CFP: WCC UK panel for CA 2020: Storying Gendered Emotions in Classical Antiquity


The Women’s Classical Committee UK invites submissions for this year’s panel proposal for the Classical Association Annual Conference 2020 (Swansea University, 17-20 April).

Storying Gendered Emotions in Classical Antiquity

Organised by Maria Gerolemou (Exeter) and Irene Salvo (Göttingen)

Although studies on emotion in ancient Greek and Roman cultures are currently thriving, gender differences in emotional experience and expression have been comparatively little investigated. This panel aspires to invite further reflections on the topic. Discussion will focus on (but it is not limited to) the following interrelated themes and aspects:

1. Gender difference
a) Gender-specific patterns of emotions: are there any stereotypical emotions that are considered socially acceptable for females and males?
b) The way women and men experience and express emotions; e.g. verbal and non-verbal expression of emotion; different frequency and intensity of emotional expression.

2. Embodied narratives
c) Storying emotion: Narratives that construct, thus shape their ‘consumer’s’ gendered emotional expression, or undo it.
d) Forms of narratives that are conveyed through images, objects, monuments, or places, and that evoke a gendered emotional and embodied experience.

3. Queer readings
e) Intersectional readings of emotional lives; emotions are considered to be agentic forces which are subject to various factors such as age, race, sexuality, and class; hence, whilst patriarchal culture can impedes agency, class as well seems to play a role in how members of the same gender tend to experience emotion (see e.g. slave women).
f) Queering historiographical narratives on gender and emotion traditionally interpreted mainly as evidence of political or military history.

We warmly encourage Classicists at any career stage and of any gender to submit abstract proposals for 20-minute papers. Please send an anonymous abstract (300 words maximum) no later than Wednesday the 14th of August 2019 to womensclassicalcommittee at gmail.com.

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