CFP: Emotional Objects

Emotional Objects: Touching Emotions in Europe 1600-1900

11th-12th October 2013, Institute of Historical Research, London.

Proposals are invited for 20 minute papers for Emotional Objects: Touching Emotions in Europe 1600-1900, funded by the European Research Council project Spinning in the Era of the Spinning Wheel 1400-1800.

Emotional Objects aims to stimulate interdisciplinary debate concerning what objects can tell us about emotions, and what emotions contribute to material culture. In particular, it will explore the way the materiality of objects – the very stuff of which they were made – performed emotional work. In the course of the last decade, an emotional turn and a material turn have been identified as key events in historical scholarship. Nevertheless, the emotions and material culture have rarely been considered in combination. Emotional Objects aims to bring them together.

The keynote speaker Professor John Styles (University of Hertfordshire) will reflect on working with the emotive textiles of the London Foundling Hospital. End of day discussions will be led by Dr Glenn Adamson (V&A) and Professor Susan Broomhall (University of Western Australia).

The orgainzers welcome papers from museum professionals and scholars of emotion, material culture, anthropology, archaeology, art, design, geography, gender, history, literature, textiles and other relevant disciplines that shed light on the emotional power of objects. Travel bursaries and accommodation are available for international and domestic speakers thanks to the European Research Council. Please indicate whether you would like to be considered for a bursary.

Please send a 200 word abstract and a brief biographical note to by 7th June 2013.

Further information is available on the conference blog.

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