Please join the Affect and the Emotions Workshop, remotely, on
Monday, February 21
Social Sciences Teaching Fellow
presents his paper:
“Fear and Loathing in Late Medieval Iberia”
Discussant: Sarah McDaniel, PhD Candidate in the Department of English
the event will take place on Zoom at
This paper examines the function of emotions (namely fear) in the royal-aristocratic bond so foundational to medieval European politics. In an effort to understand why different actors within a elite, homosocial political environment theorized and articulated fear in the ways they did, the paper asks whether the emotion’s expression should be understood as a strategic utterance intended to defuse temporary crises, or whether it was a constitutive feature of its political and institutional context.
Note: The image depicts the assassination of Pedro I of Castile by his half-brother and successor Enrique, both sons of Alfonso XI. The image comes from a late 14th c. edition of the Grandes Chroniques de France (Ms. BnF Français 2813).