For about ten years now there has been talk of history having taken an “emotional turn”. If the scholars of the Annales School were aiming to write history from the bottom up, the historians of emotions aim “to write history from the inside out”. They try to recover the history of men and women’s subjectivity, focusing on diaries, private correspondence, gravestones, memorial monuments, ballads, relics, clothes, recipes, textiles, and visual sources. In Burning Emotions: Concepts, challenges, cases for the History of Emotions, a talk at the Museo Italiano in Carlton on Thursday 25 Sept at 6.30 pm, Giovanni Tarantino, from the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne, will discuss how different attempts to extinguish a fire consuming a multi-storey pagoda as represented in a late 18th century Japanese hanging silk scroll recently added to the permanent collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts reveal how cultural differences and cultural encounters deeply affected early modern emotional (and technical) responses to burning cityscapes and the enduring memories associated with them.
Dr Giovanni Tarantino is a widely published academic who graduated with an Mlitt (Laurea) in History in 1999. He received his MA (Media and Communication) in 2001 and his PhD in Early Modern History in 2004 from the University of Florence, Italy. He has written a study of the freethinker and book collector Anthony Collins (1676-1729), and numerous other works in both English and Italian. Dr Tarantino’s main research interest lies in the history of tolerance and intolerance towards religious minorities in the early modern era. In 2008-9 Dr Tarantino was chosen as the Hans Kohn Member in the School of Historical Studies at the Princeton Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2013. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800) at the University of Melbourne.
Where: Museo Italiano, Co.As.It., 199 Faraday Street, Carlton 3053
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