Friday 18 january 2013, 10:00 – 17:00
VU University, Boelelaan 1105 Amsterdam (room 1 E – 13) For a route description see this link.
From the 18th century onwards there is a growing interest in battlefield emotions. This can for example be seen in the reports and memoirs of soldiers, in the shift of focus from heroic facts to individual emotions in art and literature and the appearance of empathy and enthusiasm as important notions in military science. The aim of the workshop is to study how and why this changes did occur. In doing so it will try to chart the changes in expressions of battlefield emotions and shed light on the social and cultural developments that brought these changes about.
Registration is possible before 1 january. If you want to participate please fill in this form.
See for the program below or download the full program with the abstracts of the lectures here .
10.00 – 10.40 Welcome and introduction
10.40 – 11.40 Lecture by Mary A. Favret (Indiana University, USA) Fallen Bodies: Considering Soldiers and Suicides c.1800 (download abstract) and discussion
11.50 Richard Smith (Goldsmiths University of London, UK) A “considerably larger emotional capacity than the English”: Changing representations of the West Indian soldier’s character and sensibilities from the French Revolution to the First World War (download abstract) and discussion.
12.40 Lunch break
13.40 David Lederer (NUI Maynooth, Ireland) Where is the battlefield? The Ubiquity of Fear during the Thirty Years War (download abstract)
14.10 Lisa de Boer (Westmont College, USA) The Sidelong Glance: Tracing ‘Battlefield Emotions’ in Dutch Art of the Golden Age (download abstract)
15.50 Mareen van Marwyck (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) “Love Wars”: The Sentimentalization of Violence in Early 19th Century German Literature (download abstract) and discussion
16.40 Conclusions by Dorothee Sturkenboom (Independent Scholar)
Battlefield Emotions 1500-1900 is organized by: Amsterdam Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Emotion and Sensory Studies (ACCESS), Group for Early Modern Studies Ghent University (GEMS), History Department Leiden University. For more information: Erika Kuijpers, firstname.lastname@example.org / Cornelis van der Haven, Cornelis.vanderHaven@UGent.be