One of the joys of being a full time researcher is the space it frees up for reading… And yet still I find that it is necessary to make that space, to insist on it, as there’s never really as much time to read, or to read as much, as I want to. I’m about to head to the US for the 2013 Kalamazoo Congress on Medieval Studies (speaking of reading, you can find the doorstopper of a programme here) and I’m painfully aware that I haven’t read nearly as much as I’d have liked to since last year’s meeting. Especially that I’m still grappling with recent work in the history of emotions in general, let alone all the work being done in the interim by those in the field of medieval studies. Daily I find things I haven’t read and need to… and sometimes they come to me! My inbox is not infrequently filled with suggestions of things I might be interested in reading from thoughtful colleagues.
With the aim of reading more productively, at Melbourne we’ve put together an informal reading group of researchers, associates, postgraduates and investigators associated with CHE. We met for the second time in 2013 yesterday, on a brisk Autumn afternoon, in the Old Arts building to talk about two recent published pieces: a ‘conversation’ article published in the December 2012 issue of the American Historical Review, and an excellent article by Thomas Dixon in Emotion Review, “‘Emotion’: The History of a Keyword in Crisis”, which Sarah and I will be putting on the reading list for our postgraduate students later this year.
Another firm favourite proved to be Scheer’s piece, which I urge you to take a look at if you haven’t seen it already!
So, just to add to your lists-of-things-to-read, here’s the full program for 2013:
ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
University of Melbourne Reading Group
March 26th, 3.30-5.30pm
Old Arts, Seminar Room 1 (210)
What is the History of Emotions?
Matt, Susan. ‘Current Emotion Research in History: Or, Doing History from the Inside Out,’ Emotion Review 3 (2011): 117-124.
Plamper, Jan. ‘The History of Emotions: An Interview with William Reddy, Barbara Rosenwein, and Peter Stearns,’ History and Theory 49 (May 2010): 237-65.
Scheer, Monique. ‘Are Emotions a Kind of Practice (and is that what makes them have a history)?’ History and Theory 51 (2012): 193-220.
April 30th, 3.30-5.30pm
Old Arts, Seminar Room 1 (210)
Dixon, Thomas. ‘“Emotion”: The History of a Key Word in Crisis,’ Emotion Review 4.4 (2012): 338-344.
‘AHR Conversation: The Historical Study of Emotions,’ American Historical Review (December 2012): 1486-1531.
September 3rd, 3.30-5.30pm
Bourke, Joanna. ‘Fear and Anxiety: Writing about Emotion in Modern History,’ History Workshop Journal 55 (2003): 111-133.
—. ‘The Emotions in War: Fear and the British and American Military, 1914-1945,’ Historical Research 74.182 (2001): 314-330.
October 1st, 3.30-5.30pm
‘Forum: History of Emotions,’ German History 28.1 (2010): 67-80.
Frevert, Ute. Emotions in History: Lost and Found, The Natalie Zemon Davis Annual Lectures (Budapest: Central European Press, 2011). Extracts.
What is every one else reading in the History of Emotions?
Posted by Stephanie Downes