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, / Cornelis van der Haven,

Emotions, Psychology and Moral Judgments

Invitation to Conference

Emotions, Psychology and Moral Judgments
University of Amsterdam
June 8-9, 2012

Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in the origins and influences of moral intuitions and judgments. Multiple theories have been defended by philosophers and psychologists. Many of these theories call into question the reliability of our moral intuitions and the normative theories that are based on them. The aim of this conference is to explore these challenges and the possible links between moral psychology and normative ethics, as well as related issues in moral epistemology and metaphysics.

Friday, June 8. 10.00-16.30

Pauline Kleingeld (Groningen): The Significance of Empirical Psychology for
Kantian Ethics
David Enoch (Hebrew University): A Defense of Moral Deference
Stephen Darwall (Yale): Reactive Attitudes and the Epistemology of Deontic

Saturday, June 9. 10.00-16.30

Antti Kauppinen (Trinity College Dublin): Scepticism About Moral
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke): Is Morality Unified?
Bart Streumer (Reading): Can Moral Intuitions Refute the Error Theory?

Doelenzaal, University Library, Singel 425, 1012 WP Amsterdam

Attendance is free but please register by sending a message to with ³Conference Emotions and Moral Judgments ² as the subject header.

The conference is organized by the NWO research project Good Guides or False Pilots? The Role of Emotion in Moral Judgment (Prof. Frans Jacobs, Dr. Antti
Kauppinen, Dr. Thomas Nys, Dr. Laurens van Apeldoorn)