The Australian Research Council has set up a number of Centres of Excellence by providing money for research. Some of these are researching topics like:All-sky astrophysicsClimate change sciencePopulation ageingThe one that I am talking about briefly today is the Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.
This program involves researchers from 9 universities (Australian and overseas)working with each other and with other organisations like Art Galleries up to 2017.The topics they will research are emotions – how these were thought to be, and how they were understood, expressed, and enacted in Europe 1100 – 1800.The Centre aims to know more about the emotions of the past, so that the emotions of the present can be better understood.What emotions can you see in the class room?
On the challenge sheet you will find an example of 15 year olds from three different countries collaborating to build a website about emotions. The website is still operational 14 years later.
Do you think ‘love’ should be added to this list? Is it easy to recognise?You can find out more about other emotions on this Wikipedia page:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotion Some basic emotions can be modified to form complex emotions. In a similar way that primary colors combine, primary emotions could blend to form the full spectrum of human emotional experience. For example, interpersonal anger and disgust could blend to form contempt.
This time line shows how one piece of writing from over 400 years ago has been used over and over again, just in the last 60 years. Is it because the emotions and experience are still valid. On a You Tube clip of the black metal group, one fan said “This is moody emotive music and I love it.”Do you think Shakespeare’s sonnet has survived because it is ‘moody’ and ‘emotive’?
In this film adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice, Rufus Wainwright sings Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29, as part of the soundtrack. It is interesting to see how the song shows the different emotions and how the film also does this.
This is Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29.It is one of 154.In the sonnet, the speaker bemoans his status as an outcast and failure but feels better upon thinking of the one he loves.He wrote most of his work between 1589 and 1613There are 154 sonnets which reveal his ideas and emotions from when he was young and as he grew older. They cover relationships with different people, women, men, friends, rivals and sweethearts. Each is complete and all tell a story.
Emotions are a pretty big part of our lives and influence what we do as individuals and as groups. They can be motivating, creating energy and positive outcomes or they can be demotivating, paralysing and have negative outcomes for us and for society. Over the last 20 years, all sorts of researchers, not just historians have become really interested in emotions and what part they play in human behaviour. When you leave school and some of you go on to uni this may be what you study whether you end up doing science, psychology, history or sport. The results of studies happening now and then may help you in future work or life issues or with your own children. Hate campaigns started with the first printing press when ordinary people not just scholars had access to other people’s writing. Studying that kind of emotion could help us deal with things like flame wars on social media and cyber bullying. Looking at ‘outgroups’ and religious persecution in the Middle Ages could help us deal better with more recent public displays of hate or violence.Emotions and forming relationships will become really important to you over the next few years. Finding out more about emotions could be an interesting and motivating and very useful way to study History or English or Art or Music.
History of emotions
COLLABORATING AND PARTNER ORGANISATIONSThe University of Umeå Universitet Adelaide Freie UniversitätThe University of Berlin Melbourne University of Newcastle, UKThe University of Queensland University of FribourgThe University of National Gallery of Sydney Victoria Queen Mary, University of London
• 1950 in film In a Lonely Place recited to Humphrey Bogart• 1967 title of John Herberts play Fortune and Mens Eyes.• 1971 the play was adapted into a film of the same name• 1987 in episode 3 ("Siege") Beauty and the Beast• 1989 in season 2 of Star Trek• 1990 Richard Gere, reads this in Pretty Woman• 2002 film Conviction read aloud to prisoners• 2010 the black metal group Deafheaven formed
When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyesI all alone beweep my outcast state,And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,And look upon myself, and curse my fate, 29Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,Desiring this man’s art and that man’s scope, 154With what I most enjoy contented least;Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,Haply I think on thee – and then my state,Like to the lark at break of day arisingFrom sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven’s gate; For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings That then I scorn to change my state with kings.
Check out the Challenge Sheet forgreat ways to:• Start your own research• Share ideas• Stay motivated• Be part of the Centre for Excellence History of the Emotions community