The Amsterdam Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Emotion and Sensory Studies (ACCESS) organizes a seminar on the:
Cultural specificity of embodied emotions and smell
In this seminar Zhen Pan and Caro Verbeek address the question of the human universality and historical specificity of emotional expression and the experience of smell. Please be welcome to hear, see and inhale!
De reuk, Cornelis Dusart, 1670 – 1704, engraving, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Place: Meertens Instituut: Joan Muyskenweg 25, Amsterdam
Date: Tuesday 22 March 2016
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‘Silence’ is trending. Ever more people embrace silence as a way of escaping the pressures of daily life. Yet silence itself is not new; it has a long and sometimes painful history. This book tries to capture the many faces of silence as a historical phenomenon. Dealing with topics such as art, trauma, migration, politics and education it addresses the history, cultural diversity and cultural force of silence.
Pieter Verstraete is a lecturer in Historical Pedagogy in the department of Education, Culture and Society of the University of Louvain. He has authored many books, including In the Shadow of Disability and Verminkte stilte. He was awarded with the Disability History Association Outstanding Book Award for his book The Imperfect Historian.
Josephine Hoegaerts is a postdoctoral researcher in the research group ‘Modernity and Society 1750-2000’ at the University of Louvain and the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. Her research focuses on the social history of the human voice in Western-Europe.
More information on the book can be found here.
ACCESS-director Inger Leemans comments in Elsevier on the historicity of emotions and historical changes in thinking on how and where they are felt.
On November 3, Professor Christopher E. Forth will present his research on the cultural history of fat in a lecture at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, entitled ‘Fat and Happy? Corpulence and the Emotions in the Modern West.’
The old English proverb ‘laugh and grow fat’ seems counter-intuitive to our modern outlook on corpulence. Implying that mirthful happiness is at once cause and effect of fleshy bodies, this bit of traditional wisdom flies in the face of contemporary beliefs that fatness is more likely to be symptomatic of unhappiness and desperation. Surveying a range of texts from antiquity to the present, this paper unpacks the complicated relationship between corpulence and the emotions in European culture. It proposes that our current skepticism about fatness and happiness partly reflects the inherently ambiguous ways in which ‘fat’ and ‘fattening’ have been understood in the West.
15.30-18.00 hrs in room 10A-20 in the Main Building of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105.
On 18 and 19 September 2015, ACCESS and the Department of Language, Literature and Communication of the Faculty of Humanities at VU University are organising an international conference on Compassion in Early Modern Culture.
Keynote speakers are Katherine Ibbett (University College London), Jan Frans van Dijkhuizen (Leiden University) and Bruce R. Smith (University of Southern California). In the parallel sessions, international researchers will present their research on early modern compassion.
ACCESS members are most welcome to attend (parts of) this conference. For more information, the programme, and (free) registration, see the conference website.
VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 18-19 September 2015
This two-day international conference aims to bring together literary scholars, art historians, musicologists, and cultural historians to explore thinking about the experience as well as the social and political impact of compassion in early modern European culture. It seeks to combine two current approaches to the early modern passions: historical phenomenology on the one hand and the analysis of the role of compassion in the public sphere on the other. Sir Philip Sidney famously claimed political impact for the experience of compassion when he wrote that that the feelings of pity and fear aroused by tragedy could mollify the hearts of tyrants. Participants are invited to discuss which views on the experience of compassion existed in early modern Europe, and how the arousal of compassion in literature, theatres, art, sermons, music, and elsewhere was thought to impact – or did impact – the public sphere.
Katherine Ibbett (University College London)
Bruce R. Smith (University of Southern California)
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