Colloquium: Performing Jesuit Emotions: Global Knowledge, Voyages and Jesuit Ethnography in Joseph Stöcklein’s ‘Neuer Welt-Bott’ (18th Century)
- Date: Dec 3, 2019
- Time: 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
- Speaker: Ulrike Strasser and Renate Dürr
- Location: Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin
- Room: Small Conference Room
- Host: Center for the History of Emotions
- Contact: email@example.com
The Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, led by Prof. Ute Frevert, cordially invites all interested to attend its winter semester 2019/2020 colloquium:
Ulrike Strasser, University of California, San Diego
Renate Dürr, Universität Tübingen
Performing Jesuit Emotions: Global Knowledge, Voyages and Jesuit Ethnography in Joseph Stöcklein’s ‘Neuer Welt-Bott’ (18th Century)
Published between 1726 and 1761, the Jesuit journal Der Neue Welt-Bott delivered emotionally charged proto-ethnographic materials from around the globe to the European Republic of Letters. These materials offer insight into (g)local and emotional dynamics that shaped knowledge and are usually invisible in the systematic descriptions of nature, culture, and religion that Jesuits and other scholars compiled and published in Europe at the time. Strasser and Dürr posit that emotions were central to knowledge production in the Enlightenment despite – or perhaps even because of – its inherent discourse of rationality – and enable us to see more clearly the indigenous contributions to European ethnography.
Renate Dürr is professor at the University of Tübingen. Her current research focuses on the history of Jesuit missions in a global context. She is especially interested in the reciprocal flow of knowledge between Europe and Asia and Latin America and early modern theories of translation. In her publications on the flow of knowledge between the Old and New Worlds, Dürr has examined Jesuit letters and travelogues, which were often published in Der Neue Welt-Bott. Her recent publications include an article on the 18th century Exodus debate (Past and Present, 2017) and a prize-winning article on Joseph Stöcklein’s Chronology (German History, 2018).
Ulrike Strasser is a professor at the University of California San Diego. Her current research interests include early modern global history, gender history, Pacific history, and the Jesuits. In 2018, she published a co-edited volume with Frank Biess and Hartmut Berghoff entitled Explorations and Entanglements: Germans in Pacific Worlds from the Early Modern Period to World War I (Berghahn). In 2019, she completed a monograph entitled Missionary Men and Pacific Journeys: German Jesuits and Gender in the Early Modern World (currently under review). In the context of these studies, Strasser also engaged with materials that appeared in Der Neue Welt-Bott.