Autumn 2020

October 5 | Michal Zechariah

PhD Candidate, English
“Emotional Obduracy in The Merchant of Venice

November 9 | Russell Johnson

Divinity Teaching Fellow
“Rational Fear: Epistemology and the Fear of God”

November 30 | Sabine Frühstück

Koichi Takashima Chair in Japanese Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
“The Currency of Innocence: Children’s ‘Emotional Capital’ in the Japanese Empire”


Winter 2021

January 11 | Reading Group Session

“What are Affects?” and “Shame-Humiliation and Contempt-Disgust” from Shame and its Sisters: A Silvan Tomkins Reader (Durham: Duke University Press, 1995).

January 25 | Adam Frank and Elizabeth Wilson

Adam Frank, Professor, Department of English Language and Literatures, University of British Columbia
Elizabeth Wilson, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University
A Silvan Tomkins Handbook: Foundations for Affect Theory (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2020).

February 8 | Adam Miller

PhD Candidate, History of Religions
“To Feel Like We Feel: Reading the Precious Banner Sūtra as Affective Regime”

February 22 | Emily Austin 

Assistant Professor of Classics and the College
“Heroic Solitude in Sophocles’ Philoctetes

March 8 | Alex Jania

PhD Candidate, History
“The Fairy Godparent of this Place: Memory Work(ers), Experience, and Emotion in Post-3.11 Tōhoku”


Spring 2021

April 5 | Leif Turner

MA Student, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities
“‘Us’ in theory: Starvation, Reciprocity, and the Subjunctive in Meville’s ‘Bartelby, The Scrivener’ and Gide’s La Porte Étroite

April 12 | Sunwoo Lee

PhD Candidate, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
“Pain in Middle Egyptian Literary Narratives”

April 19 | Michelle Chow

MA Student, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities
“Asian Contagion: Labor, Illness, and Affect in Ling Ma’s Severance” 

May 3 | Maïté Marciano

PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature, Department of French and Italian, Northwestern University    
“The Politics of Disaffection in The Stranger: a Modern Flat Voice”

May 17 | Graduate Student Panel on Teaching the Emotions

Alex Jania (History), Bellamy Mitchell (English and Social Thought), Michal Zechariah (English)