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	Feeling for the Community

Feeling for the Community

Joint Workshop Emopolis/Center for the History of Emotions

27-28 June 2014

Workshop at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development - Berlin

The workshop will address the question of the relation between emotions and the creation of communities. Do existing social groups develop a common way of feeling which constitutes them as an "emotional community" (Barbara Rosenwein)? Or is a common emotional style, "the experience, fostering, and display of emotions" (Benno Gammerl) not just an indicator, but even more a factor in the creation of a community? The emotions the workshop will look at thus encompass both those which are seen as "typical" for a community, by the people within, but also outside the community (we/they are those who feel these specific emotions, for instance a sense for the miraculous); and also those which are geared at the community itself (compassion, love, devotion, the need to protect it from harm or dishonor).

With the help of our literary scholars, we will try to trace the trajectory through which the community enters into a complicated relationship with the older objects of affection and absorbs the language and tropes developed for them. While many different communities become emotionalized since the middle of the 19th century – not only the nation, but also the various religious and linguistic communities and the castes/biradaris/neighborhoods – the semantic resources drawn upon seem to differ quite vastly.

The last set of questions to be investigated relates to the practices – bodily and other – through which the emotions were learned and invoked as well as those to which they gave rise.


Preliminary Program


Friday, 27 June

14.00     Welcome and Introduction (Margrit Pernau)

First Panel: Compassion and Sacrifice (Chair: Amélie Blom)

14.15     Margrit Pernau : Hamdardi – the Emotion of 19th century Muslim Mobilization

15.00     Monika Freier: Compassion in Hindi Advice Literature

15.45-16.00 Coffee Break

16.00     Imke Rajamani : The Compassion of the Angry Young Man

16.45     Sahil Warsi : Community Feeling and its Lack among Afghan Refugees in Delhi

18.30     Dinner (Restaurant Michelangelo)


Saturday, 28 June

Second Panel: Love and Devotion (Chair: Benno Gammerl)

9.00       Sajjad Rizvi: Creation of Community among Shias in India

9.45       Monika Boehm-Tettelbach: Bhakti and Community

10.15-10.30 Coffee Break

10.30     Carla Petievitch: From the Ghazal’s Beloved to the Beloved Community

11.15     Véronique Benei: Loving the Nation

12.00     Max Stille: Preaching Community Feelings

12.45-13.30 Lunch

Third Panel: Communities of Wonder, Communities of Dread (Chair: Sonam Kachru)

13.30     Pasha Muhammad Khan: Sense of Wonder – from Audience to Community

14.15     Thibaut d’Hubert: Aesthetic Feelings and the Creation of Community

15.00-15.15 Coffee Break

15.15     Razak Khan: Pleasure, Reform and Emotional Styles among Muslims in Colonial India

16.00     Christina Oesterheld: Fighting as a Community: Literature of Heroism


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