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Emotions Work in the Historical Past

banner Image: Angela of Foligno. 18th Century print. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Date: Thursday 13 November, 2014
Time: 9:30am-4.00pm
Venue: University House, Upper East Dining Room, The University of Melbourne
Presenter: Professor Piroska Nagy (Université du Québec à Montréal)

All are welcome to attend the morning lecture, but if you plan to attend the full workshop, please register with Leanne Hunt at leanne.hunt@unimelb.edu.au as space is limited. Please indicate any dietary restrictions as lunch will be served.


9.30–11.00am Piroska Nagy: 'Medieval Emotions and Historical Change: The cases of Angela of Foligno and Lukardis of Oberweimar'

This lecture will reflect on emotions in medieval texts by considering three major questions. It will address how emotions are related to changes in historiography in recent decades. By exploring several medieval cultural constellations it will argue that emotions, and not only their representation, change through time.  It will then use the example of two female mystics who died in 1309, Angela of Foligno and Lukardis of Oberweimar, to show how embodied emotions in the later Middle Ages had a transformative power with respect to the self and community that we no longer expect today.

Piroska Nagy is currently professor of medieval history at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), after having taught at the Université Paris I, the Université des Antilles et de la Guyane, Université de Rouen and the Central European University. She is author of Le don des larmes au Moyen Age. Un instrument spirituel en quête d’institution, Ve-XIIIe siècle (Paris: Albin Michel, 2000) and co-author, with Damien Boquet, of Sensible Moyen Age. Une histoire culturelle des émotions et de la vie affective dans l'Occident médiéval, (Paris: Seuil, forthcoming in 2015). With Damien Boquet in 2006, Nagy launched the first French research project on the history of emotions, EMMA, Emotions in the Middle Ages: and coedited with D. Boquet Émotions médiévales (2007); Le sujet des émotions au Moyen Âge (2009); Politiques des émotions au Moyen Âge (2010); La chair des émotions au Moyen Âge (2011). Her current research centres on the relationship between collective religious emotions in the medieval West and historical change.

11.00am: Morning Tea

Hannah Kilpatrick: Emotional contagion and strong leadership in the chanson de geste: Henry II as epic prince

Aleksondra Hultquist: Genre: The Emotional Practice of Amatory Fiction

Charles Zika: Exploring Emotional Community in Witches’ Dances of the Seventeenth Century

1.00–1.45pm: Lunch

Bronwyn Reddan: Emotions as Practice: Scripts, maps and landscapes

Fincina Hopgood: The Empathy ‘Revolution’: an overview of current research on the emotion of empathy

Grace Moore: On (ab)using Brian Massumi

3.15–3.35pm: Afternoon tea

3.35–4.00pm: Concluding Discussion