Paul White: "The emotional specimen"

  • Date: –15:00
  • Location: Engelska parken - The Rausing Room
  • Organiser: Department of History of Science and Ideas
  • Contact person: Sven Widmalm
  • Seminarium

The Higher Seminar

Paul White, University of Cambridge: "The emotional specimen: Darwin, Duchenne, and the science of expression"

How were feeling subjects converted into emotional objects? What models of emotion underlay this conversion? And what are the implications of the science of expression for emotional experience? I will address these questions through the methods and tools used to study emotional states by Darwin and his contemporary, the French physician Guillaume-Benjamin Duchenne, especially the use of electro-physiology, natural historical observation, and photography. I will use the concept of the specimen, as it was applied in medicine and natural history, to focus these questions.