[H-verkko] CFP: CFP: Emotions and the Cultural History of the World Wars

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CFP: Emotions and the Cultural History of the World Wars
Call for Papers

Emotions and the Cultural History of the World Wars

24–25 September 2014

University of Helsinki

The history of emotions and the cultural history of war are disciplines that
have recently attracted expanding scholarship. During the last two decades the
history of emotions has deepened our understanding on changing emotional norms,
concepts and experiences and it has contributed to the debunking of the
mind–body dualism and invested the emotions with historical agency. The roots
of the cultural history of war can be traced a little bit further down in
historiography. Since the 1960s and 1970s it has added to our understanding of
the interplay between crises and cultural and social change. The topics have
included the literatures of war, the remembrance of war, myths and symbols and
the traumas of war. Recently also the cultural representations of emotions and
the histories of emotional experiences in war have received increasing
scholarship, which has led us to rethink the significance of wartime to
ever-evolving emotional styles and norms.

This two-day conference is dedicated to the exploration of emotions in
twentieth-century world wars. The conference is premised on the hypothesis that
the wartime emotions are not to be studied only as reactions to exceptional
events but rather as actions causing these exceptional events. The conference
seeks to address the following questions: what are the roles of emotional norms
and emotional concepts at the front and in wartime society? How does the war
affect the emotional cultures and how is this reflected both in wartime
experiences and in the aftermath?  Are the emotional experiences inherently
embedded in culture or are there grounds for claiming certain emotional
universalism in human wartime experience?

The scope of the conference covers histories of individual and group emotions
from numb and unconnected trauma to collective displays of wartime elevation. We
welcome especially proposals that address the wartime histories of:

love and attachment
hatred, aggression and fear
honor, shame and mourning
war enthusiasm and disillusionment

However, other emotional concepts and experiences are given consideration as

Confirmed  keynote speakers are:

Prof. emeritus Jay Winter (Yale University)
Prof. Jan Plamper (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Prof. Juha Siltala (University of Helsinki)

Application: Please submit a proposal of a maximum of 500 words to
emotionsandwar(at)gmail.com by 15 April 2014. Please attach a short bio to the
proposal. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 May 2014. The
presentation of accepted papers should not exceed 20 minutes. The program of the
small-scale event is scheduled without parallel sessions allowing everyone to
participate in all the sessions.

Participation fee: 150 euros for full-waged/100 euros for graduate students.
Registered participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation
costs. Further details are provided upon acceptance of the proposals. For any
further questions, please contact us on:


The conference is organized by the research project "Emotions and the Cultural
History of War in Finland, 1939–1951" funded by the Academy of Finland in
collaboration with the University of Helsinki.


See the conference webpage on http://blogs.helsinki.fi/emotions-and-wars/ for

Ilmoituksen lähetti: Tuomas Tepora <tuomas.tepora at helsinki.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 16.4.2014
Lisätietoja WWW-osoitteesta: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/emotions-and-wars/