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Feelings matter: Exploring the Cultural Dynamics of Emotion in Early Modern Europe


Image: Pierre Sonnerat, “Fête Quedil en l’Honneur de Mariatale Deesse de la petite Verôle” (1782), detail.

Date: Monday 30 March 2015
Time: 9.30am – 7.30pm
Venue: Istituto Storico Italiano per l’Età Moderna e Contemporanea, Via Michelangelo Caetani, 32, Rome, Italy
Keynote Speakers:
        Prof Charles Zika(CHE, The University of Melbourne)      
        Dr Paola von Wyss-Giacosa (Erfurt / Zurich)
        Prof Ulinka Rublack (St John’s College, University of Cambridge)
        Prof Yasmin Haskell (CHE, The University of Western Australia)
        Giovanni Tarantino (CHE, The University of Melbourne)
        Giuseppe Marcocci (University of Tuscia-Viterbo)

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9.30–9.40 WELCOME
Marcello Verga, Chairman of the Italian Society for the History of the Early Modern Age (SISEM)

Giovanni Tarantino (CHE, The University of Melbourne)
Giuseppe Marcocci (University of Tuscia-Viterbo)


Charles Zika (CHE, The University of Melbourne)
Emotions in the creation of ‘others’: communities of witchcraft in the visual imagery of the 17th century
Discussant: Vincenzo Lavenia (University of Macerata)
Chair: Guido Abbattista (University of Trieste)

11.30–12.00 COFFEE-BREAK

Paola von Wyss-Giacosa (Erfurt / Zurich)
Visual provocations: eliciting emotions through illustration in “Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde”
Discussant: Rolando Minuti (University of Florence)
Chair: Daniel Barbu (University of Bern)

13.30–14.30 LUNCH


Ulinka Rublack (St John’s College, University of Cambridge)
Objects and consumerism in the history of emotions
Discussant: Renata Ago (University of Rome “La Sapienza”)
Chair: Ann Thomson (European University Institute, Fiesole)

16.15–16.45 COFFEE-BREAK

Yasmin Haskell  (CHE, The University of Western Australia)
Enlightened emotions? Father Pierre Brumoy’s philosophical poem on the passions (De motibus animi libri xii, Paris 1741)
Discussant: Xenia von Tippelskirch (Humboldt University, Berlin)
Chair: Lucio Biasiori (Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti, Florence)

18.15–18.30 BREAK

Fernanda Alfieri (Italian-German Historical Institute, Trent), Raffaella Sarti (University of Urbino), Penny Roberts (University of Warwick), Edoardo Tortarolo (University of Eastern Piedmont)
Chair: Alessandro Arcangeli (University of Verona)

Keynote Biographies

Charles Zika is a Professorial Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, and a Chief Investigator in CHE at the University of Melbourne. His research interests lie in the intersection of religion, emotion and visual culture in German-speaking Europe between the 15th and 18th centuries, and at present focus on sacred place, natural disasters and witchcraft. Recent works include The Appearance of Witchcraft: Print and Visual Culture in Sixteenth-Century Europe (Routledge, 2007); and two books related to exhibitions, The Four Horsemen: Apocalypse, Death & Disaster (edited with Catherine Leahy & Jennifer Spinks, NGV, 2012), and Celebrating Word and Image 1250–1600 (with Margaret Manion, Fremantle Press, 2013).

Paola von Wyss-Giacosa teaches in the Department of Ethnology at the University of Zurich. Currently, she is acting junior professor (50%) for the chair of Entangled History and fellow at the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt. She is a member of the research group “Media and Religion” at the University of Zurich. She is the author of Religionsbilder der frühen Aufklärung. Bernard Picart Tafeln für die Cérémonies et Coutumes religieuses de tous les Peuples du Monde (Wabern bei Bern: Benteli 2006). She has curated several exhibitions at the Ethnographic Museum of the University. Research areas include Visual Anthropology, Material Culture, Anthropology of Art, and Religious Studies.

Ulinka Rublack’s research interests focus on sixteenth and seventeenth century culture, its visual and material aspects, the Reformation, gender and society as well as methodological concerns. Her new book, The Astronomer and the Witch: Johannes Kepler’s Fight for his Mother, presents the untold, harrowing story of how the persecution of witchcraft affected families (Oxford University Press 2015). She is, most recently, editor of the Oxford Concise Companion to History. Her most recent monograph is Dressing Up: Cultural Identity in Early Modern Europe, also published by Oxford University Press, which explores the relation between dress and identities in the period and won the Bainton Prize.

Yasmin Haskell is Cassamarca Foundation Chair of Latin Humanism at the University of Western Australia and a Chief Investigator at CHE, where she leads projects on ‘Jesuit Emotions’ and ‘Passions for Learning’. Her books, authored or edited, include Loyola’s Bees: Ideology and Industry in Jesuit Latin Didactic Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2003), Diseases of the Imagination and Imaginary Disease in the Early Modern Period (Brepols, 2011), and Prescribing Ovid: The Latin Works and Networks of the Enlightened Dr Heerkens (Bloomsbury, 2013). Yasmin is currently co-editing (with Raphaële Garrod), Changing Hearts: Performing Jesuit Emotions Between Europe, Asia and the Americas, for Brill’s ‘Jesuit Studies’.

Symposium attendees include: Dr David Armando (CNR, Naples); Dr Lisa Beaven (CHE, Melbourne); Dr Benedetta Borello (University of L’Aquila); Dr Maurizio Campanelli (University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’); Maria Anna Chiatti (Tuscia University); Orazio Coco (University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’); Prof Guido Dall’Olio (University of Urbino); Dr Rosanna De Longis (Istituto Storico Italiano per l’Età Moderna e Contemporanea); Prof Irene Fosi (D’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara); Dr Umberto Grassi; Dr Davide Grippa (University of Milan); Dr Sabina Pavone (University of Macerata); Elena Lugli (Rome); Dr Chiara Petrolini (University of Verona); Francesco Ronco (Scuola Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa); Dr Camilla Russell (University of Newcastle, Australia); Prof Giulio Sodano (The Second University of Naples); Juliana Torres Rodrigues Pereira (UFRY, Rio de Janeiro); Prof Michaela Valente (University of Molise)

This conference is held under the patronage of the Giunta Centrale per gli Studi Storici and is sponsored by:

  • ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Australia)
  • School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at The University of Melbourne
  • Istituto Storico Italiano per l’Età Moderna e Contemporanea
  • University of Eastern Piedmont, Department of Humanities (Research Project Prin 2010-11_TORTAROLO 20108KZTPX_003)
  • University of Tuscia-Viterbo (DISBEC )

Attendance at the conference is free of charge but pre-booking is required.
For pre-booking and information, contact:
giovanni.tarantino@unimelb.edu.au or g.marcocci@unitus.it