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Masterclass and lecture Rob Boddice: The History of Experience – 12 April 2024

The History of Experience  – A masterclass with Prof. Rob Boddice

Organised by Anneleen Arnout and Jenna The on behalf of the History of Emotions Research Network (Huizinga Institute)

Friday 12 April, 2024 (Radboud University, Nijmegen)

The Huizinga History of Emotions Research Network is organizing a masterclass on the History of Experience with Professor Rob Boddice (University of Tampere). The masterclass is intended to bring together researchers whose work builds on theories and methods from the history of experience as it emerged from the history of emotions and the history of the senses and who wish to discuss (part of) their research with the leading expert in the field. The one-day masterclass will open with a lecture by Prof. Boddice followed by a Q&A in the morning and a discussion of participants’ research projects in the afternoon.


10.30-12.00       Opening lecture by Professor Rob Boddice

History, Bioculture and the Future of Emotion Research

12.00-13.00       Lunch

13.00-13.40       Sanne Hermans (Universiteit Antwerpen)

Time Will Turn the Tide: Facing the Future During War, Migration, and Epidemics 1584–1614

13.40-14.20       Diedelot Denessen (University of Groningen)

                        “Caught in the Toils of Love”: Gaub’s Perception of Lovesickness

14.20-15.00       Puck de Boer (University of Groningen)

                        Trials of Honour. Violence, Masculinity and Emotions in the Modern Italian Military (1861-1919)

15.00-15.30       Break

15.30-16.10       Jenna The (Radboud University)

Faithful Friends and Filthy Foes. A Sensory and Emotional History of Human-Animal Interactions in Amsterdam (1840-1910)

16.10-16.50       Anna Geurts (Radboud University)

                        In Between Homes: the Time Between Suriname and the Netherlands, 1826-1939

17.00                Drinks – courtesy of RICH – Radboud Institute for Culture and History

Practical Information

The masterclass will take place at Radboud University (Erasmus Building, room E9.14). Address: Erasmusplein 1, 6525 HT Nijmegen. Please find directions here.

Attendance is free, but registration is required. Please contact before 5 April 2024.

About Rob Boddice

Rob Boddice (PhD, FRHistS) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Research Council of Finland Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences (HEX), Tampere University. He has previously held positions at Harvard University, McGill University, the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, and the Freie Universität Berlin. Prof. Boddice has published extensively in the history of medicine, the history of science and the history of emotions. His recent books include Emotion, Sense, Experience, with Mark Smith (Cambridge University Press, 2020), Humane Professions: The Defence of Experimental Medicine, 1876-1914 (Cambridge University Press, 2021), Feeling Dis-Ease in Modern History: Experiencing Medicine and Illness (Bloomsbury, 2022), edited with Bettina Hitzer, and Knowing Pain: A History of Sensation, Emotion and Experience (Polity, 2023). He is currently writing The Power of Belief: a book about the history of the placebo effect (Reaktion, 2026).