Dumbarton Oaks’ Holy Apostles Symposium

Advanced registration information for the Holy Apostles Symposium is being held on Friday, April 24, 2015 to Sunday, April 26. Please register online by clicking on the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/civwnyBcHO

Space for this event is limited, and registration will be handled on a first come, first served basis. For further information, including preliminary abstracts, please visit the event page or contact Seh Hee Koh, Program Coordinator in Byzantine Studies – Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, at byzantine@doaks.org.


Appel à contribution – Managing Emotion: Passion, Emotions, Affects, and Imaginings in Byzantium

Managing Emotion: Passion, Emotions, Affects, and Imaginings in Byzantium
December 12–13, 2014 | Byzantine Studies Colloquium

Byzantinists were early into the field of the study of emotion with Henry Maguire’s groundbreaking article on sorrow, published in 1977. But since then classicists and western medievalists have developed new ways of understanding how emotional communities work and where the ancients’ concepts of emotion differ from our own. It is time perhaps to celebrate Maguire’s work, but also to look at what is distinctive about Byzantine emotion. We encourage speakers to focus on a single emotion and to use it as a vantage point to investigate central aspects of the Byzantine worldview. We want to look at emotions as both cognitive and relational processes. Our focus is not only the construction of emotions with respect to perception and cognition; we are also interested in how emotions were communicated and exchanged across broad (multi)linguistic, political and social boundaries. We expect to receive comment from classics, western medieval studies, philosophy, and psychology. The comparative stance will help us disclose what is peculiar to the Byzantine “emotional constellation.” Priorities are twofold: to arrive at an understanding of what the Byzantines thought of as emotions and to comprehend how theory shaped their appraisal of reality.

Registration Form here. For the program and abstracts see http://www.doaks.org/research/byzantine/events/managing-emotion-passion-emotions-affects-and-imaginings-in-byzantium