Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern History

The Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library is offering a 10-week graduate seminar:

The History of Emotions, Medieval and Early Modern
Directed by Barbara Rosenwein, Loyola University Chicago
Early application deadline: Monday, June 10
2:00 – 5:00 pm Thursdays, September 26 – December 5

Like all things human, emotions have a history, but it has not often been traced. Since we all have our own notions of “emotion,” early on in this seminar students will be introduced to current psychological theories and definitions. The group will then explore old and new narratives of emotions’ history. At the same time, participants will perform independent research in various areas of the history of emotions.

Students and the professor will explore in seminar discussions the ways emotions have been studied by historians in the past and learn new methods and approaches, including modern theories of the emotions. Emphasis will be on the emotional life of the medieval and early modern periods. Participants will also draw up a dossier of materials that work together to illuminate some aspect of emotions in history, present their findings to the seminar, and write a research paper.

Eligibility: Enrollment is limited to 12, with priority to students from Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions, in accordance with the consortium agreement. The course fee is waived for consortium students.

We will notify applicants whether they have been accepted by Monday, June 17. We will take later applications if space permits.


Center for Renaissance Studies
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610-7324
phone: 312-255-3514

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