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History of Emotions Symposium - 07-08/11/2018, Helsinki (Finland)

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.

FECHA/ DATE/DATA: 07-08/11/2018

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Helsinki, the faculty hall of the Faculty ofTheology, Fabianinkatu 24, room 524 (Helsinki, Finland)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: The Centre of Excellence in Ancient NearEastern Empires (University of Helsinki) ; the Brain and MindLaboratory at the Aalto University

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Wednesday 7 November (chair Mikko Sams) 13:00 Saana Svärd (University of Helsinki) & Mikko Sams (Aalto University): Welcome on behalf of the organizers and introductory remarks 13:20 William M. Reddy (Duke University): “Problems of Change and Periodization in the History of Emotions” 14:20 Heini Saarimäki (Aalto University): “Neural Basis of Emotions: Experimental Methods in Affective Neuroscience” 15:20 Coffee 15:50 Jussi Pakkasvirta (University of Helsinki): Latin American stereotypes in Finnish social media (title tbc) 16:50 Krista Lagus (University of Helsinki): Emotions in Suomi24 (title tbc) Thursday 8 November (chair Krister Lindén) 10:00 Coffee 10:30 Ville Vuolanto (University of Tampere): Emotions in the Roman world (title tbc) 11:30 Andrew Crislip (Virginia Commonwealth University / University of Helsinki): History of emotions in early Christianity (title tbc) 12:30 Lunch (on your own) 14:00 Ulrike Steinert (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz): “Perceptions of Selfhood in Ancient Mesopotamia: The Body, Emotions and Identity” 15:00 Tero Alstola et al. (University of Helsinki): “Language Technological Analysis of Emotion Words in Akkadian” 16:00 Concluding discussion

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