Save the Date: History of Emotions Symposium, Helsinki, 7-8 November 2018

The History of Emotions Symposium will be organised by the Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires (University of Helsinki) and the Brain and Mind Laboratory at the Aalto University in Helsinki in November 2018. Please mark this event to your calendars.

How can we study the emotions of people who lived centuries or millennia ago? The History of Emotions Symposium addresses this question from an interdisciplinary perspective, bringing together scholars from neuroscience, history, literature, and language technology. The Symposium aims to dig deeper into the history of emotions, reaching back to ancient Mediterranean and Mesopotamian civilizations.

Venue: University of Helsinki, the faculty hall of the Faculty of Theology, Fabianinkatu 24, room 524 (access via Vuorikatu 3).


Wednesday 7 November (chair Mikko Sams)

13:00 Welcome & introduction (Krister Lindén and Mikko Sams)

13:15 William M. Reddy (Duke University): title tbc

14:15 Heini Saarimäki (Aalto University): title tbc

15:15 Coffee

15:45 Jussi Pakkasvirta (University of Helsinki): title tbc

16:45 Krista Lagus (University of Helsinki): title tbc


Thursday 8 November (chair Krister Lindén)

10:00 Coffee

10:15 Ville Vuolanto (University of Tampere): title tbc

11:15 Ulrike Steinert (Freie Universität Berlin), “Perceptions of Selfhood in Ancient Mesopotamia: The Body, Emotions and Identity”

12:15 Lunch (on your own)

13:30 Tero Alstola et al. “Language Technological Analysis of Emotion Words in Akkadian”

14:30 Concluding discussion


For more information, please see the symposium's page