Events

Past Events

Tuesday 11th December, 2018

18:00, Arts One Lecture Theatre

The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib. The Evil of Banality and the History of Emotions

Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, Jean-Jacques Courtine, will give the third in a series of lectures entitled, ‘The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib. The Evil of Banality and the History of Emotions’.

The pictures of the tortures inflicted by American soldiers on Iraki prisoners in Abu Ghraib jail in 2003 have become global icons that cannot be easily erased from our collective memory. But once you get past the visual shock and disgust they inevitably provoke, you discover the complexity, as well as the many paradoxes, of their construction and of the range of emotions they involve. Among them lies the disturbing fact that this unprecedented series of pictures gives a strange impression of déjà vu. This lecture discusses authors such as Hannah Arendt, Norbert Elias, Susan Sontag or Giorgio Agamben and shows that there are other, older pictures lurking below the Abu Ghraib snapshots, ghost images from ordinary American mass culture, “regarding, as Sontag would say, the pain of others.” And the most disturbing aspects of the Abu Ghraib photographs may well be that these distant images from a foreign war suddenly seem so close to home and that their strangeness feels so familiar.

Jointly organised by the School of History and the Centre for the History of Emotions.
All welcome but booking is essential.

Monday 3rd December, 2018

18:00, Arts One Lecture Theatre

Madness in Paris, Paris in Madness, Professor Jean-Jacques Courtine

Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, Jean-Jacques Courtine, will give the second in a series of lectures entitled, ‘Madness in Paris, Paris in Madness’.

Jointly organised by the School of History and the Centre for the History of Emotions.
All welcome but booking is essential.

Tuesday 27th November, 2018

18:00, Arts One Lecture Theatre

Fear in an Age of Anxiety, Professor Jean-Jacques Courtine

Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, Jean-Jacques Courtine, will give the first in a series of lectures entitled ‘Fear in an Age of Anxiety’.

Jointly organised by the School of History and the Centre for the History of Emotions.
All welcome but booking is essential.

Thursday 22nd November, 2018

18:30, Arts Two Lecture Theatre, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London

Annual Lecture: Anger, Fast and Slow

We are delighted that Dr Will Davies (Goldsmiths) will give the Centre for the History of Emotions Annual Lecture for 2018 on Thursday 22nd November at 6.30pm in the Arts Two Lecture Theatre, QMUL, Mile End Campus. Dr Davies’ lecture is titled ‘Anger, Fast and Slow’. Tickets are free but booking is essential.

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Friday 16th November, 2018

18:00, Royal College of Nursing

My First Death

How do healthcare professionals cope with death? In what ways do our deaths affect them? Come along to this event at the Royal College of Nursing for a frank, candid, and informal conversation about death, dying, and mourning. Doctors, nurses, and other practitioners will each take the mic for five minutes to share their first experiences of patient death and reflect on the emotional costs of care. You will also have the opportunity to think about and discuss the issues raised in a range of interactive activities.

Doors open at 5.30 and the event will start promptly at 6pm.

Event is free to attend but booking is essential. 

This event is part of the Being Human Festival of the Humanities

Wednesday 25th April, 2018

13:00-14:00, 2.17, Arts Two, Mile End Campus

Lunchtime Seminar: Michael Pettit, ‘Hot Cognition and the Ends of Cold War Psychology’

Michael Pettit (York University, CA) will give a paper titled 'Hot Cognition and the Ends of Cold War Psychology’. Lunch will be provided and all are welcome.

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Wednesday 28th March, 2018

1pm, 3.16, Arts Two

Brown-bag seminar: Alex Esche ‘Protesting “in a Proper Spirit”: The Moralities and Subjectivities of Late Victorian Anti-Alien Agitation’,

Alex Esche (Max Planck, Berlin), will give a paper titled: ‘Protesting “in a Proper Spirit”: The Moralities and Subjectivities of Late Victorian Anti-Alien Agitation’. Please bring your own lunch.

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Wednesday 14th March, 2018

1pm, 2.17, Arts Two

Lunchtime seminar: Merridee Bailey ‘Formulaic Emotions: Searching Language for Meaning’

Merridee Bailey will give a paper titled ‘Formulaic Emotions: Searching Language for Meaning’.

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Wednesday 28th February, 2018

1pm, 3.16, Arts Two

Lunchtime seminar: Will McMorran

Will McMorran (QMUL) will give a paper. Title and abstract to follow.

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Wednesday 7th February, 2018

1pm, 2.17, Arts Two

Brown-bag lunchtime seminar: Linnea Tillema ‘“An exercise in freedom”: Emotional work and norms of self-improvement in Sweden, 1960-1980s.’

Linnea Tillema, will give a paper titled ‘“An exercise in freedom”: Emotional work and norms of self-improvement in Sweden, 1960-1980s.’

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