The cluster considers the relationship between media and emotion, how media affects emotions, and how emotions are used in media.
Image: The Art and Mystery of Printing Emblematically Displayed (1732). Copyright of the British Museum
The cluster brings together researchers across a variety of disciplines looking at media past and present: print media (books, pamphlets, broadsheets, news) and visual media (paintings, woodcuts, etchings, cartoons). We are interested in exploring how different types of media represent emotion, and how authors and artists try to inspire or provoke emotional responses in their audiences. Changing technologies also affect people’s relationship with media and content, altering the frequency and the methods of media consumption. Another important area of research is trying to uncover how certain media actually makes people “feel”, in other words, how do audiences respond, and do they respond as anticipated? How did media help to shape the emotional styles of certain periods, places, or groups, and how did stylistic and technological advancements affect the presentation of emotions in media over time?
In today’s world we are confronted with attempts to influence our emotions every time we turn on the TV, open a newspaper, or log on to social media. Understanding how emotion is constructed, used, and even abused in the media can help us to interpret authors’ motivations when presenting affecting stories or issues, and to unpick the role of emotions in shaping our worldview.
We aim to engage with wider debate about how media employs and affects emotion by holding public lectures and authoring open-access commentary. We also hope to connect with other scholars by convening conference panels on the theme of media and emotions, and running symposia and collaboratories for cluster members to share ideas and approaches.
Alessandro Arcangeli (Verona University), Amelia Dale (The University of Sydney), Amelia Walker (The University of South Australia), Annmarie Reid (The University of South Australia), Anthony Todd (The University of Adelaide), Brenton Malin (The University of Pittsburgh), Carolyn Collins (The University of Adelaide), Carol Williams (Monash), David Lederer (Maynooth University), Debbie Rodan (Edith Cowan University), Edward Owens (The University of Lincoln), Erica Millar (The University of Adelaide), Fay Anderson (Monash), Giles Fielke (The University of Melbourne), Ivan Hrstic (Institut Ivo Pilar), Jackie Dickinson (The University of Melbourne), Jane Mummery (Federation University), Jessica Douthwaite (The University of Strathclyde), John Budarick (The University of Adelaide), Joy McEntee (The University of Adelaide), Karin Wahl-Jorgensen (Cardiff University), Kathryn Hourigan (The University of Adelaide), Kathryn Temple (Georgetown University), Kerry Trentleman (Defence Forces), Lauren Greenwood (Federation University), Lee Kersten (The University of Adelaide), Liz Conor (La Trobe University), Kirsty Rolfe (Queen Mary University), Marian Quartly (Monash), Rob Palmer (The University of Adelaide), Samuel Harvey (The University of Melbourne), Stefan Hadjuk (The University of Adelaide), Sven Molenaar (The University of Antwerp), Tejaswini Patil (Federation University), Tom Clark (Victoria University), Tom Sear (Australian Defence Force Academy), Tully Barnett (Flinders University), Victoria Fielding (The University of South Australia).
Cluster Panel, 20 August 2016, at Sixteenth Century Society Conference, Bruges, Belgium. ‘The Emotions of News in Early Modern Europe’. Abaigéal Warfield, Una McIlvenna, Sven Molenaar and Kirsty Rolfe.
Public Lecture, 22 September 2016, The University of Adelaide. Prof Breton J. Malin, ‘Electrifying Voices: Technology and Public Speaking in the Early Twentieth-century United States'
Symposium, 23 September 2016, University of Adelaide. ‘Emotions, Media and History: Theory and Practice’.
‘Emotions and Media’, by Amy Milka and Abaigéal Warfield. Centre for the History of Emotions blog, 4 March 2016
Work in Progress
Emotions and News Conference in early planning for September 2017 at The University of Adelaide.
Amy Milka (email@example.com)
Abaigeal Warfield (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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