Call for Papers: Gloom Goes Global: Towards a Transcultural History of Melancholy Since 1850


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CFP: Gloom Goes Global – Towards a Transcultural History of Melancholy since 1850

Location: University of Heidelberg, Karl Jaspers Centre
Date: 2–4 October 2014
Organisers: Frank Grüner and Maike Rotzoll,
Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”, University of Heidelberg

This interdisciplinary conference focuses on the study of melancholy as a historical-anthropological phenomenon and scientific medical concept from a transcultural perspective. It will discuss influential narratives and perceptions of gloom as articulated in various national and cultural contexts – in Europe, Russia and Asia – since the middle of the 19th century, and will examine their mutual penetration and transformation. The central question concerns the extent to which the paradigm shift from a perception of melancholy shaped by natural philosophy, lite! rature and art to a psychopathological condition conceptualised using scientific terminology can be described as a global phenomenon.

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