From Melancholy to Euphoria: The materialisation of emotion in Middle Eastern Manuscripts

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June 27, 2018 to June 28, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Australian and New Zealand History / Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Historic Preservation, Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Presenters: Professor Robyn Sloggett AO (Director of the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Material Conservation, University of Melbourne) & Dr Stefano Carboni (Director of Art Gallery of Western Australia).

The programme includes a Persian musical performance with Timothy Johannessen and poetry recital with Professor Amir Zekrgoo - Wednesday 27th June 6pm.

This symposium will examine the relationship between materiality, the textual content, and the emotional resonance that is elicited by those engaging with the texts. Taking the various manifestations of love, both religious and secular, depicted within these texts, and linking these to the great Persian stories told in text and music, this seminar will explore how a deep understanding of the text and the depiction of the stories within traverses an emotional continuum from melancholy to euphoria.

The symposium program includes four high profile keynote speakers including national and international academics and artists. The two-day symposium includes a public lecture, manuscript exhibition and cultural events (Persian traditional music and Poetry) with a professionally led ink making and paper marbling workshop held on day 2.


 Tickets: $120 for both days. https:// engagement/melancholy-to-euphoria-conference


Wednesday 27 - Thursday 28 June 2018


8.30am - 5.00pm


 Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room 106 Sydney Myer Asia Centre University of Melbourne



The symposium is made possible by support from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

Contact Info: 

The Grimwade Centre for Cultural Material Conservation, University of Melbourne