Lecture: The Empire of the Senses

On Tuesday 3 October, Daniele Hacke will visit ACCESS to give a lecture on sensory knowledge, communication and cultural encounters in the early Americas. You do not need to register for this lecture. We hope to see you there!

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BATTLEFIELD EMOTIONS 1500-1900 interdisciplinary workshop

Friday 18 january 2013, 10:00 – 17:00

VU University, Boelelaan 1105 Amsterdam (room 1 E – 13)          For a route description see this link.


Battlefield Emotions 

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

11.40 Coffee

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)

15.30 Coffee

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)

17.00 Drinks

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, h.m.e.p.kuijpers@hum.leidenuniv.nl / Cornelis van der Haven, Cornelis.vanderHaven@UGent.be

Meeting with Prof. Susan Broomhall

The Amsterdam Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Emotion and Sensory Studies organizes a meeting with Prof. Susan Broomhall, chief investigator at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

Date and time: June 19. 2012, 15.00-17.00

(Welcome with coffee/tea at 14.45)

Place: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam, Room 07A09

Routebeschrijving Hoofdgebouw Vrije Universiteit – OV

During this seminar Susan Broomhall will present a paper on her current research in the history of emotions:

Early Modern Colonialisms, Objects and Emotions in modern narrative–making contexts”

In her presentation, Broomhall examines the curation of a community festival in Kalbarri, Western Australia, as an opportunity to rethink academic research about emotions. The Zest Festival, a five-year project commencing in 2012, traces the interaction of the Western Australian coast with the Dutch East India Company, commemorating the anniversary of the ship ‘Zuytdorp’, wrecked in 1712, and the anniversary of the Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog’s landing in 1616. At one level, this paper explores the curation of this local community event as an entry point to the presentation of historical emotions, understandings and practices, and the role of empathy as an interpretive tool for historical understanding. At another, it examines how shipwrecks specifically provide an opportunity to discuss the notion of an ’emotional community’ within the VOC leadership.

After a tea break we will continue around 16.15 with:

ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions: Interdisciplinary Methods in Practice”

A short presentation of the development of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence, Centre for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100-1800 (http://www.emotions.uwa.edu.au/), within the funding scheme’s science-oriented parameters and paradigms. In this part of her presentation Susan Broomhall will explore the uses of interdisciplinarity within the Centre’s research practices and the challenges of these approaches.

Prof. Inger Leemans (VU University) will open the discussion as a discussant.

Susan Broomhall is Winthrop Professor at the School of Humanities (History) at The University of Western Australia

She published widely on the history of women and gender in early modern Europe, as well as on the role of scholarly histories in heritage tourism and arts industries.

See for her publications: http://www.uwa.edu.au/people/susan.broomhall

Organisation / more information:

Erika Kuijpers, Universiteit Leiden, The Amsterdam Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Emotion and Sensory Studies and the Faculty of Arts of VU University. h.m.e.p.kuijpers@leidenuniv.nl