Conferences 2013 - 2017


Failing at Feelings. Historical Perspectives (1800-2000)
December 15-16, 2016

Organisers: Pascal Eitler, Uffa Jensen

The conference dealt with four distinct fields where this failing at feelings can be observed, and focussed on European and North American history during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: Family and Gender, Sexuality and Seduction, Politics and Protest as well as Animal and Things.

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Witchcraft and Emotions: Social Conflict and the Judical Process
June 23-24, 2016

Organisers: Laura Kounine (MPIB Berlin, Center for the History of Emotions), Charles Zika (CHE, The University of Melbourne), Jacqueline van Gent (CHE, The University of Western Australia), Michael Ostling (Barrett, the Honors College, Arizona State University)

This conference was part of our collaboration with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne and the second of two conferences which focus on 'Witchcraft and Emotions'. The conference encompassed the emotions that occur within the dynamics of witchcraft accusations and witch-trials, through the social network of neighbours, friends and kin, or the spatial network of the torture chamber or courtroom.

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Common Room -
Architecture, Democracy and Emotions since 1945
May 25-27, 2016

Organisers: Till Großmann, Philipp Nielsen

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Monsoon Feelings
June 25-27, 2015

Organisers: Margrit Pernau (MPIB), Imke Rajamani, Katherine Butler Schofield (King's College London)

The aim of this conference was to bring different media into a dialogue around the empirical investigation of feelings associated with a particularly rich phenomenon in South Asia – the monsoon – a dialogue which will be as intermedial as it is interdisciplinary, and which will move beyond the written and spoken word not only in its objects of analysis, but also in its presentations.
The result of this conference was the volume "Monsoon-Feelings" (2018)

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Criminal Law and Emotions in European Legal Cultures: From the 16th Century to the Present
May 21-22, 2015

Organisers: Laura Kounine and Gian Marco Vidor

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Sexotic. Workshop on Moral Economies, Body Techniques, Media and the Interplay Between Sexuality and Exotication
February 19-20, 2015

Organised by Magdalena Beljan, Pascal Eitler, Benno Gammerl and Ulrike Schaper (FU)

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Comparing Civil Gun Cultures: Do Emotions Make the Difference?
August 26-28, 2014

Organiser: Dagmar Ellerbrock

The conference aimed to initiate an international dialogue which would identify the emotional roots of distinct gun cultures and the historical and cultural preconditions which determine them, in order to deploy this knowledge in violence prevention.

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Feeling for the Community
June 27-28, 2014

Workshop organised by Margrit Pernau (MPIB) and Amélie Blom (CEIAS, Paris).

The workshop was a joint venture between the MPIB and the program EMOPOLIS (Emotions and Political Mobilization in South Asia) at the EHESS in Paris.


Memory and Temporalities
June 18, 2014

Workshop organised by Margrit Pernau (MPIB).


Feeling Differently: Emotional Non-Conformism in the 20th Century
December 13-14, 2013

Funded by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) Convenors: Beate Binder (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), Benno Gammerl (MPI, Berlin), Joachim Häberlen (Warwick University), Jan Hutta (University of Bayreuth) and Monique Scheer (Eberhard Karls University Tübingen)

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Concepts of Emotions in South Asia from 19th to 21st Century
December 6-7, 2013

The workshop took place within the framework of the project Emopolis (Emotions and Political Mobilizations in the Indian Subcontinent).
It was organized by the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Center for the History of Emotions (Berlin) with the Centre d’Etudes de L’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud (Paris) and the International Max Planck Research School for Moral Economies of Modern Societies (Berlin).

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I, the People. Negotiating Individual and Collective Emotions in Democratic Societies
November 14-15, 2013

Interdisciplinary Conference organized by Philipp Nielsen.

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Emotions and Violence in 20th Century Europe
June 26-28, 2013

Interdisciplinary Conference at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Minerva Research Focus: Emotions and Violence, in collaboration with the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, the University of Bielefeld, and supported by the German Foundation for Peace Research.

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Dagmar Ellerbrock (Minerva Research Focus: Emotions & Violence, Center of the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development), Silke Fehlemann (Department of History, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main), Klaus Weinhauer (Department of History, Bielefeld University)

Workshop "Reworking Affect"
June 27, 2013

Workshop at the ICI organized by: Brigitte Bargetz (Humboldt University Berlin), Magdalena Freudenschuss (Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University Lüneburg), Benno Gammerl (Max Planck Institute for Human Development Berlin), Jochen Kleres (Humboldt University Berlin), Volker Woltersdorff (ICI Berlin) With: Marie-Luise Angerer (Academy of Media Arts, Cologne), Deborah Gould (University of California, Santa Cruz), Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodriguez (University Gießen)

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Conference Report Bulletin-Info, 24 (2013)

Workshop "Gefühlsräume – Raumgefühle. Zur Verschränkung von emotionalen Praktiken und Topografien der Moderne“
January 10-11, 2013

Organised by Benno Gammerl in cooperation with the DFG Research Group "Kulturen des Wahnsinns" (Cultures of Madness)

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