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Online Conference: Archives and Emotions

Date: Friday 7 October 2022
Time: 8:00–11:00 (New York, EST); 13:00–16:00 (London, GMT); 14:00–17:00 (Malta, CET)
Venue: Online event
This virtual conference aims to explore the interplay between emotions and archives—traditional, digital, official, and personal/unofficial—from an interdisciplinary point of view. This interplay includes but is not limited to:

  • Emotions as attachments and reactions to documents and to the people who created them
  • Emotion as the experience of the archive as a space, an environment, and a milieu (including the personal and professional relationships formed there)
  • Emotions as factors affecting which and how records are accumulated, collected, re/arranged, preserved, as well as the shape, description, communication, and the physicality of the archives, also taking into account issues of neutrality and inclusivity, or lack thereof.

With an eye on the bio-cultural aspect of emotions and archives, also:

  • The instruments and materials involved in the preservation, cataloguing, and consultation of archival materials (desks, machines such as cameras, microfilm readers, card  catalogues, computers, stands, weights etc.)
  • Sensorial experience of the archives themselves (touch, smell, sound etc.)
  • Uniform/dress of researchers and archivists—evolving trends/implications for broader socio-cultural histories and how people regard the archival experience)
  • The perception of the archivists and researchers in the society/s and the self-perception of archivists today
  • The relationship between archives, memory, identity, historians, and archivists and their overlapping concerns with records
  • Conceptualisations of archives as bodies and sentimentalised entities, organisational systems, and hierarchical levels as trees
Set of practices attached to archival experience and their related emotions:

  • From the archivist side: managing archives, welcoming and guiding researchers, concerns about security and usage;
  • From the researcher side: early contact and preliminary research, funding, travel, sign in, consultation, stolen views of the vaults, taking pictures, reading, taking notes,
    consulting at home and accessibility issues
  • Feeling attached to archival experiences: discovering, saving, accumulating, managing, etc.

Please send a 300-word abstract and a short bio to Dr Ilaria Scaglia by email and by email to Dr Valeria Vanesio by the 8 April 2022.
All submissions will be acknowledged and receive a response by the 29 April 2022.

Participants will be asked for a revised abstract to be posted on the conference website and a 10-min recording of their contribution by the 19 September 2022.
On the conference day, they will be asked to participate in a live discussion about the other contributions.

For a selection of interested participants, there will be the possibility of contributing to an edited volume to be included in the History of Emotions series (Bloomsbury).
Further details can be found here.


Call for Nominations: The Society for the History of Emotions (SHE) invites you to nominate to join our Council from the end of 2021. If more than one member nominates for the same position on the Council, an election will be held at the biennial Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) this November, with handover expected to occur at the end of the year. The positions shall normally be held for two (minimum) to four years (maximum). Nominees must be financial members of the Society in 2021, and maintain financial membership for the duration of their tenure. Join or renew your membership of the Society for 2021 here. All positions fall vacant at the OGM:

CHAIR – Currently held by Jacqueline Van Ghent (second/final term). The Chair presides at Council meetings and the biennial Ordinary General Meeting.

TREASURER – Currently vacant. The Treasurer is responsible for managing the Society’s finances, balancing its expenditure with the income generated through membership and sponsorship. (Assistance and handover is available from former Treasurer, Tanya Tuffrey).

SECRETARY – Currently held by Anne Sophie Voyer (first/final term). The Secretary convenes and prepares Agenda and Minutes for three Council meetings each year and the biennial Ordinary General Meeting.  Other duties include monitoring the Society’s email account.

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER – Currently held by Catherine-Rose Hailstone (first term). Responsible for maintaining the Society’s academic and public outreach. Duties include updating the Society’s website and social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) with news on member publications and Society events.

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER – Currently held by Katrina Tap (second/final term). The administrative officer maintains the membership database; liaises with the journal publisher Brill and the Treasurer re: membership/journal subscription updates; monitors the Society’s email account.

POSTGRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE – Currently held by Laura Collier and Hayley Ogle (first term). Postgraduate representatives ensure that postgraduate student and researcher voices are brought to the attention of the Council. Nominees must be enrolled as a postgraduate student at the commencement of their tenure to nominate for this post.

ORDINARY MEMBERS (up to 12 positions) – First term: Kirk Essary; Second/final term: Susan Matt, Piroska Nagy, Carly Osborn, Miri Rubin, Peter Stearns, Stephanie Trigg, Charles Zika.

Email your nomination by Saturday 2 October. Either click on this link or email Secretary, Anne Sophie Voyer at, c.c., using the subject header ‘SHE Nomination for Council Position [INSERT NAME OF POSITION]: Due 2 October 2021’, and include the following details in the text:

o   Full name

o   Contact email:

o   Institutional affiliation (if you have one)

o   The position on the SHE Council for which you are nominating

o   A brief bio (no more than 300 words)

o   Brief outline of your current research interests in the history of emotions (no more than 200 words)


Call for Editors: Emotions: History, Culture, Society (EHCS) is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary biannual journal published by Brill Publishing on behalf of the Society for the History of Emotions. EHCS is dedicated to understanding the emotions as culturally and temporally situated phenomena, and to exploring the role of emotion in shaping human experience and action by individuals, groups, societies and cultures.

JOURNAL EDITORS – The current editors are Katie Barclay, Andrew Lynch and Giovanni Tarantino. Due to the retirement of Andrew Lynch, we are now looking for one or more editors to join the editorial team, alongside Barclay and Tarantino. We are particularly interested in expressions of interest from emotions researchers who can expand the disciplinary, geographical and temporal breadth of the current editors (both historians of early modern Europe). This role involves full editorial responsibility for the two issues of the journal each year, including recruiting submissions, managing peer review and preparing articles for submission, proof-reading and similar activities. We are supported by our publishing team at Brill and a professional copyeditor. If you are interested, please send us a short expression of interest to detailing your research interest/expertise and any relevant experience by 30 September 2021.

BOOK REVIEWS EDITOREHCS also calls for a new book reviews editor or editors to take over this role from Giovanni Tarantino. The role involves identifying appropriate books and their reviewers, editing copy, and managing the timely submission of reviews. This role might be especially suitable for an ECR scholar who would like some experience of working as part of a journal editorial team; however we welcome expressions of interest from emotions scholars at any career stage. Please send a short expression of interest to detailing your research interests/expertise and any relevant experience by 30 September 2021.


Online Seminar:

Politics and Emotions – This online seminar, which is hosted by @ThinkEmotions , will take place on Friday 17 September 2021 (1:00pm AEST). Speakers include Dr Katie Barclay and Lise Waldek and the session will be chaired by Prof. Louise D’Arcens. For more information and details on how to sign up please visit: 


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The North American Chapter on the History of Emotion (NACHE) will be holding its next conference June 3-4, 2022, on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Interested scholars are invited to submit proposals, for single presentations or for panels. The conference is open to proposals dealing with any region or time period; interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.

The conference is co-chaired by Susan Matt and Peter Stearns. Due date for proposals is Sept. 15, 2021. Decisions will be made by Oct. 1, and a conference program will be set by Nov. 15, at which time firm commitments will be required.

Conference details will be available on the NACHE website or by request by May 31. We are aiming to keep costs low, primarily to cover meals and very modest staffing expenses; hotel rooms will be available at discounted rates.

Please address questions or proposals to


Symposium: Imperial Emotions and the De-Colonial Move, The University of Adelaide, TBC July 2021.


Conference: Fairfax 2021 North American Chapter on the History of Emotions Conference, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, postponed to 3–4  June 2022 (supported by SHE). Keep updated with the announcements page of the North American Chapter.


Conference: Third Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Emotions in 2021. Details will be posted here shortly.


Conference: ‘Reception and Emotion’, Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS), The University of Western Australia, TBC mid-2022. #anza22


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