NIAS Workshop on Emotion and Subjectivity, 1300-1900
Dr. Tara MacDonald and Dr. Kristine Johanson organized a two-day workshop on Emotion and Subjectivity, 1300-1900, at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Wassenaar on 29 and 30 September.
The workshop brings together scholars from the Netherlands, the UK, and Germany, who are working on various historical and literary approaches to the study of emotions. During the two days in Wassenaar, participants will explore the ways in which emotion has been placed in dialogue with sociocultural values and political discourse in the period 1300-1900. The workshop primarily engages with emotion in a European context and so will raise questions about national stereotypes and emotions, as well as the possibility of characterizing a ‘European’ selfhood.
In their papers, participating scholars explore emotional rhetoric in a range of texts, such as medical and scientific tracts, visual art, music, theatre, literature, historiography, and war reporting. Individual topics range from medieval medicine to Early Modern theatre to midwifery manuals of the eighteenth-century to the emotional appeal of opera in the nineteenth century. All workshop participants are invested in understanding the historical development both of emotions and the subject, concerns which continue to impact and shape European culture, literature, and art as we know it today. The final program is available here.
The workshop was generously supported by NIAS, the Amsterdam School for Culture and History (ASCH), the Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL), Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms (SPIN), and the Huizinga Institute.