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Book launch at British Academy Rising Stars event

Lecturer in Early Modern History, Dr Laura Kounine launched her new book  Imagining the Witch: Emotions, Gender, and Selfhood in Early Modern Germany at a recent British Academy Rising Stars engagement event.

The book is the first to examine the gendering of witchcraft through an exploration of female and male witchcraft trials. It provides a comprehensive overview of the current state of the field of the history of emotions.

Joint Head of the Department of History, Professor Lucy Robinson, said: "Laura joined us in 2016 and her work has plugged into our established work on history and emotions, and given us time depth, collaborations and connections. 

"The History of Emotions is an important area, with a committed investment in taking subjectivity seriously, and in doing so uncovering new voices and nuances, and showing how people made sense of their lives, and the emotions of others.

"Crucially, historians also make sense of the world in which we live and work today. As many at the symposium pointed out, emotions, the self and subjectivity, have an important role to play if we are to make sense of the current moment. After all this is a time when politics and experience is being understood more and more through the lens of emotion, whether accounting for the support of Trump, or Brexit or the marketing of Blue Monday."

The two day event brought together over one hundred delegates from across the UK, Europe and the US - linking up Early Career Researchers with leaders in the field.

The event took place on 16-18 January in Bramber House and concluded with an international symposium which included keynotes by Thomas DixonUte FrevertTim HitchcockClaire LanghamerWilliam ReddyLyndal Roper, Rhodri Hayward and Penny Summerfield.

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By: Koyes Ahmed
Last updated: Wednesday, 23 January 2019


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