Nostalgie héroïque/ les héros nostalgiques
La tradition littéraire a consacré Ulysse comme le héros du nostos et l’Odyssée comme « l’épopée
fondatrice de la nostalgie » (M. Kundera). Chez Ulysse, se concentrent à la fois le regret d’Ithaque,
l’insatisfaction de ne pas pouvoir y revenir et le désespoir de ne jamais y parvenir. Mais le retour n’est
pas sans mal ; c’est pourquoi Jankélévitch considère que Ulysse a certes eu la nostalgie d’Ithaque mais
aussi peut-être la nostalgie de la nostalgie une fois revenu à Ithaque, la nostalgie du voyage, de
l’aventure, de « l’exploration passionnée de l’inconnu » (M. Kundera). Et Barbara Cassin, repérant
« les deux faces » de la nostalgie, celle de l’« enracinement » et celle de « l’errance », reconnait en
Ulysse « l’aventurier, le nomade, citoyen du monde jusqu’en ses confins, chez lui partout et nulle
part ». Que reste-t-il de la nostalgie une fois que l’on a retrouvé l’endroit dont on avait la nostalgie ?
Par ailleurs, le mythe d’Orphée et celui d’Aristophane dans le Banquet renvoyant tous deux à la
séparation, à la déchirure et à une souffrance ontologique (surtout pour le mythe d’Aristophane) ne
seraient-ils pas par excellence le mythe de la nostalgie ?
Axes de recherche
Il importera tout d’abord de mieux cerner l’ontologie nostalgique qui ne trouve de réalité et
d’existence linguistique qu’avec la construction néologique de Johannes Hofer (1688).
Cette question philosophique — savoir si l’on peut dire qu’un sentiment existe dans sa nuance tant
qu’il n’est pas nommé — permettra, d’une part, de préciser les proximités et les différences entre le
nostos, et d’autres notions et d’autres sentiments auxquels il est associé.
D’autre part, il sera opportun de s’attacher à préciser les liens thématiques et conceptuels qui associent
la nostalgie à la mélancolie, à l’exil, à la déchirure et au décentrement, au voyage et à la migration.
Enfin, il restera à prendre en considération les modalités de la rhétorique et de l’esthétique
nostalgiques qui témoignent du passage de la pathologie objective à la métaphore de celle-ci.
Liens thématiques
Nostalgie, déchirure, douleur, exil, imagination, langue, mémoire, mélancolie, origine, original,
ostalgie, retour, trace, vestige(s).
Le colloque se tiendra en français et il est ouvert à toutes les aires linguistiques et culturelles. Les
objets d’étude seront pluridisciplinaires (textes littéraires ou non, cinéma, théâtre, beaux-arts, musique,
philosophie, phénomènes sociaux, médicaux) et les approches pourront être théoriques ou analytiques.
Le type d’approche choisi, le corpus d’étude ainsi que les notions utilisées devront cependant être
clairement indiqués et définis dans les résumés comme dans les présentations.
Responsables scientifiques : Estelle Zunino et Patrizia Gasparini
Équipe de Recherche : LIS (EA 7305) — Littératures, Imaginaire, Sociétés
Modalités de soumission des propositions de communication :
Date limite de réception des propositions : 30/04/2017
Notification d’acceptation aux auteurs après examen par le comité scientifique : 31/05/2017
Fiche d’inscription : voir le formulaire à la page 5
Format des propositions :
· 1 page isolée comportant le nom, l’appartenance institutionnelle, le grade, le titre de la
communication et les coordonnées de l’auteur (adresse professionnelle, adresse personnelle,
adresse électronique et téléphone)
· Sur 1 autre page : un résumé de 15 à 20 lignes en français ou en anglais (Word, Times 12,
interligne 1,5) présentant le corpus étudié, les idées principales, le raisonnement et les
conclusions générales, et précisant le cadre et les notions. 3 mots-clés devront également être
Langue du colloque : français. Les communications seront de 20 minutes, suivies de 10 minutes de
questions. Les actes du colloque (avec comité de lecture) seront publiés à l’issue de la manifestation.
Les consignes éditoriales seront envoyées avec la réponse. Les propositions de communication
seront adressées à :
Frais d’inscription pour les intervenants : 20 €. Les versements seront à effectuer sur place.
Les frais de déplacement et d’hébergement ne sont pas pris en charge.
Les déjeuners seront offerts aux intervenants.

Loi, science et émotions dans l’Europe moderne (appel à contributions)

Evidence of Feeling: Law, Science and Emotions in Modern Europe


Call for Papers


Date:  April 10, 2017 to April 11, 2017
Location:  Germany
Organizer: Daphne Rozenblatt
The power to prove or disprove a feeling is nowhere more strongly exhibited than in the courts of law, where emotions can determine the motives (and therefore culpability) of a defendant accused of a crime; affirm, discredit, or cast doubt upon the validity of a witness’s testimony; or determine the damages and compensation owed to the offended party. But what constitutes evidence of feeling? As a legal concept, evidence is both mutable and case specific. A court can reject and deny the admittance of evidence, can produce evidence through testimony and interrogation, and can rely upon extra-legal systems of knowledge, often times including scientific expertise. The challenges of legal evidence are further complicated by the emotions both implicit and explicit to juridical processes. Despite these ambiguities, emotions are often crucial to detecting and determining motive, intent, mens rea, etc. and affecting not only the verdict of a trial, but its broader social and political meaning.
This workshop aims to bring together research on the history of emotions in law and science in order to examine emotions together with the relationship between systems of knowledge and social practices in the scientific-legal setting. It builds on recent research on law and emotions that has examined both the way that emotions are addressed, arbitrated, defended, and prohibited by legal code as well as the emotional practices of various persons within the court, included judges, jurors, lawyers, and spectators. Furthermore, it builds on research into the history of science and the emotions, which has explored emotions as scientific objects and as part of scientific practice. By focusing on evidence as a crux between theory and practice, it not only aims to contribute to the legal and scientific history of emotions, but emotional epistemology through historical examine.
The workshop will be held on 10th and 11th April 2017 at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. Travel and accomodation costs will be covered. The organizers welcome contributions with a strong historical impetus from all social and cultural sciences. Please send proposals (a short CV and sketch of max. 500 words) by 19th February 2017 to:
Contact Info: 
Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Center for the History of Emotions
Daphne Rozenblatt
Lentzeallee 94
14195 Berlin
Contact Email:

CFP : Communities, Imaginations and Emotions in the Medieval Mediterranean

Source :  Universiteit Gent

Society for the Medieval Mediterranean – Conference 2017

The fifth biennial conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean will take place at Ghent University from Monday 10th July to Wednesday 12th July 2017.

The theme of the conference is “Communities, Imaginations and Emotions in the Medieval Mediterranean”. We welcome papers from all disciplines that study emotions, imaginations and communities in, of and across the Medieval Mediterranean. This theme invites a variety of lines of inquiry, a number of which are suggested below. How were emotions produced, expressed and communicated? To what end were imaginations used and abused? In what ways were communities perceived and understood? What communalities and particularities are there? Which challenges do the literary, historical, archaeological and other sources pose in this respect?

The keynotes will be delivered by Professor Marina Rustow (Princeton) and Professor Nikolas Jaspert (Heidelberg).

Topics of the Conference

Topics of the conference include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Emotional and imagined communities
  • Selfing and othering
  • Identity and alterity, senses of belonging, ties that bond
  • Memory, nostalgia and the imagined or idealized past
  • Mirabilia, wonders and magic
  • Worldviews and other social schemata
  • Mobility across borders
  • Emotional and communal dimensions to identity
  • Honour and shame, social codes and values
  • Emotions bodily felt, orally expressed
  • Reading and sharing emotions
  • Methodological problems when inquiring emotions and imaginations


Call for papers and panels

We invite 200-300 word abstracts for individual 20-minute papers relating to the conference theme. Participants are encouraged to submit proposals for panels of 3 papers – in this case, the panel proposer should collate the three abstracts and submit them together, indicating clearly the rationale behind the planned panel. A pdf version of the call for papers and panels is accessible here.


First deadline:

Abstracts for individual papers and proposals for panels should be emailed to the conference email address ( by Monday 31st October 2016. Applicants will be notified regarding the acceptance of their paper or panel by January 2017.

Des émotions immorales, inconfortables et laides ?

The Danish historical journal temp is planning a special issue:

Uncomfortable, immoral, and ugly feelings
In recent decades the discipline of history has witnessed a tremendous increase the interest in emotions. Among other things, scholars have examined how cultures of emotions have emerged and changed. They have also looked at how historical actors have adopted and adapted the emotional repertoires that were socially acceptable in various historical contexts. In this temp issue we wish to explore a new and different strand within this field, that is, the affective moments and experiences that break with prevailing emotional norms. Through a focused attention on emotional disruptions as historical indicators of cultural shifts, we seek to shed light on the negative, morally reprehensible, uncomfortable or pathological feelings – as well as the titillating dangerous feelings.
Focusing on emotional practices deemed ignoble, raw, bad or ugly, essays will examine the historically variable relationship between morality, power, and affective practices. What role has feelings such as greed, envy, thirst for revenge, shame, apathy, or misplaced desire played in different contexts? How have historical actors handled unpleasant emotions? In what ways have negative feelings been used as a means of social regulation or contestation? When are feelings deemed inappropriate and how does that affect the social contexts within which they are practiced? How do “good” emotions turn “bad”?

We welcome contributions in English or Danish exploring any historical period and context.
Deadlines Deadline for Abstracts (min. ½ page): September 15th 2016
Article Deadline: September 15th 2017
Author Seminar: April 2017 (Deadline for Papers: One month before Author Seminar)
Please send contributions and possible questions to: The special issue is edited by an editorial group chaired by Karen Vallgårda and Nils Arne Sørensen.

Special Issue on ‘Emotion and Change’: Emotions: History, Culture, Society

Source : ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

EHCS invites scholars exploring the question ‘What differences do emotions make in processes of change?’ to propose articles for inclusion in a special issue on ‘Emotion and Change’, to be published in the first half of 2018. 

One of the key issues for scholars who study emotions is the role that they play in processes of social, cultural, historical, political, economic and other forms of change. Particularly relevant to such discussions have been studies of collective or mass emotions and their relationship to social or political movements; the uses of emotion to manipulate groups, such as through mass media, or the key role of affection in childhood development, that plays a significant role in adult life chances and outcomes. Teasing out the role emotion plays in such processes – is it an actor in its own right; a tool to be utilised; or something of both? – remains a significant area of debate in the field. More broadly, an interrogation of emotion can rethink what scholars should look for when assessing change. Is change something that happens at the level of individuals, groups or societies; is feeling enough to mark change or does it have to be followed by action, and if so what counts as action? If emotions are at stake in processes of change, how do they operate to enable change? How is emotion mediated, shared, transformed and put to work? What role do the arts, literature, technology and more play in such emotional processes of change?

The above questions and discussion are intended to stimulate ideas and generate discussion but should not be viewed as limiting. Contributions are welcome that seek to reimagine the terms of this question to further our understanding of the operation of emotion in human life.

Proposals are now invited for 6,000-8,000 word articles (including notes) that fall under this remit and should include a c.500 word abstract of the proposed submission, a short biography of the author and contact information. Please send proposals and enquiries to by 31 July 2016. More information will be available shortly on our website.

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

CFP “Fear”. 21st Annual Graduate Student Conference (Los Angeles)

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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.

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.