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Religious Sentiments Across Central and Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean

An international seminar at Central European University, Institute for Advanced Study, Budapest, part of the SHE Seminar Series: ‘Entangled Histories of Emotions in the Mediterranean World’.

Date: Monday 18 June 2018
Institute for Advanced Study, Central European University (CEU), Nador 15, Room 101 (Quantum), Budapest, Hungary
Convenors: Nadia Al-Bagdadi and Giovanni Tarantino in cooperation with the Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies – CEU.
FREE EVENT, but RSVP requested by Monday 11 June for catering purposes.
Contact: Dr Andrey Demidov (DemidovA@ceu.edu)

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This workshop will look specifically at the relations between religion, religious sentiments and emotions across Central and Eastern Europe, Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Arab Mediterranean. The workshop will integrate two perspectives in terms of contact zones, by relating cross-imperial boundaries, contacts and transfers as well as religious boundaries within given multi-confessional societies. The central question will be what role religion played in shaping emotions and repertoires of emotion and perceptions thereof, including how to make sense of irrational emotions. How are similarities and differences of regimes of body language and emotional registers and economy explained in religious terms? How are religious traditions and formation in multi-confessional contexts inscribed in non-religious practices? When do such perceptions change and how do we as historians measure such change? To this end, the workshop will address issues of methodology and historical case studies, in which Islam will play a special, though not exclusive role. Methodologically, the focus will be on the tangibility or otherwise of religious sentiments in given materials and practices (Muslim, Jewish, Orthodox, Catholic, and rejections thereof). As for empirical studies, the workshop will focus on case studies involving the complex relationship of body, religious practice and emotion, including sentiments disavowing the impact of religion on the economy of emotion and religious sentiments.

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The series is a joint initiative by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE), the Society for the History of Emotions (SHE), the Italian National Research Council (CNR/ISPF), the Chair of Intellectual History at the European University Institute (EUI), the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University (IAS-CEU), the Italian National Institute for Higher Mathematics (INdAM), and the Centre for the Study of Emotions in Cross-Cultural Exchange (ECCE, Zagreb).