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22 maart 2012: Lezing Ute Frevert over emoties

Plaats: Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Tijd:15.30 – 18.00 uur

Emotions in History: Lost and Found

A lecture by Prof. dr. Ute Frevert, Director of the Center for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institut, Berlin

22 March 2012, ACCESS, VU University Amsterdam, room 12A-00.

15.30 – 16.00 Welcome / coffee & tea
16.00 – 17.15 Lecture & discussion
17.15-18.00 Reception/ drinks

Emotions are historically informed. Even though men and women may have always felt and shown emotions, those have differed in style, object, intensity, and valence. While certain emotions got lost in history, other ones rose to prominence, depending on political incentives, social challenges, and cultural choices. In European societies, honour and shame practices have fundamentally changed over the course of modernity, gradually losing their grip on people’s self-perceptions and attitudes. At the same time, compassion and empathy have become crucial components of the modern ‘emotional self’. Although they have motivated a plethora of humanitarian activities and institutions, they have also been hampered by severe obstacles and seen periods of dramatic decline. In this lecture, Ute Frevert will show how emotions get ‘lost and found’.

Ute Frevert is one of the most outstanding European historians of our time. Famous for her research on gender and on honour and shame, winner in 1998 of the prestigious Leibniz Prize, and having taught at the universities of Berlin, Konstanz, Bielefeld and Yale, she is now Director of the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

If you wish to attend this lecture, please register through our website before 15 March 2012.