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Emotions in Motion. Intellectual friendship between Poland and Basel in the 17th century

An online seminar hosted by The University of Western Australia. Part of the CHE Virtual Fellows Seminar Series


Image: Adriaen van Ostade, The Schoolmaster, 1610–85. The Met.

Date: Tuesday 12 July 2022. NB: This is a revised date.
Time: 2:00pm AWST / 4:00pm AEST
Venue: Online via Zoom. Please email emotions@uwa.edu.au for connection details. 
Enquiries: emotions@uwa.edu.au

Alba amicorum, as objects, but also as active participants in numerous connections, played an integral role in building interpersonal relations, becoming a kind of social media. Emotions as the diverse factor which brought people together caused many Polish students to form close friendships with other students or their professors. They thus entered their colleagues' friendship albums and began to live in a common 'emotional community'. They therefore entered a group loyal to certain values, ways of feeling and expressing emotions.

The aim of the paper is therefore to investigate the 'emotional community' of Polish students who formed intellectual and affective friendships during their studies in Basel. These were reflected in the expression of their emotions on the pages of their friendship albums. By analysing the entries of the Poles in their friendship albums from the seventeenth century, it will be possible to determine what linguistic means, affective forms of expression they used to express their feelings (or absence of those) and how they represented their inner emotional life in writing whilst living on a foreign country.


Kirk Essary (The University of Western Australia)


Dr Robert T. Tomczak (orcid.org/0000-0001-9377-8505) is a historian and researcher at the Faculty of History, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland. He holds a PhD from the Institute of History (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan) and is a former holder of Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship (post-doc at Basel University 2019/2020).

In his research, he focuses on the history of Poland, the Czech Lands and Switzerland, with particular emphasis on intellectual and cultural contacts (in the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries). He has advanced qualifications in the analysis of late medieval and early modern historical sources, especially alba amicorum. Examples of relevant publication are:

- Kontakty edukacyjne Polaków z uniwersytetami praskimi w okresie średniowiecza. Studium prozopograficzne [Educational contacts between Poles and Prague universities in the Middle

Ages. Prosopographic study], (Poznań: Adam Mickiewicz University Press, 2020).

- Kontakty edukacyjne Polaków z uniwersytetami praskimi w XVI-XVIII wieku. Studium prozopograficzne [Educational contacts between Poles and Prague Universities in the early modern times. Prospographic study], (Poznań: Adam Mickiewicz University Press, 2021).

- Polish Professors at Prague Universities (14th–18th Centuries). A Prosopographic Study, Acta Universitatis Carolinae – Historia Universitatis Carolinae Pragensis 60/2020, pp. 77-97.

- (co-edited with Marcin Danielewski) Odkrywanie Europy Środkowej – od mitologii do rzeczywistości, [Revealing Central Europe – from mythology  to reality] (Poznań: Adam Mickiewicz University Press, 2016).

For the latest publications see: https://amu.academia.edu/RobertTomczak