Emotions and Religious Sentiments across Central and Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean - Budapest - 18 June 2018

The sixth seminar in the 'Entangled Histories of Emotions in the Mediterranean World' series, 'Emotions and Religious Sentiments across Central and Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean' is taking place in Budapest on Monday (18 June 2018).

This workshop, the last in the 2017-18 series, will look at the relations between religion, religious sentiments and emotions across Central and Eastern Europe, Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Arab Mediterranean. The workshop will integrate two perspectives in terms of contact zones, by relating cross-imperial boundaries, contacts and transfers as well as religious boundaries within given multiconfessional societies. The central question will be what role religion played in shaping emotions and repertoires of emotion and perceptions thereof, including how to make sense of irrational emotions. How are similarities and differences of regimes of body language and emotional registers and economy explained in religious terms? How are religious traditions and formations in multi-confessional contexts inscribed in non-religious practices? When do such perceptions change and how do we as historians measure such change? To this end, the workshop will address issues of methodology and historical case studies, in which Islam will play a special, though not exclusive role. Methodologically, the focus will be on the tangibility of religious sentiments in given materials and practices (Muslim, Jewish, Orthodox, Catholic, and rejections thereof).

Program can be downloaded here.