Workshop of Memory and Emotions

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. 


The format for this workshop is two twenty minute papers followed by refreshments and discussion. We will meet at a central Cambridge location every other week. For Lent Term, this will be mostly on Thursdays (with the exception of Wednesday 13th March).

We intend for these sessions to be both in person in Cambridge and hybrid, with a preference for in person attendance for those based in Cambridge. If you are interested in attending the sessions online, do join our mailing list by sending us an email at We will send out a link to each session on the day.

Would you like to present?

This workshop is a forum for postgraduates working on any aspect of the history of memory or the history of emotions. 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, though we welcome papers that focus solely on memory or emotions. In anticipation of a planned collaboration, we would also particularly welcome submissions concerning memory and emotions in legal and social history.

This workshop is an encouraging and friendly space for scholars to present both finished pieces, and work in progress. We welcome submissions from Master’s and PhD students. The workshop meets on alternate weeks, unless otherwise noted. In each session we will have two to three 20-minute papers. We look forward to convening afterwards for socialising, and refreshments will be provided.

Those interested in presenting should send a 250-word abstract and a short bio (no more than 100 words) to

Events for Michaelmas 2023

Memories and Emotions of War, 5 pm - 7 pm, Thursday, 1 February 2024, Library Seminar Room at St John’s College

Izabela Paszko, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, ‘A good neighbour better than a family? Neighbourly relations in Upper Silesia during WWII'

Sehr Jalil, Goldsmiths, University of London, 'Intergenerational Archival Encounters: The challenge of the banal, leisurely, and every day, South Asia WW2 to now'

Jocelyn Xu, University of York, ‘Heroines and Victims: How was the category of “comfort women” created in East Asia?'

People and Physical Space, 5 pm - 7 pm, Thursday, 15 February 2024, Exclusively Online - Zoom link distributed via the mailing list

Hoipan Karma Kong, Australian National University, ‘The Emergence of Nostalgia for Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong'

Latika Thakur, Ambedkar University Delhi, 'Patriarchal Associations and Suffering: Mirabai and Piro Preman's Contemporary Collective Memory’

Marie Beatriz del Rosario Gulinao, University of the Philippines, ‘The Hiroshima Peace Memorial as a Contested Site of Remembering and Forgetting'

Reagan Orloff, Universidad Iberoamericana, '“Boat Loads Salted with Criminals” : How Cuban arrivals to the U.S. during the Mariel Boatlift remember their resettlement experience amid negative public reception'

Memory and Emotions of the Early Modern Period, 5 pm - 7 pm, Thursday, 29 February 2024, Library Seminar Room at St John’s College

Yiyang Gao, University of Oxford, 'Lamenting the Virtue of the Deceased: Emotional Politics and the Depiction of Sericulture Ritual at the Qing Court'

Mariana Ladrón de Guevara Zuzunaga, Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, 'The Andean encomienda as a space of emotions: the town of Aullagas and the expression of colonial violence (1548-1551)'

Elizabeth Wilkinson, University of Liverpool, 'The Dichotomy of Fear in the Protestant ars moriendi'

Politics, Memory and Emotions, 5 pm - 7 pm, Wednesday, 13 March 2024, Arthur Quiller Couch Room at St John’s College

Micah Oosterhoff, Yale University, 'Partial Recall: How Christian Nationalism’s Selective Memory Fuelled its Growth’

Eva Gómez Fernández, University of Cantabria, 'A Monument ‘for God, Spain, and Romania’: Transnational Ties of the Extreme-Right'

Briseyda Barrientos Ariza, University of Cambridge, '(Re)Turning to Memory: Transnational-cultural Memory as Revolutionary Space’


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Convenors for 2023 - 2024

Daniel Gilman

Tiéphaine Thomason