Norbert Elias, Emotional Styles, and Historical Change
An Interdisciplinary Collaboratory
ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Change Program
University of Adelaide 14-15 June, 2011
Call for Papers
This is an international Collaboratory on the historical development of emotional styles in
Europe and North America from medieval times to the present. The meeting will focus on the
seminal ideas of the sociologist Norbert Elias about changes in emotions and society in his
The Civilising Process (1939) and his work more generally. Contributions are sought from
historians, sociologists, cultural theorists and others working in the field of the history of
emotions, and may take the form of substantial historical essays or theoretical papers
discussing alternative models and interpretations to those of Elias.
Besides making substantive contributions to historical knowledge, the Collaboratory will
address two important theoretical issues:
– what are the drivers of change in Western societies’ emotional regimes?
– what is the role of collective emotions in socio-historical change?
These questions have been chosen because of their intrinsic importance and their salience for
sociologists and anthropologists, as well as historians and students of law, media, politics and
2. Date and Venue
The Collaboratory will be held at the University of Adelaide 14-15 June, 2011. It is
sponsored by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Change Program.
The meeting is organized by Professor David Lemmings and Professor Ann Brooks.
3. Call for papers
Please submit an abstract of 200 words by 1 February 2011. Completed papers should be
submitted by 15 April 2011. Papers are invited on the following themes:
The history of emotions, especially relating to:
– collective emotions and historical change
– collective identity
– mass emotions and media
– the body
– crime, the administration of justice and punishment
– gender and social theory
– the state and emotional politics
Papers should not exceed 8,000 words in length. They will be pre-circulated to delegates and
uploaded onto the Collaboratory website. At the meeting abbreviated presentations will be
made by all but the keynote speakers so as to maximise time for discussion. Discussants will
be called for at a later point and further details will be circulated in January 2011.
Abstracts should be submitted to email@example.com and
4. Keynote speakers
Keynotes will include Professor Barbara Rosewein (Loyola University of Chicago),
Professor Bryan Turner (City University of New York and the University of Western
Sydney), Professor Nicole Eustace (New York University) and Professor Stephen Mennell,
(University College Dublin and the Norbert Elias Foundation).
5. Registration and Accommodation
There will be no formal Registration fee but a charge of AUS$80 will be made to cover the
costs of the Collaboratory dinner. Accommodation details will be provided in January 2011.
David Lemmings and Ann Brooks
Stephen Mennell is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at University College Dublin, retiring in 2009.
He read economics at Cambridge (1963-66), and then spent the year 1966-67 in the old Department of
Social Relations at Harvard, before teaching at the University of Exeter (1967-90) and at Monash
University, Australia (1990-93). His books include All Manners of Food: Eating and Taste in
England and France from the Middle Ages to the Present (1985), Norbert Elias: Civilization and the
Human Self-Image (1989, paperback Norbert Elias: An Introduction, 1992, 1998), and The American
Civilizing Process (2007). He holds the degrees of Doctor in de Sociale Wetenschappen (Amsterdam)
and Doctor of Letters (Cambridge). He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and
Sciences, of the Royal Irish Academy, and of the Board of the Norbert Elias Foundation, Amsterdam.
Barbara H. Rosenwein is Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago and visiting professor
at the University of Utrecht (2005), the École Normale Supérieure (2004), and the École des Hautes
Etudes en Sciences Sociales (1992), She received her Ph.D. degree in History from the University of
Chicago. She is author of many articles and has written several books on Cluny, including To Be the
Neighbor of Saint Peter: The Social Meaning of Cluny’s Property, 909-1049 (1989) and Negotiating
Space: Power, Restraint, and Privileges of Immunity in Early Medieval. Europe (1999). On the
subject of emotions, she is (among other things) editor of Anger’s Past: The Social Uses of an
Emotion in the Middle Ages (1998) and author of Emotional Communities in the Early Middle Ages
(2006). She is currently working on a book tentatively entitled Emotions Past: A History, which
argues that the history of emotions is best seen as a succession of “emotional communities”– groups
whose members share standards and norms of emotional expression–some of which recede and others
of which come to the fore (for various reasons) over time.
Nicole Eustace is Associate Professor of History at New York University. She received her B.A.
from Yale University and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of
Passion Is the Gale: Emotion, Power, and the Coming of the American Revolution (UNC Press,
2008). She is currently at work on a study of emotion and political change during the outbreak of the
first declared war in the constitutional United States: American Ardor: The Politics of Passion and
Population in the War of 1812.
Bryan S. Turner is the Presidential Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center, The City
University of New York , where he is Director of the Committee on Religion, and concurrently the
Director of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies at the University of Western
Sydney. He was previously the Alona Evans Distinguished Visiting Professor at Wellesley College
USA (2009-2010) and has held professorships at Flinders University, Essex University, Deakin
University, the State University of Utrecht, and at the National University of Singapore. He was also a
professorial fellow at Fitzwilliam College and professor of sociology at the University of Cambridge
(1998-2005). He was an Alexander von Humboldt Professorial Fellow at Bielefeld University in
1987. Weber and Islam established his reputation in the sociology of Islam in 1974. More recently he
edited The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion (2010) and the four volume
Secularization (Sage, 2010). Vulnerability and Human Rights came out in 2006 and Can we live
forever? in 2009.The third edition of The Body and Society came out in 2008 and Religion and
Modern Society; citizenship, secularisation and the state (Cambridge University Press) will appear in
2011. He was the founding editor of Citizenship Studies, Body & Society (with Mike Featherstone)
and Journal of Classical Sociology (with John O’Neill). He is the series editor of Key Issues in
Modern Sociology and Tracts for the Times with Anthem Press, and with Gabriele Marranci he edits
the new series on Muslims in Global Societies for Springer. Professor Turner is a Fellow of the
Australian Academy of the Social Sciences, a member of the American Sociological Research
Association, and was awarded a Doctor of Letters by Cambridge University in 2009.