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Indian and Chinese Religions Compared Unit and Religion, Affect, and Emotion Unit

Call for Proposals

  • History of Emotions in India and China 

While attention to the history of emotions has increased in Europe in recent decades, primarily focused on its history in Europe, the rich traditions of India and China on the subject have received less attention, though deserved. For instance, in India aesthetics and rasa theory in contrast to ascetic and meditative analysis of positive and negative emotions permeate cultural sensibilities. The model of “seven emotions” (or drives) in ancient China diversified over the centuries, including incorporating Buddhist models, medical theories, etc. We invite proposals on the history of emotions in India and/or China. If interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Esther-Maria Guggenmos ( 



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Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection