History of Emotions lecture series / Historia de las Emociones serie de conferencias

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About the History of Emotions lecture series

The purpose of this series is to introduce a wider audience to findings in the growing field of the history of emotions, with parallel presentations in Spanish and in English. The lectures, each focused on a specific emotion, are intended for use by a wide, non-specialist audience – students, retirement learning groups, other interested study groups – and will be widely available free of charge.

The lectures, and the history of emotions field more generally, are based on the understanding that key features of any emotion change over time, and that current emotional norms can be best evaluated as products of historical change (as well as more persistent psychological components). Change can result from new ideas, shifts in family structure, new technologies – the potential factors are varied. Dealing with emotions as historical products improves our grasp of the past – understanding that emotions and emotional vocabularies of earlier periods are not exactly the same as our own – and of the process of change, ultimately leading to the present. This lecture series applies this general formula to six of the most familiar emotions. The lectures focus on various historical periods and areas, and offer various connections to relevant emotional issues today.

The series also facilitates discussion of the various approaches and types of data available in this growing historical subfield.

The series has been organized by two groups that combine scholars in the field in two major regions, the North American Chapter for Historians of Emotion (NACHE) and the Sociedad ibero-americana de la historia de las emociones y las experiences (SINEX).

Our thanks to Israel Hernandez Campos, a graduate student at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, for his production assistance. Thanks also to the George Mason University Press and Ms. Joanna Lee for arranging the site for the lectures.

La historia de las emociones- una serie de sesiones abiertas al público Descripción básica y objetivo. Contenido de la serie

El objetivo de esta serie es brindar a una audiencia amplia de estudiantes, grupos de estudiosos no especializados, profesores de bachillerato y licenciatura y personas interesadas en el tema, una introducción a ciertos hallazgos de la historia de las emociones, campo del conocimiento en expansión y que cada día adquiere mayor interés internacional. Esto, a partir de la presentación de doce sesiones que se concentran en seis emociones muy populares, expuestas de manera paralela en inglés y en español y que estarán disponibles gratuitamente a todo el público en general. Cada sesión toca períodos y áreas geográficas distintas y busca establecer algún vínculo con temas relevantes para comprender nuestras realidades emocionales en el presente. Además, cada especialista ofrece una aproximación e interpretación propia de los problemas históricos a los que ha dedicado parte de su trayectoria académica.

Las sesiones, y la historia de las emociones en general, plantean que la comprensión de cualquier emoción debe basarse en rastrear los cambios históricos que sufren los componentes básicos que la constituyen, lo mismo en entender que las normas emocionales que dan significado al universo sensible de cada época también se transforman a lo largo del tiempo. Estos cambios pueden venir del surgimiento de nuevas ideas, valores o creencias, de nuevas formas de articular relaciones sociales o de la aparición de nuevas tecnologías, entre muchos otros factores. Abordar el estudio de las emociones como producciones históricas nos permite una mucho mejor comprensión del pasado, al hacernos concientes, entre otras cosas, de que los vocabularios emocionales de épocas pasadas no son los mismos que los nuestros. Los cambios que han sufrido las sensibilidades a lo largo del tiempo también pueden rastrearse en la transformación de experiencias corporales y sensoriales, en la transformación que ha sufrido la comunicación emocional, su representación simbólica o el significado de muchos objetos cargados de valor emocional y sentimental, que forman parte de la cultura material de una época.

La organización de la serie ha estado a cargo de doce académicos que forman parte de dos grandes regiones y grupos de investigación como son el North American Chapter for Historians of Emotions (NACHE) y la Sociedad Iberoamericana de la Historia de las Emociones y la Experienca (SIHEX). Por otro lado, la edición y producción técnica de las sesiones las realizó Israel Hernández Campos, estudiante de Historia de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, a quien extendemos un reconocimiento y agradecimiento por su esfuerzo y trabajo.


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    La Ira
    (2023-09) Moscoso, Javier
    A discussion on the medical philosophy of passions and paeticularly on rage from 1750 to the end of the 19th century
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    Sobre la vergüenza en nuestros tiempos: conciencia, interdependencia y trascendencia en la historia de la humanidad
    (2023-09) Roselló Soberón, Estela
    Esta sesión busca hablar sobre la construcción histórica y cultural del sentimiento de vergüenza, así como de los significados que ésta ha tenido en diferentes momentos y circunstancias históricas. Habla, también, de las diferencias entre la culpa y la vergüenza, así como de la relación entre emoción, cuerpo y experiencia.
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    Historia del miedo
    Historia de los miedos vinculados a la infancia: el secuestro infantil en México en el siglo XX
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    (2023-09) Garrocho Salcedo, Diego S.
    Panorámica histórica y filosófica de la experiencia nostálgica desde 1688 hasta nuestros días.
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    Amor. Pasión y sufrimiento
    (2023-09) Morant, Isabel
    El discurso sobre el amor en la literatura Ilustrada. La reivindicación de las pasiones y su relación con la felicidad., a través de la obra de Mme. du Châtelet ( 1706-1749) y de Mme. d' Èpinay ( 1726- 1783)
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    Esperanzas, tiempos y narrativas: a propósito del siglo XIX Colombia
    (2023-09) Garrido Otoya, Margarita
    Human societies have been moved by hope, as a political emotion, thereby leading social groups and communities to actively get involved in pursuing an objective or a concrete utopia. In Hispanic American Independencies, big hopes played a fundamental and decisive role in ways like those present in other revolutions and collective movements. This talk addresses the emotion of Hope for equality and liberty while building the new republics, especially in the case of New Granada (Colombia) during the XIX century. Diverse political interests, a variety of meanings of Hope, tensions between hope and hopelessness, and the disagreement when comparing rhythms as played by revolutionary and reformist movements are briefly touched. Hope and fear are elements present in governmental and other agents’ speeches as well as in the historical narratives offered as starting points for the future of the nation.
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    (2023-09) Pickering, Michael
    This lecture provides a selective overview of recent scholarship on fear as it pertains to the history of emotions, and it suggests that a particularly fruitful way of conceptualising fear is to consider it instrumentally in relation to spaces of inclusion and exclusion. At the heart of this dynamic are often geopolitical anxieties. This lecture uses several case studies from the German-speaking world to illustrate this theme, and suggests that geopolitical anxieties can manifest in a number of ways: as cultural fears; fears of magic; and as strongly-rooted fears of societal implosion.
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    (2023-09) Boddice, Rob
    This lecture upturns a well known account of anger in the past and follows the implications of emotions history as a disruptive and revisionist undertaking. It focuses on the supposed rage of Achilles in the Iliad and shows the potential of just this one example to unlock both the history of emotions in antiquity and the history of emotions in modernity.
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    (2023-09) Stearns, Peter N.
    This talk begins with the complexities of defining shame, as both an individual and social emotion that is variously contested in many contemporary societies. It discusses the extensive reliance on shame of most if not all traditional societies, and the various devices used to enforce it. It emphasizes the strong deterrent effect that resulted -- shame was more important as deterrent than punishment. The lecture then turns to the attack on shame as an affront to individual dignity and a cruel punishment, that resulted from the new values of the Enlightenment in Western societies on both sides of the Atlantic. Traditional shaming devices, like pillories, were outlawed, and efforts were made to reduce shame in childrearing and in schools. This effort has continued into recent decades, with campaigns against various forms of individual and group shaming. However, it has proved impossible fully to eliminate shaming, and new shaming impulses have arisen in various contemporary situations -- further spurred, recently, by the shaming potential of social media. The lecture closes with the resultant tensions over shaming in contemporary society and the possibility of using the historical record to take a more nuanced approach to the emotion.
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    Nostalgia and Homesickness in US History
    (2023-09) Matt, Susan
    This lecture examines how homesickness and nostalgia, once deadly emotions which were taken seriously, came in the 20th century to be seen as trivial, childish feelings that signaled immaturity and maladjustment. This transformation reveals much about the history of these feelings and also illustrates how Americans gradually learned the emotional style of individualism.
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    (2023-09) McMahon, Darrin
    Professor McMahon describes three major revolutions in the history of happiness.
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    (2023-09) Rosenwein, Barbara
    Love is not one thing today, and it was never one thing in the past. In this short course I talk about different kinds of loves, related to and yet defined against one another and therefore often in conflict. Unlike most surveys of love, my focus is not on theories but rather on the fantasies that guide us, setting up expectations for ourselves and others.