The new North American Chapter on the History of Emotion is intended to further this exciting field in a region that has not, heretofore, had any particular organizational structure – despite an impressive array of work by individual scholars. NACHEmotion will circulate information about relevant activities in the field – new publications, meetings, other news. It will welcome blogs and other materials of potentially wide interest, disseminating these through the website and directly to members. It will organize periodic conferences – on the model of the successful gathering that occurred in June, 2018: the next North American conference will occur in June, 2020. And the organization is always eager to entertain suggestions for other useful activities and connections, providing some of the same kinds of linkages that have for some time been available in other regions.
NACHEmotion does not intend to develop a particularly elaborate organizational structure – again, the goal is to facilitate contacts and promote work in the field. Initially, the group will be co-chaired by Susan Matt (Weber State) and Peter Stearns (George Mason). NACHEmotion will eagerly work with other regional organizations, disseminating news of their activities as appropriate. And from the outset NACHEmotion fits within the international structure provided by the Society for the History of Emotions; NACHEmotion members are automatically enrolled in the Society with its information network and can subscribe to the Society’s journal.