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The history of human relationship with stone as a significant part of the history of emotions -
March 31, 2012
“There is something about stone that calls forth the desire to touch it, and to shape it with our desires and emotions,” said Professor Susan Broomhall, acting director of the Centre for the History of Emotions, based at The University of Western Australia. “Those desires can take different forms, from Aboriginal rock art, medieval cathedrals, stone memorials or diamond engagement rings. Stone is a feature of many natural landscapes, and the history of our relationship with stone is a significant part of the history of emotions.” (...) What range of emotions governs the act of engraving initials, graffiti, or supplementary artwork onto the stone monuments of pre-modern Europe or indigenous rock art? What varied emotional responses do we have to these interventions and why? (...) “We are not thinking in abstract and analytical ways about emotions, but how we actually can give voice to the way that we feel about temporality, time, memory and the past; how stone can act as a conduit of emotion.” -
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