Keynote speakers

Prof. Piroska Nagy

Piroska Nagy is Professor of Medieval History at the Université du Québec à Montréal. A world-leading scholar in the history of emotions, Nagy is at the forefront of research into collective emotions in medieval contexts, which she has combined in recent years with enquiries concerning the theoretical and methodological implications of a new turn to ‘experience’. Her recent book with Damien Boquet, Medieval Sensibilities: A History of Emotions in the Middle Ages (Polity, 2018), is a masterpiece of research, analysis and sustained argumentation, covering more than a thousand years of history. She is the principal investigator in a project concerning the religious enthusiasm of crowds from the 11th to the 13th century, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

See Piroska Nagy’s website here. 

Prof. Mikko Salmela

Mikko Salmela is Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Center for Subjective Research. He is an expert of empirically informed philosophy of emotions. In recent years, he has focused on collective emotions and their functions in the structure of social groups. Currently, he is conducting theoretical research on the relevance of emotions in identity formation and group identification processes, with applications in political psychology. Prior to joining the University of Copenhagen in 2020, Salmela has led projects at the University of Helsinki on the role of shared emotions and empathy in the emergence and reinforcement of communality in urban housing and the role of emotions in interdisciplinary interaction. Salmela is the co-editor of Collective Emotions: Perspectives from Psychology, Philosophy, and Sociology (Oxford University Press, 2014).

See Mikko Salmela’s website here. 

Prof. Maarten Van Ginderachter

Maarten Van Ginderachter is Professor at the Department of History at the University of Antwerp. With his several pioneering contributions to the study of everyday nationalism and national indifference, he has become one of the leading scholars of the history of nationalism in Europe. In his praised book The Everyday Nationalism of Workers: a Social History of Modern Belgium (Stanford University Press, 2019), Van Ginderachter focuses on how nationalism was experienced by ordinary people and reveals the limits of nation-building from above by using an innovative base of sources. He has been the lead investigator in the project Nations and nationalism from the margins, funded by the Research Foundation Flanders, and a core group member of NISE, the international platform for research and heritage on national movements in Europe.

See Maarten Van Ginderachter’s website here.