Tears, Sighs and Laughter. Expressions of Emotions in the Middle Ages

Tears, Sighs and Laughter

Expressions of Emotions in the Middle Ages

By Per Förnegård (red.), Erika Kihlman (red.), Mia Åkestam (red.), Gunnel Engwall (red.)

Konferenser, 92
ISBN: 9789174024470
Soft cover: 330 pages
Published: 2017
Language: eng

SEK 235

In the 1990s a new interest for research on emotions and affectivity in the humanities and the social sciences began to develop. This movement, later referred to as “the affective turn”, has been a most productive and vigorous field of research in the past decades as it opens up for new interpretations of historical source materials and enables studies of the relationship between states of mind and materiality. In addition, it prompts questions of, for example, gender, power and religiosity, thus being conducive to a fuller understanding of historical events, places and persons.

This anthology is the result of a Marcus Wallenberg symposium held at The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, focused on interpretations of emotions as expressed in medieval art and literature. The contributing scholars represent a wide variety of disciplines as can be seen in the range of topics and materials in the articles. Emotional expressions within the religious as well as the secular spheres are analyzed, drawing on hagiographical and biblical texts, monastic writings and sermons, early modern novels and comic tales, crusader stories, historical chronicles and even runes.

The Authors: Roger Andersson, Alexander Andrée, Martha Bayless, Kim Bergqvist, Tomas Ekenberg, Olle Ferm, Carin Franzén, Claes Gejrot, Wojtek Jezierski, Magnus Källström, Sofia Lodén, Piroska Nagy, Corinne Péneau, Claire L. Sahlin, Jean-Claude Schmitt, Wim Verbaal, Kurt Villads Jensen, Elisabeth Wåghäll Nivre & Mia Åkestam.



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: cfp-emotions@mpib-berlin.mpg.de.
Contact Info: 
Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Center for the History of Emotions
Daphne Rozenblatt
Lentzeallee 94
14195 Berlin
Contact Email:



26th-28th June 2017
pour le programme, cliquez ici
Autrement dit, l’historien.ne de l’émotion a l’embarras du choix: les mêmes jours, trois colloques internationaux se tiennent autour des émotions en Europe : Umea, York, Lleida !

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: emotions@uwa.edu.au by Friday 27 January 2017.


Colloque « Les émotions au Moyen Âge : un objet littéraire » – 12 et 13 janvier 2017

Source: Cérédi

arton417Colloque « Les émotions au Moyen Âge : un objet littéraire »
le 12 janvier 2017, salle des Sociétés savantes, 198 rue Beauvoisine, Rouen
le 13 janvier 2017, Maison de l’Université, Mont-Saint-Aignan

Laurence Mathey-Maille (Université du Havre),
Didier Lechat (Université de Caen),
Michèle Guéret-Laferté et l’équipe de littérature et langue médiévales (Université de Rouen)


Jeudi 12 janvier


9 h 30 : Accueil des participants et ouverture du colloque

Présidence : Elisabeth Lalou

10 h : Damien BOQUET (Université d’Aix-Marseille), « L’histoire des émotions ou le Moyen Âge mis en récit (chapitre 1) »

10 h 30 : Christiane VEYRARD-COSME (Université Paris 3-Sorbonne nouvelle), « Émotions et écriture de la sainteté : le cas de la Vita beati Alcuini (IXe siècle) »

11 h : Pause

Présidence : Jean Maurice

11 h 15 : Beate LANGENBRUCH (ENS Lyon), « La recherche sur les émotions épiques médiévales : premiers jalons »

11 h 45 : Lisa SANCHO (Université de Bourgogne), « La honte est-elle l’émotion d’un genre spécifique ? »

12 h 15 : Gabrielle GRANDCAMP (Université du Havre), « Créer, mettre en scène et susciter l’émotion : la dramaturgie des Miracles de Nostre Dame par personnages »

12 h 45 : Pause déjeuner


Présidence : Florence Bouchet

14 h 15 : Gioia PARADISI (Université de la Sapienza, Rome), « Remarques sur les émotions et l’affectivité dans le Breviari d’amor de Matfre Ermengaud. Le discours anti-érotique »

14 h 45 : Guillaume ORIOL (Université Bordeaux Montaigne), « Écrire l’inintelligibilité de l’amour : analyse stylistique des métaphores “émotionnelles” chez les troubadours du trobar clus »

15 h 15 : Marjolaine RAGUIN (Université de Liège), « Chansons de croisades lyriques françaises et occitanes : postures de l’amant, postures du combattant »

16 h-18 h : Visite conférence du Musée des Antiquités et de l’exposition sur le Moyen Âge « Trésors enluminés de Normandie »

Vendredi 13 janvier


Présidence : Patrick Moran

9 h : Anna LOBA (Université de Poznan, Pologne), « “Extreme doleur et lyesse ne se peuent celer”. Les émotions au service de la politique et de la morale dans l’œuvre de Philippe de Mézières »

9 h 30 : Camille CARNAILLE (Université de Genève, Suisse), « Semblant et émotion : Réflexions autour de la mise en scène émotionnelle »

10 h : Anatole-Pierre FUKSAS (Université de Cassino, Italie), « Amor et crieme dans Cligès de Chrétien de Troyes, le recueil de sentences de Publilius Sirus et une épitre ad Lucilium »

10 h 30 : Pause

Présidence : Élisabeth Mathieu

11 h : Gérard GROS (Université de Picardie), « La joie d’être guéri. L’expression de l’émotion chez les miraculés de Soissons (Gautier de Coinci, Miracles de Nostre Dame) »

11 h 30 : Claire DONNAT-ARACIL (Université Paris 3 – Sorbonne nouvelle), « “Trop a le cuer vain qui ne te sert par grant deduit. La joie et la douceur dans l’écriture de Gautier de Coinci »

12 h : Hélène DUPRAZ-ROCHAS (Université de Paris-Sorbonne), « Le plaisir littéraire en question dans les Miracles de Nostre Dame de Gautier de Coinci »

12 h 30 : Pause déjeuner


Présidence : Marie-Madeleine Castellani

14 h : Sandrine LEGRAND (Université de Lille), « Pleurer la mort du héros : la mort d’Hector dans le Roman de Troie de Benoît de Sainte-Maure »

14 h 30 : Magaly DEL VECCHIO (Université de Lorraine), « “Grans fut li deuls, li bruis et la rançons”, la tristesse comme objet littéraire dans La Prise de Cordres et de Sebille »

15h : Flore VERDON (Université de Reims), « Nouvelle approche générique des lais bretons : étude de l’interrelation des émotions et de l’espace arthurien »

15 h 30 : Pause

Présidence : Véronique Dominguez

16 h : Mireille DEMAULES (Université d’Artois), « Entre plaisir et déplaisir : le récit de rêve et ses émotions »

16 h 30 : Sébastien DOUCHET (Université d’Aix-Marseille) « “Ha Ha lets laffe at this lye”. Émotion de lecture et note marginale dans l’exemplaire BnF Res. Ye 851 des Loups ravissants (Antoine Vérard, 1503) »

17 h -17 h 30 : Discussion / Conclusion

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

The Ancient Emotion of Disgust


Source : OUP

The Ancient Emotion of Disgust, Oxford university Press, 2016

Donald Lateiner and Dimos Spatharas (ed.)

The study of emotions and emotional displays has achieved a deserved prominence in recent classical scholarship. The emotions of the classical world can be plumbed to provide a valuable heuristic tool. Emotions can help us understand key issues of ancient ethics, ideological assumptions, and normative behaviors, but, more frequently than not, classical scholars have turned their attention to « social emotions » requiring practical decisions and ethical judgments in public and private gatherings. The emotion of disgust has been unwarrantedly neglected, even though it figures saliently in many literary genres, such as iambic poetry and comedy, historiography, and even tragedy and philosophy.
This collection of seventeen essays by fifteen authors features the emotion of disgust as one cutting edge of the study of Greek and Roman antiquity. Individual contributions explore a wide range of topics. These include the semantics of the emotion both in Greek and Latin literature, its social uses as a means of marginalizing individuals or groups of individuals, such as politicians judged deviant or witches, its role in determining aesthetic judgments, and its potentialities as an elicitor of aesthetic pleasure. The papers also discuss the vocabulary and uses of disgust in life (Galli, actors, witches, homosexuals) and in many literary genres: ancient theater, oratory, satire, poetry, medicine, historiography, Hellenistic didactic and fable, and the Roman novel. The Introduction addresses key methodological issues concerning the nature of the emotion, its cognitive structure, and modern approaches to it. It also outlines the differences between ancient and modern disgust and emphasizes the appropriateness of « projective or second-level disgust » (vilification) as a means of marginalizing unwanted types of behavior and stigmatizing morally condemnable categories of individuals. The volume is addressed first to scholars who work in the field of classics, but, since texts involving disgust also exhibit significant cultural variation, the essays will attract the attention of scholars who work in a wide spectrum of disciplines, including history, social psychology, philosophy, anthropology, comparative literature, and cross-cultural studies.

Introductory: Theory and Practice of an Ambivalent Emotion
Donald Lateiner (Ohio Wesleyan University)
Dimos Spatharas (University of Crete)
1. Empathy and the Limits of Disgust in the Hippocratic Corpus
George Kazantzidis (University of Patras/Open University of Cyprus)
2. Moral Disgust in Sophocles’ Philoctetes
Emily Allen-Hornblower (Rutgers University)
3. Disgust and Delight: The Polysemous Exclamation Aiboi in Attic Comedy
Daniel Levine (University of Arkansas)
4. Demosthenes and the use of disgust
Nick Fisher (Cardiff University)
5. Sex, politics and disgust in Aeschines’ Against Timarchus
Dimos Spatharas (University of Crete)
6. Beauty in suffering: disgust in Nicander’s Theriaca
Floris Overduin (Radboud University)
7. Not Tonight, Dear-I’m Feeling a Little /pig/
Robert Kaster (Princeton University)
8. Beyond Disgust: The Politics of Fastidium in Livy’s AUC
Alison Haimson-Lushkov (University of Texas at Austin)
9. Witches, Disgust, and Anti-abortion Propaganda in Imperial Rome
Debbie Felton (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
10. Evoking Disgust in the Latin Novels of Petronius and Apuleius
Donald Lateiner (Ohio Wesleyan University)
11. Obscena Galli praesentia: Dehumanizing Cybele’s Eunuch Priests through Disgust
Marika Rauhala (University of Oulu)
12. Monstrum in fronte, monstrum in animo?: Sublate disgust and pharmakos logic in the Aesopic vitae
Tom Hawkins (The Ohio State University)
13. Smelly bodies on stage: disgusting actors of the Roman imperial period
Mali Skotheim (Princeton University)
Index Rerum
Index Auctorum Antiquorum et locorum

Generazioni di sentimenti Una storia delle emozioni, 600-1700


Source : Viella

Generazioni di sentimenti. Una storia delle emozioni, 600-1700, Viella, 2016

Barbara H. Rosenwein

Traduzione e cura di Riccardo Cristiani

Collana: La storia. Temi, 51

Generazioni di sentimenti è il primo libro in Italia a offrire tutta la novità degli studi recenti di storia delle emozioni, uno dei più interessanti e nuovi filoni della ricerca storica internazionale. Barbara Rosenwein esplora varietà, trasformazioni e costanti dei sentimenti espressi da numerose comunità emotive nell’arco di undici secoli di storia europea, dal medioevo alla prima età moderna. I capitoli si concentrano in particolare su Francia e Inghilterra e toccano comunità disparate – quelle del monastero inglese di Rievaulx (XII sec.) e della corte ducale di Borgogna (XV sec.), ad esempio – valutando i modi in cui le norme emotive e le forme espressive rispondono agli ambienti sociali, religiosi e culturali, e come a loro volta creano quegli ambienti. Unendo le emozioni sperimentate “sul campo” a quelle teorizzate nei trattati di Alcuino, Tommaso d’Aquino, Jean Gerson e Thomas Hobbes, questo studio mette finalmente a disposizione un racconto nuovo e profondo della vita emotiva occidentale.

  • Premessa all’edizione italiana
  • Nota del traduttore
  • Abbreviazioni e sigle
  • Introduzione
  • 1. Le teorie antiche
  • 2. Calorosità e freddezza
  • 3. La terapia di Alcuino
  • 4. Amore e tradimento
  • 5. Tommaso e le passioni
  • 6. Teatralità e sobrietà
  • 7. La musica di Gerson
  • 8. Disperazione e felicità
  • 9. Hobbes e i movimenti
  • Conclusioni
  • Fonti e bibliografia
  • Elenco delle figure
  • Indice dei nomi, dei luoghi e delle parole di emozioni

Barbara H. Rosenwein è docente emerita della Loyola University di Chicago. Si è occupata di monachesimo cluniacense, di immunità monastiche e di esenzioni vescovili. È l’autrice di un manuale di storia medievale per le università americane – A Short History of the Middle Ages – ormai alla sua quarta edizione. Dalla fine degli anni Novanta dedica le sue ricerche alla storia delle emozioni e nel 2006 è uscito il suo Emotional Communities in the Early Middle Ages.

Disaster, Death and the Emotions in the Shadow of the Apocalypse, 1400–1700


Source : Palgrave

Disaster, Death and the Emotions in the Shadow of the Apocalypse, 1400–1700, Palgrave, 2016

Editors: Spinks, Jennifer, Zika, Charles (Eds.)

In late medieval and early modern Europe, textual and visual records of disaster and mass death allow us to encounter the intense emotions generated through the religious, providential and apocalyptic frameworks that provided these events with meaning. This collection brings together historians, art historians, and literary specialists in a cross-disciplinary collection shaped by new developments in the history of emotions. It offers a rich range of analytical frameworks and case studies, from the emotional language of divine providence to individual and communal experiences of disaster. Geographically wide-ranging, the collection also analyses many different sorts of media: from letters and diaries to broadsheets and paintings. Through these and other historical records, the contributors examine how communities and individuals experienced, responded to, recorded and managed the emotional dynamics and trauma created by dramatic events like massacres, floods, fires, earthquakes and plagues.