Reading for Emotions: A reading group dedicated to scholarship on the history of emotions

Reading for Emotions is an interdisciplinary reading group dedicated to scholarship on the History of Emotions. Commencing from March 2019, the plan is to meet every 7 weeks for 2 hours to discuss and reflect on what the history of emotions is. We will discuss everything from the latest publications to podcasts, fictions, and of course our own emotional experience. We hope to pay special attention to works that have been undertaken in Ireland on emotions.   

The first meeting will be on the 8th of March from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the HI Seminar Room. We will discuss how emotions have a history and are open to change. In doing so, we will consider how studying the history of emotions can help improve our emotional intelligence. Links to the readings and podcasts can be found below.

Refreshments will be provided.

To register for the first meeting please complete this google form or email sara.ebrahimi@ucdconnect.ie or emma.penney@ucdconnect.ie

WEEK 1 - 8 MARCH 2019 3-5pm

Theme: LOVE/HATE

For the first meeting, we will discuss how emotions have a history and are open to change. In doing so, we will consider how studying the history of emotions can help improve our emotional intelligence.

Firstly, we will discuss a podcast by Dr Tiffany Watt Smith titled “Naming Emotions”. It is a 28 min podcast. Dr Watt Smith is a cultural historian at School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London. Her special interest is in emotions. Her book, The Book of Human Emotions, has been published in 9 countries so far. You can also watch her TED talk The History of Human Emotions here.

Secondly, we want participants to read two short pieces: the first is a review of Prof. William Reddy’s book The Making of Romantic Love: Longing and Sexuality in Europe, South Asia, and Japan, 900-1200 C. You can download it from here. The second piece is a newspaper article by Ella Risbridger titled: When my world fell apart my friends became my family.

For the discussion to be more involving, we encourage the participants to bring a poem about love to the meeting. A poem that you like the most or feel more associated with. If possible, please bring several copies, so that we can exchange and distribute them (if you wish, you can send it to us, and we will try to make several copies).

To register for the first meeting please go to this google form.