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Researching Emotions: Past, Present and Future

A symposium at the University of New England.


Date: Wednesday 26 September 2018
Time: 1–5.15pm
Venue: Oorala Lecture Theatre, Building E22, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, 2531, Australia
Convenor: Jason Stoessel
RSVP/Enquiries: This event is free, but RSVP is requested by 24 September 2018 to Kristal Spreadborough, email kspread2@une.edu.au

This symposium will showcase the diversity and breadth of emotions research at the University of New England. Since the 'emotional turn' in the early 2000s, research into the nature and role of emotions in human culture and society has emerged as a powerful approach for transforming scholarship and for fostering transdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration. At the same time, traditional disciplines themselves have been reinvigorated by new theoretical frameworks and transdisciplinary thought. Under the common umbrella of emotions research, this symposium brings together UNE researchers across the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences to demonstrate how emotions research has shaped their enquiries into human arts, society and culture, and to discuss new avenues for emotions research. The chronological scope of topics will extend from the fifteenth century to the present day, from premodern Europe to present-day Australia.

The symposium is supported by the University of New England (UNE), the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE) and the Australian Music & Psychology Society (AMPS).

Session 1

Chair: Dr Jason Stoessel
Dr Cate Dowd, 'Emotion-Based Intelligence: Robo-Journo'
Dr Diana Barnes, 'Gender, Stoicism and the Early Modern Archive'
Dr Jennifer Hamilton, 'Slowly Being Prey: Fear, Death and Embodied Environmentalism following Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick'

Watch Session One here


Session 2

Chair: Dr Francois Soyer
Dr Fincina Hopgood, 'Empathy, Screen Media and Social Change'
Kristal Spreadborough, 'A New Approach to Examining Vocal Timbre in Modern and Historical Contexts'
Dr Jason Stoessel, 'Zabarella’s Hope, Ciconia’s Joy: Peter of Candia’s Visit to Padua in 1406'

Watch Session Two here


Associated public lecture

The symposium will be followed from 6–7pm in the same venue by the University of New England's 2018 Gordon Athol Anderson Memorial Lecture '"Moving the Passions" Through Performance', presented by Professor Jane W. Davidson (ARC Centre for the History of Emotions, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne). RSVP to Kristal Spreadborough, kspread2@une.edu.au by 24 September 2018.

Image: Magdalen Weeping. National Gallery, London, inv. NG3116. Public Domain. Source: Wikimedia.