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Feelings and Emotions across Languages and Cultures

22 January 2021, University of Warwick, JOIN US ON TEAMS

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Dr Maria Pavlova (Italian Studies)

Dr Rich Rabone (Hispanic Studies)

The history of emotions is one of the fastest growing fields in current cultural debate. It has certainly evoked, and continues to evoke, a significant number of studies about feelings in various fields such as anthropology, philosophy, sociology, linguistics, art history, political science, life science, history, cinema and literature from ancient times to the present.

The idea of this year’s SMLC Symposium is gathering students, scholars and experienced staff to engage in a broad-cultural debate on the ways in which the theme of feelings and emotions pervades academic researches, particularly, but not only, within the frame of modern languages and cultures.

Given that feelings and emotions affect our everyday life and shape our identities, both individual ones and as a larger community, investigations on the ways they enter the academic debate are broad and all very welcomed to be analysed.

In which way, for instance, do feelings and emotions foster national identity and which role do they play in ‘the making of the nation’ process? Which kind of feelings and emotions could we perceive from the voices of minorities? What is the relevance of feelings and emotions in tales of terror? Do they raise disgust, anxiety, marvel? In which way does literature introduce them into stories of revenge, hate or love? What has been their contribution to the romantic conception of the sublime? How are feelings and emotions also highly relevant nowadays? Do they play an important role in both psychological discoveries of the self and mass manifestations? Do they foster reflections on the urgent worries for climate changes?

The ‘Feelings and Emotions Symposium’ welcomes abstracts for papers, project presentations and exchanges of ideas from all the Warwick schools. It aims at bringing together Master’s and doctoral students, early career fellows and more experienced professors. Undergraduate students are also very much encouraged to attend the event so that they could be introduced to current trends in research, providing them a first-hand experience of the research environment and possible future pathways.


Everyone interested in presenting a paper should send a short abstract (max. 250 words) to the organisers of the ‘Feelings and Emotions Symposium’: and

Everyone presenting and/or attending the event is invited to join us on Teams!

We are both looking forward to seeing you all there!