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Emotions in the Early Modern Contact Zone

 Colonial encounters and cross-cultural emotions in the early modern world and in late colonial Australia


Image: 'Portrait of Christian Protten and his wife Rebecca'. By Johann Valentin Haidt, held by the Moravian Archives (Unity Archives [Archiv der Bruder-Unitat]), Herrnhut, Germany. Image Courtesy of Jon Sensbach as shown on www.slaveryimages.org, compiled by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite, and sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library

Date: Friday 26 June 2015
Time: 9.15am to 4.00pm
Venue: Videoconference Room 1.33, First Floor, Arts Building, The University of Western Australia (UWA)
Registration: The event is free, but RSVP is requested by close of business Thursday 25 June 2015 to katrina.tap@uwa.edu.au
Convenors: Jacqueline Van Gent (UWA) and Kathryn Prince (University of Ottawa)

Early modern exploration and colonization brought diverse emotional  regimes into contact, often in fraught circumstances, resulting in the high-stakes cross-cultural communication (or, often, miscommunication) of emotions via gesture, facial expression, the symbolic exchange of objects, and meaningful movements through space.  These contact zones are rich sites for explorations of the intercultural linguistic and extra-linguistic interpretation of emotions, recorded in official reports, letters home, oral history, legal proceedings, and the historical record of events precipitated by a misreading of these culturally-contingent markers of emotion.

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Program: Emotions in the Early Modern Colonial Contact Zone
9:15am: Welcome and opening (Jacqueline Van Gent)
9.30am- 10am:  Jacqueline Van Gent 'Moravian missions and emotions in early modern encounters'
10.00-10.30am: Kathryn Prince 'Perilous Empathy on the Early Modern Frontier'
10.30-11.30am: Morning Tea
11.30am-12noon: Susan Broomhall (UWA), Friendship in the New World: Catherine de Medici and diplomatic emotions in the French Huguenot colonisation of Florida
12noon-1.30pm: Lunch at the University Club (own expense)
1.30 – 2.00pm: David Lederer (Maynooth University and The University of Adelaide), by videolink from Adelaide: 'Fear among German Missionaries to South Australia and New Guinea' 
2.00-2.30pm: Claire McLisky (Copenhagen University and Griffith University), 'The cross-cultural communication of emotions in encounters between Lutheran missionaries and Greenlanders, 1720s-1750s'
2.30-3.00pm: Mick Warren (The University of Sydney), '“In the hope of striking terror”: From ‘Amity and Kindness’ to the Performativity of Violence in New South Wales and Van Dieman’s 1788-1830'.
3.00-3.30pm: Alejandro E. Gomez (videolink, Lille University, France), 'Fearful Attitudes and Socio-Racial Representations of Coloured Afro-Descendants in the Atlantic World'.
3.30pm: Concluding discussion and coffee/ wine in the University Club (own expense)

Thumbnail image: Albert Eckhout, Tupi Woman, c.1610-1666. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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