17 March 2017
ETT workshop 2 – Inducing Emotions (Rhetoric, Politics, Narrative)
Geneva, Fondation Hardt
During the second workshop we shall focus on how emotions are stimulated and managed in an array of texts ranging from rhetorical handbooks to fictional narratives. We are interested in uncovering diachronic processes and/or synchronic continuities, as well as in exploring how narratives mobilize and exploit the audiences’ emotional reactions. A third focus is on the political dimension, i.e. on the role of the emotions in shaping (or dissolving) communities, both secular and religious.
By looking at the Hermogenian corpus and at its Byzantine reception, we shall try to understand which shifts (if any) occurred in rhetorical prescriptions concerning the manipulation of the emotions in speeches. Equally we shall investigate how emotions affected the narrative pact sustaining fictional story-telling as well as the consumption and production of poetry in different contexts (court, schools, monasteries). We shall also look at the strategies used by hagiographers and preachers to induce specific emotional reactions in their audiences. We shall compare Late antique/Early Byzantine and later Byzantine historiography, focusing on the emotions as history-shaping factors. We want to understand whether certain emotions play a more prominent role in history than others and whether they change over time in accordance with societal shifts. We shall also explore the use of classicizing terminology to express Byzantine emotions.
Prof. Floris Bernard (CEU), Prof. Anton Bierl (Basel), Prof. Douglas L. Cairns (Edinburgh), Prof. Stavroula Constantinou (Cyprus), Mr. Mircea G. Duluş (CEU), Prof. Niels Gaul (Edinburgh), Prof. Martin Hinterberger (Cypus), Dr Krassimira Magdalino, Prof. Paul Magdalino (St Andrews), Prof. Damien P. Nelis (Geneva), Dr Ioannis Papadogiannakis (KCL), Dr Aglae Pizzone (SDU), Dr Rafal M. Skiba (Geneva), Prof. Jan R. Stenger (Glasgow), Prof. Lioba Theis (Wien), Dr Matteo Zaccarini (Edinburgh).
10.00 – 10.10: welcome by Martin Hinterberger and Aglae Pizzone
10.10 – 11.00 Martin Hinterberger
11.00 – 11.10: coffee break
11.10 – 12:00: Aglae Pizzone
12.00 – 12.50: Stavroula Constantinou
12.50 – 13.40: lunch
13.40 – 14.30: Jan Stenger
14.30 – 15.20: Floris Bernard
15.20 – 15.30: coffee break
15.30 – 16.20: Mircea Duluş
16.20 – 17.10: Anton Bierl
17.10 – 18.30: concluding discussion