Intellectual sociability and emotional community

Member Cheng has just brought to my attention the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions! You can check it out by clicking this link.

Here is how it describes itself:

Emotions shape individual, community and national identities. The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions uses Historical Knowledge from Europe, 1100-1800, to understand the long history of emotional behaviours.

I’ve had a little poke around the site and discovered a current project being undertaken by Dr Katrina O’Loughlin, titled ‘A certain correspondence’: intellectual sociability and emotional community in the eighteenth century. She’s looking at the “affective dimensions” to the “intellectual bonds” forged as people share ideas – in salons, theatres, coffeehouses, pleasure gardens and so on. Sounds interesting eh?

Lithograph of Cremorne Gardens in 1862

Lithograph of Cremorne (Pleasure) Gardens, Melbourne in 1862 (From State Library of Victoria, via Wikipedia)

I haven’t found any material on the site relating specifically to our focus on emotions this year but I haven’t looked in every nook and cranny. And anyhow, it’s a great site for us to know about. Thanks Cheng!

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