15 October 2016

ETT workshop 1 – Defining and Theorising Emotions

University of Edinburgh



During the first workshop we shall focus on issues of exegesis and translation. We are interested in three types of exegesis pertaining to representations of emotions or to emotive discourse, namely literary, biblical and philosophical. We are interested not only in how ancient and medieval authors speak and conceptualize emotion, but also in the intertextual dialogue on affectivity or how texts engage with other texts about emotions (e.g., Byzantine scholia elucidating instances of affectivity in ancient texts).

Focusing on biblical exegesis and translations will help us approach the change in the vocabulary of emotions and the creation of a new emotional paradigm in the eastern Roman empire following the spread of Christianity. We encourage speakers to look for continuities, discontinuities and marks of reception, so as to elucidate ancient emotions through a study of their Byzantine counterparts and vice versa. Importantly, while we are interested in emotive vocabulary and its development, emotions need not be lexically present in the text, thus participants might benefit from looking at situations, scenes, narratives and scripts portraying or enacting affectivity, even if they are not labelled as such in the narrative.

Additional questions participants might find helpful include the following: are certain emotions more likely to appear in a certain type of text? Are specific genres associated with specific emotions? What is the emotive vocabulary used? How are emotions gendered?



Prof. Douglas L. Cairns (Edinburgh), Prof. Niels Gaul (Edinburgh), Prof. Martin Hinterberger (Cypus), Dr Inna Kupreeva (Edinburgh), Dr Divna Manolova (Edinburgh), Prof. Margaret Mullett (Belfast), Dr Ioannis Papadogiannakis (KCL), Dr Aglae Pizzone (SDU), Prof. Filippomaria Pontani (Venezia), Prof. Lioba Theis (Wien), Prof. Petra von Gemünden (Augsburg), Dr Sophia Xenophontos (Glasgow), Dr Matteo Zaccarini (Edinburgh).


10.00 – 10.10: welcome by Douglas Cairns and Aglae Pizzone

10.10 – 11.00 Douglas Cairns

11.00 – 11.50: Aglae Pizzone

11.50 – 12.00: coffee break

12.00 – 12.50: Inna Kupreeva

12.50 – 13.40: Sophia Xenophontos

13.40 – 14.30: lunch break

14.30 – 15.20: Ioannis Papadogiannakis

15.20 – 16.10: Petra von Gemünden

16.10 – 16.20: coffee break

16.20 – 17.10: Filippomaria Pontani

17.10 – 18.00: concluding discussion