The Global Sentimentality Project is conducted by a network of scholars interested in the sentimental. The aesthetics and politics of the sentimental are examined in four research fields that identify different areas of concentration. The Project facilitates exchange and collaboration across disciplines in workshops, lecture series, and public talks as well as in joint publications, among other formats. Our current program includes a lecture series in the fall semester 2020/21, various book projects by network members, and a publication on Global Melodrama (read the call here). Based at the FAU in Erlangen, the GSP furthermore offers short-term fellowships for junior and senior scholars worldwide. To contact us and to learn more, please write to

What makes us cry? Where do we allow ourselves to cry? And when do we enjoy being moved to tears? In other words, what are the forms and functions of the sentimental? The Global Sentimentality Project examines how the sentimental unfolds its power as an aesthetic narrative strategy, as a practice of crisis management, and as a technology of political mobilization. Our understanding of the sentimental revises the stigmatization of the term in popular parlance and extends its meaning beyond a set of literary texts. The sentimental shapes aesthetic experiences of all kinds. It operates in different cultural settings and in various political contexts where it has been analyzed as either facilitating or obstructing change. The Global Sentimentality Project brings together scholars from around the world and from different disciplines in order to compare the workings of the sentimental across cultures, social formations, and historical periods.


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This virtual lecture series brings together scholars from around the globe in a series of talks accessible via Zoom. Project fellow Mark Kelley (Florida International University) will kick off the series on November 12th, 2020 with a talk titled "Alone, Together: Feeling Through 19th-Century Sailors...

Apply now! The Global Sentimentality Fellowship brings promising young scholars as well as renowned experts in the field of sentimentality studies to Erlangen. It is open to applicants from around the world and from all disciplines in the humanities. Fellows are expected to be in residence at Erl...