The International Max Planck Research School for Moral Economies of Modern Societies are starting a new PhD program in october 2013. It focuses on identifying which kind of values, emotions and habits inform and inspire the social formations that have emerged since the eighteenth century. The School sets out to investigate how ‘moral economies’ were composed, organized and practiced in the last three centuries.
Emotions in History: Lost and Found
A lecture by Prof. dr. Ute Frevert
Director of the Center for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institut, Berlin
ACCESS, VU University Amsterdam, 22 March 2012, 16.00 hrs, room 12A-00
Emotions are historically informed. Even though men and women may have always felt and shown emotions, those have differed in style, object, intensity, and valence. While certain emotions got lost in history, other ones rose to prominence, depending on political incentives, social challenges, and cultural choices. For instance, in European societies, honour and shame practices have fundamentally changed over the course of modernity, gradually losing their grip on people’s self-perceptions and attitudes. At the same time, compassion and empathy have become crucial components of the modern ’emotional self’. Although they have motivated a plethora of humanitarian activities and institutions, they have also been hampered by severe obstacles and seen periods of dramatic decline.
Ute Frevert is one of the most outstanding European historians of our time. Famous for her research on gender and on honour and shame, winner in 1998 of the prestigious Leibniz Prize, and having taught at the universities of Berlin, Konstanz, Bielefeld and Yale, she is now Director of the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.
16.00 – 17.15 Lecture & discussion
17.15-18.00 Reception/ drinks
If you wish to attend this lecture, please register by completing this form before 15 March 2012.