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Doing emotions in Medieval Arabic

When Nov 16, 2017
from 05:15 PM to 06:45 PM
Where Rooms 8 & 9
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Contact Phone 01223 765038
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Middle Eastern Studies Seminar given by Prof. Julia Bray, University of Oxford

The history of emotions is an established and growing field in European studies. Why would it be good to establish it in medieval Arabic? What problems and approaches have been identified so far?

Julia Bray did her BA and DPhil in Arabic at Oxford and went on to teach at the universities of Manchester, Edinburgh, St Andrews and Paris—8 Saint-Denis before returning to Oxford in 2012 as the first woman to hold the Laudian Chair of Arabic (established four years after the Sir Thomas Adams chair in Cambridge). Her interest in the history of emotions was triggered by a series of lectures given by Barbara Rosenwein, which gave rise to a couple of exploratory articles in IJMES (2016) and the Journal of Abbasid Studies (2017), and in summer 2017 she took part in two conference panels on the emotions in medieval Arabic, at Umea in Sweden (the International Society for Cultural History) and Ghent in Belgium (Society for the Medieval Mediterranean). With a group of panel members she plans to continue working on a broad front on developing the field within Arabic studies and making it known to outside audiences.

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