Workshop of Memory and Emotions

Cambridge History of Memory and Emotions Workshop (MEW)

The Cambridge History of Memory and Emotions Workshop (MEW) provides a friendly and open environment for postgraduates to present on any aspect of the history of memory and the history of emotions. We are open to work from any time period and place. People are welcome to present finished pieces or work in progress, to develop their ideas and discuss their work with their peers. 

Easter Termcard

3 May

Clara Dijkstra (University of Cambridge), ‘Letters from Drancy: Jewish motherhood in a French internment camp, 1942-1944’

Zac Fleishman (University of Cambridge), ‘“Strange things happen when the lights are low”: Drum, the Night and Spaces of Emotion in 1950s South Africa’

17 May

doris duhennois (University of Winchester), ‘Towards a subversion of the boundaries of French and British colonial memorialisation’

Lily Tekseng (University of Cambridge), ‘Silence and Absences in the Borderland Indian NorthEast’

31 May

Anjeli Chapman (University of Cambridge), ‘Imposed Forgetfulness: False Memories of the Indian ‘Mutiny’ in Punch, 1857’

Amelia Gardner-Thorpe (University of Cambridge), ‘Affective Language and Relationships in Rusian Birchbark Letter Networks (1100-1300)’

8 June – cohosted with the Cultural History Workshop and the Gender and Sexuality Workshop Room: Long Room, Gonville & Caius College

Alice McKimm (University of Cambridge), ‘Memories and Experiences of the Women’s Refuge Movements in England and Scotland, 1971-1985’

Other papers TBA 1

4 June

Michaela Kalcher (University of Oxford), ‘Remembering extraordinary times – French revolutionary diaries and the problem of memoirs’

Kathrin Bachleitner (University of Oxford), ‘The Political Use of Memories in International Interventions’

Daniele Palmer (University of Cambridge), ‘Thinking About Sublimity and Sociability in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Europe: A Study in Theology, Aesthetics and Political Thought’


The format for this workshop is two twenty minute papers followed by refreshments and discussion. We will meet at a central Cambridge college location (tba) every other Tuesday, from 5-7pm. 

We intend these sessions to be in person in Cambridge, but this is subject to COVID restrictions. There is also the possibility for online or hybrid sessions for those who are unable to join us in person (feel free to indicate if that would be preferable). 

Would you like to present?

In the future, we will be looking for submissions to present.

We welcome submissions on any time period or place, from historians or those in related disciplines. Scholars might choose to present on the relationship between emotion and memory, but we welcome papers that focus solely on memory or emotions. Submissions might include but are not limited to:

  • Understandings of emotions in past societies
  • Emotional experiences and the embodiment of emotion
  • Emotional dimensions of memory
  • Spaces of emotion
  • Museums, memorials, commemoration
  • Nostalgia
  • Collective and social memory
  • Material culture, objecthood, and memory


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Rebecca Turkington
Rob O’Sullivan
Zoe Jackson
Grace Whorrall-Campbell
Ella Sbaraini
Kate Falardeau