Bodies and Emotions

This strand invites papers that historicize the body, the emotions, and sensory experience, taking a social, cultural, scientific/medical, political, or legal perspective.

We welcome submissions that explore the historically and culturally contingent ways in which people have felt, heard, seen, tasted, touched, smelt, and/or expressed their feelings and sensations in the past, and the ways in which such experiences have been interpreted, represented and/or conceptualized. We encourage submissions that explore the social histories of body and medicines and the culturally contingent ways in which knowledge about the body and medicine were constructed, modified, disseminated, and understood.

We also encourage discussion on the advantages and limitations of placing the emphasis on individual or on collective experience, and reflection on the extent to which prevailing interpretative paradigms have shaped, or been shifted by emotional, sensory, and embodied experience in diverse/marginalised societies, cultures and time periods from the distant past to the current century.

Submissions from postgraduate students are particularly welcome.

Strand Convenors