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Emotions in Conflict

The Second Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Emotions (SHE). 

Image: David Garrick as Richard III William Hogarth c.1745. Wikimedia Commons.

Dates: 2‒4 October 2019
Venue: University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Committee: David Dean, Kathryn Prince, Piroska Nagy
Registration: Register here by 1 July 2019 for early bird rate.
Enquiries: conflict@vectorsofemotion.com

Details about the conference will be updated regularly on this website.


Conflict (whether interpersonal, intercultural, interspecies or individual) can lead to devastating consequences, but it is also an important catalyst for creativity and an indicator of social change. The emotions associated with conflict can be as pleasurable as the relish of dramatic tension or as devastating as a complete physical and mental collapse of the self.

The accepted presenters, panels, and plenaries consider the emotions associated with conflict, examining how various cultures have understood the nexus of emotions and conflict and exploring conflicting emotions in many contexts. The conference includes both French and English strands, as befits its Ottawa location.


The conference takes place in LabO, an experimental performance space at the north edge of the uOttawa campus right in the heart of Ottawa. LabO shares its building with the Ottawa Art Gallery and is adjacent to Rideau Centre, a large shopping mall that serves as the gateway to Ottawa’s Byward Market district. A few blocks away you’ll find the National Arts Centre and the National Gallery, with the Canadian Museum of History just beyond, across the bridge that separates the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. As the national capital and at the confluence of English, French, and Indigenous cultures, Ottawa is a cultural and culinary city that would definitely reward a longer visit.


We have negotiated a discounted rate at Les Suites, an all-suite hotel one minute’s walk to the conference venue, available for bookings made before 1 July 2019, subject to availability. Accepted participants have received the booking code by e-mail: registrants who are not presenting but wish to benefit from this rate should contact the organisers at conflict@vectorsofemotion.com for further information.

For those who prefer Airbnb, the neighbourhoods of Sandy Hill, Centretown, and the Byward Market are all within easy reach of the campus and well supplied with options. There are also numerous guesthouses and traditional B&Bs in those neighbourhoods.  


The conference fee includes coffee breaks, lunches, and the opening cocktail reception. Discounted rates are available for 2019 members of the Society for the History of Emotions (SHE), for students, and for unwaged participants. Please see the registration page for the various prices and to register.

When you register you can also make your reservation for the optional but enthusiastically recommended conference dinner on 3 October 2019, including a three-course meal with wine. Guests are welcome to join us, and a variety of dietary needs can be accommodated.

Early bird registration is open now and will continue until 1 July 2019. Registration fees will increase by AUD50 from 2 July.

Register here


Keep an eye on this website for updates, and please don’t hesitate to contact us at conflict@vectorsofemotion.com with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Ottawa! 

Key Dates
  • 1 July 2019: Deadline to register at the early bird rate and to receive the discounted hotel rate (subject to availability).
  • 1 September 2019: Registrations close.
Conference Committee

This event is sponsored by the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and is supported by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

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.