Approaching Inner Lives: Thinking, Feeling, Believing, 1300-1900

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Tuesday 28 March 2017
Room 0.05, The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia

This workshop brings together the project team with specialists in selfhood, magic, and the supernatural whose expertise spans the medieval, early modern, and modern periods, and the disciplines of archaeology, art history, geography, history, literary studies, and sociology. The focus of the day is methodological, and speakers will reflect on how their topics and sources relate to the two conceptual underpinnings of the project: the history of personal identity, subjectivity, and interiority; and the history of the emotions (figured as the subjective feelings and responses to the challenges and opportunities of being alive at particular times and places, triggered with particular clarity by interactions with the unseen world). How can the study of magic and the supernatural shed light on lived experience between 1300 and 1900? How can we ground the history of the emotions in solid historical contexts of event and action? How can we say anything meaningful about inner lives in the past, a world we have lost?


10am: Arrival and Coffee

10:50am: Welcome and Introduction
Professor Malcolm Gaskill (UEA) & Dr James Brown (UEA)

11am-12pm: Panel I: Medieval Mentalities
Chaired by Dr Sophie Page (UCL)

12-1pm: Panel II: Mental and Material Landscapes
Chaired by Professor Owen Davies (Hertfordshire)

1-2pm: Buffet Lunch

2-3pm: Panel III: Supernatural Slumber
Chaired by Dr Kathleen Walker-Meikle (UCL)

3-4pm: Panel IV: Witchcraft
Chaired by Dr Ceri Houlbrook (Hertfordshire)

4-4:30pm: Tea and Coffee

4:30-5:15pm: Roundtable Discussion
Chaired by Professor Malcolm Gaskill (UEA)

6pm: Workshop Dinner
The Iron House, Norwich

To facilitate focussed discussion this is a closed workshop involving the project team and invited speakers only, but detailed reports of the day’s proceedings will be available afterwards on the project’s blog and in the Bulletin of the Society for Renaissance Studies. To stay informed of our 2018 conference – including all CFP and registration deadlines – subscribe to our blog or Follow Us on Twitter.

Wellcome Images (CC BY 4.0).


The workshop has been made possible by the generous financial support of The Leverhulme Trust, the School of History at the University of East Anglia, the Society for Renaissance Studies, and the Royal Historical Society.

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