Call for Papers for the AHA, 2010: Emotions in History

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Australian Historical Association

Call for Papers for the AHA, 2010: Emotions in History

A team of scholars, headed by Philippa Maddern and SusanBroomhall at the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, UWA, isengaged in an exploration of both the history of emotions, and emotions in historical writing. They are seeking papers for a streamof co-ordinated panels for the Australian Historical Association, to beheld in Perth, 5-9 July 2010.

Emotions, individual and communal, are often taken to be fundamental to human experience. Some neurological andpsychiatric studies of emotions assume that universal (even genetic)factors produce emotions.  Yet emotions are also subject to differingsocial and cultural understandings and formations; and incommunal settings may function as major agents of social, political,and cultural understandings and formations;  and in communal settings may function as major agents of social, political, and  economicchange.  This stream seeks historical papers which explore thefollowing questions in any period or context.

·      To what extent are emotions, as they are understoodor experienced, affected by distinct social and cultural contexts?

·      Do societies undergo changes in emotional regimes (forinstance, the dominance of particular emotions, such as fear, oraggression)?   If so, what drives these changes?

·      How best can historians incorporate consideration of emotionsin their analyses?

Abstracts should comprise a title and 150-word abstract, and besubmitted to Susan Broomhall ( by Friday 20November 2009.  

Please note that all papers must also be submitted to the AHAconvenors for final approval and that presenters at the conference mustbe members of the Australian Historical Association.