IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1513: Emotions to the Point: Ritual Encounter and the Dynamics of Interaction

Thursday 13 July 2006, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:ZEMAS: Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien, Otto-Friedrich-Universität, Bamberg
Organiser:Stefan Bießenecker, Lehrstuhl Mittelalterliche Geschichte unter Einbeziehung der Landesgeschichte, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Moderator/Chair:Klaus van Eickels, Lehrstuhl Mittelalterliche Geschichte unter Einbeziehung der Landesgeschichte, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Paper 1513-aRoyal Handshake, Embrace, and Kiss
(Language: English)
Gerald Schwedler, Historisches Seminar, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Index terms: Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1513-bGestures, Signs, and Texts: Calming Down Emotions in a Rebellious Town
(Language: English)
Michael Jucker, Sonderforschungsbereich 'Symbolische Kommunikation und gesellschaftliche Wertesysteme', Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster
Index terms: Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1513-cThe Degree of Emotion
(Language: English)
Stefan Bießenecker, Lehrstuhl Mittelalterliche Geschichte unter Einbeziehung der Landesgeschichte, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Index terms: Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

Expressions of emotion are generally seen as genuine and almost innocent utterance of an individual’s feelings and intentions. However, they were used none the less functionally effective in various medieval contexts. Emotions could be successfully used to ‘make the point’. This will be demonstrated on three levels: between nobles, among clerics, and in civic environment. On each of these levels one may find that in different cultural contexts, in front of different addressees and due to different addressers the ‘mechanics of applied emotions’ may work differently. Despite an anthropological constant ‘meaning’ of basic emotions, our interest lies in the subtleties of crying, laughter, or less extroverted: smile or grim face. Core questions: Who makes the rules? Who changes them? Who gives them the power to make things happen?