Early Modern Workshop 2016: Graduate Student Fellowships

Magda Teter's picture
May 15, 2016
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Early Modern History and Period Studies, European History / Studies, Jewish History / Studies

The 2016 Early Modern Workshop on “History of Emotions/Emotions in History” will take place on August 23-24, 2016 at Fordham University in New York.

Thanks to the generous support of the American Academy for Jewish Research, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at University of North Carolina, the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University, and Fordham University, we are able to invite qualified graduate students of the early modern period to apply to attend this year's Early Modern Workshop on “History of Emotions/Emotions in History.”

Candidates should send an abstract (not longer than 2 pages) of the dissertation project, a short statement explaining how their work bears on issues relevant to the workshop, and a C.V. Magda Teter (mteter@fordham.edu) by May 15, 2016. The decision will be made by June 1st. Admitted students will receive a fellowship covering travel, accommodation, and (kosher) meals.

EMW 2016: “History of Emotions/Emotions in History”

Alongside earlier “turns” such as the linguistic and the cultural, an “emotional turn” has provided historians with a fresh perspective to consider the past.  Emotion structures human experience. But emotions are shaped by languages of expression that can have ramifications for human thought and behavior.  Historians pursuing research about emotions tend to follow one of two tacks: either to explore emotions as an object of inquiry in its own right (did people in the past “feel” differently than we do today?) or to use emotions as a category of analysis, examining the ways in which a vocabulary of emotions was used to establish political communities and hierarchies, social order, and legal regimes.  This summer’s early modern workshop aims to extend that line of inquiry into early modern Jewish history.  We invite scholars to consider the impact of “thinking with emotions” on the study of texts and practices relating to Jewish life in the early modern period in Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas.  How useful are emotions as a way of considering Jewish cultural and social life as it is shared with neighbors?  How can emotions offer a consideration of Jewish “difference?”  In what way do emotions infiltrate intellectual life and cultural creativity?  How does emotional language subtly but significantly shape legal and political regimes?  

Professor Barbara Rosenwein will deliver the keynote address on

“Must We Divide History into Periods, will offer the keynote address?  An Answer from the History of Emotions."

Presenters will include:

Francesca Bregoli "Emotions and Business in a Trans-Mediterranean Jewish Household."

Elisheva Carlebach "For we Jews are merciful": Emotions and Communal Identity

Sarit Kattan Gribetz “Emotions in Toledot Yeshu”

Larry Fine "Rebbe Nachman of Bratslav's Teachings on Melancholy and Joy."  

Jeff Freedman “Fear in the Archive: Police Dossiers as Sources for the History of Emotions in Enlightenment France” 

Iris Idelson-Shein “A Short History of Horror: Early Modern Jews and their Monsters”

Sara Lipton "Emotions and Preaching"

David Myers "The Quality of Mercy Strained--regret and repentance in early modern law"

David Sklar "For the Love of God: Spiritual Purpose and Mastering Emotions in the Pietistic Writings of Moses Hayim Luzzatto"

Ruth von Bernuth,  “Half-Friends and Whole Friends: Telling Emotional Stories in Yiddish.” 


Contact Info: 

Magda Teter, Professor of History and the Shvidler Chair of Judaic Studies, Fordham University, mteter@fordham.edu

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