The Cultural History of Emotions in Pre-modernity II
Emotions East and West
Istanbul, Sept. 29-Oct. 01, 2011
Building on the momentum of the successful 2008 workshop held at Umeċ University in Sweden, a new conference on the cultural history of emotions is now being organized, this time in Istanbul, Turkey. Developed jointly by historians at Sabancı University (Istanbul), Bilkent University (Ankara), University of Washington (Seattle) and the Network for Cultural History of Emotions in Pre-modernity (CHEP) at Umeċ University, the program will run over three days and include six invited keynote talks and a full calendar of talks by established scholars, post-graduates and advanced graduate students in the arts and humanities, in addition to providing opportunities to sample life in one of the worlds most fascinating cities.
The conferences general theme is Emotions in East and West. So far the history of emotions has been dominated by a western and European perspective. Our aim is to organize a first conference on this theme in Turkey which we hope will attract new scholars and students into the field and bring researchers from east and west together for discussions on how to develop comparative and multicultural analyses in the future. We welcome contributions on all aspects of the cultural history of emotions from as many disciplines and diverse approaches as possible, including (but not limited to) history, the history of ideas, art, literature, musicology, politics, philosophy, cultural anthropology, religion, and gender studies. The conference will continue to explore the broad themes of the Umeċ gathering: for example, emotions as a historical concept, emotions in religious and political contexts, visual representations of emotions and emotional gestures, the language of emotions and its literary manifestations, music and emotions, the gendering of emotions, sensibility, sentimentalism, love, melancholy, and despair; in addition to issues dealing with inter-cultural representations of emotions (Easterners and Westerners representing each others emotions), emotions and cultural identities, multi-cultural and comparative perspectives.
For further information and the program please visit the program website at http://www.chep2011.bilkent.edu.tr/
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