Tears and Smiles: Medieval to Early Modern, One-Day Conference

Tears and Smiles: Medieval to Early Modern, One-Day Conference


7 October    
9:30 am - 6:00 pm


The Court Room, Senate House
Malet Street, London, WC1E

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We are delighted to invite you all to the one-day conference, ‘Tears and Smiles: Medieval to Early Modern.’ There are only a few places remaining, so register soon to avoid disappointment!

When: Wednesday 7th October, 9:30-6:00pm (followed by a drinks reception)
Where: The Court Room, Senate House, University of London
Fee: £15 waged, £10 unwaged (including MA and PhD students)

Website: https://emotionsblog.history.qmul.ac.uk/2015/08/tears-and-smiles/
Programme: https://emotionsblog.history.qmul.ac.uk/2015/09/tears-and-smiles-programme/

Celebrating two recent Queen Mary publications: The Smile Revolution in 18th Century Paris, by Prof. Colin Jones; and Weeping Britannia: Portrait of a Nation in Tears, by Dr Thomas Dixon, this conference invites expert speakers to consider the significance, representation and somatic expression of tears and smiles, laughter and weeping from 1100-1800. A collaborative event hosted by the School of English and Drama, the School of History, and the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary University of London, the conference will draw on a number of different fields, including emotions history, physiognomy, art history, and theatre.

Refreshments will be provided throughout the day, including lunch, and we are also pleased to be launching Dr Thomas Dixon’s new book, Weeping Britannia: Portrait of a Nation in Tears, at a wine reception after the conference (included in the registration cost). This will take place 6-7:30pm in the Jessel Room, Senate House, University of London.


Dr Thomas Dixon
“William Hogarth’s Sigismunda: A Tragicomic Tale”
Professor Colin Jones
“The Smile and the Selfie: Some Pre-modern Perspectives”

We hope many of you will join us to reflect on the role of tears and smiles in medieval and early modern cultures. For updates in the meantime you can follow us on Twitter: @tears_smiles2015