IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 611: Emotions in Byzantine Culture, II

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:University of Cyprus
Organisers:Stavroula Constantinou, Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus, Nicosia
Mati Meyer, Department of Literature, Language & Arts, Open University of Israel, Raanana
Moderator/Chair:Stavroula Constantinou, Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus, Nicosia
Paper 611-aThe Crying Game: Emotional Eunuchs
(Language: English)
Shaun Tougher, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Gender Studies, Social History
Paper 611-bAn Author's Lamentations and Her Audience's Pity: Necessary Emotions in the Alexiad of Anne Komnene
(Language: English)
Leonora Neville, Department of History, Catholic University of America, Washington DC
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Greek
Abstract

In the framework of these two sessions, scholars from various disciplines, such as philology, history, art history, and archeology, will examine the social and cultural dimensions of emotions in Byzantium, both from a religious and a profane perspective. In so doing, they will contribute to and enlarge the current state of research on Byzantine emotions which is mainly limited to the sad feelings that are associated with grief. On the one hand, the sessions’ speakers will offer fresh approaches to the emotion of sadness, and on the other, they will explore for the first time emotions, such as love, pity, anger, and terror.