Summer School on the History of Emotions 21-25 September 2015, St. John's College, University of Cambridge

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The summer school explored the history of emotions through a variety of approaches and analytical frameworks. Each day was curated by a different faculty member and focused on a particular theme, introducing current research in this bourgeoning field. Participants had the opportunity to present and workshop their own research related to the themes of the summer school and engaged in lively and intensive text discussions.


The summer school was organized in cooperation with St John’s College, Cambridge, and the History Faculty at the University of Cambridge. Participants were PhD students from the IMPRS Moral Economies of Modern Societies, the University of Cambridge, Freie Universität Berlin, University of Uppsala.

Core Faculty

Prof. Dr. Chris Clark – Regius Professor of History, University of Cambridge
Prof. Dr. Ute Frevert– Director, Centre for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
Dr. Laura Kounine  – Research Fellow, Centre for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
Prof. Dr. Ulinka Rublack  – Professor of Early Modern History, University Cambridge

History of Emotions

Reflecting the interests and current research of the core faculty, the summer school focused on the early modern to the modern period. It encompassed a range of disciplinary approaches, drawing on the fields of political history, intellectual thought, material culture, and cultural history. Presentations by the core faculty centered on topics such as materiality, objects and emotions; subjectivity and the self; spirituality, religion and the state; and the relationship between rationality and emotions. Throughout the week the connection between morality and emotions in the context of cultural productions and social encounters was investigated. Students and faculty explored the interplay between cultural and social norms, emotions, subjectivities and the material world.