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Science and the Emotions:

Transnational Emotional Cultures in the

United States and Western Europe

After 1945

February 24-26, 2011

This conference has already been completed.

The Village at Torrey Pines, 15th Floor, Meeting Room A

University of Califonia, San Diego

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This international and interdisciplinary conference brings together leading experts of the burgeoning field of emotions research. It investigates the changing status of emotions within a variety of scientific disciplines in the United States and Western Europe after 1945. How did the legacies of the Second World War and the emerging Cold War influence scientific understandings of emotion? To what extent did these understandings result from transatlantic exchanges and interrelationships? And how did evolving scientific understandings of emotions both reflect and influence broader cultural norms regarding the experience and the expression of emotions? The conference will also explore the potential for interdisciplinary cooperation in studying emotion. Speakers will explore whether there are any common conceptual ground between “constructivist” approaches to emotion emanating from the humanities/social sciences and recent research on emotion in the neurosciences.

Directions to the Village at Torrey Pines.

Sponsored by:

Division of Arts & Humanities, UC San Diego

Fritz Thyssen Foundation

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Department of History, UC San Diego

Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS)

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