Criminal Law and Emotions in European Legal Cultures: From 16th Century to the Present



Event Date: 

05/21/15 to 05/22/15

Location name: 

Berlin, Germany


Max Planck Institute for Human Development

This conference will explore how legal professionals, as judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys
and other legal officials, handled different forms of knowledge about emotions in the practice of law, in accordance with, or in opposition to, general social and cultural attitudes and public
opinion. It will further investigate the presence and absence—and their meanings—of emotions
in the courtroom, as a fundamental aspect of criminal law practices. It will take into
consideration not only the emotions which were shown, expected and provoked but also the
ones which were repressed, controlled or proscribed by different legal actors and the public.
Finally it will also include analysis of how legal understandings of emotions were portrayed in
the media and in the wider society.

We invite submissions from scholars of different historical disciplines, working on early modern
and modern periods and particularly encourage proposals from scholars working on Northern,
Central and Eastern European countries, and the non-Western world. The conference will be held in English.

Accommodation and travel expenses for those presenting will be covered by the Max Planck
Institute for Human Development. If you are interested in participating in this conference,
please send us a proposal of no more than 300 words and a short CV by 1 October 2014 to Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes, in order to allow time for questions and discussion.