We are an international network of researchers from a variety of disciplines including literary and film studies, philosophy, anthropology, management, sociology, political science, and geography. Some of us are based in the UK, many others in other European countries, Israel and North America. In our collaborative and comparative research we look at experiences and representations of love. There is no limit to the scope of our work regarding the types of love studied such as parental love, romantic love, love-thy-neighbour, patriotism etc.
We currently focus sharply on the present. This focus does not imply that somehow at midnight of the first of January 2000 a paradigm shift had occurred. Love is durable and it is flexible. It is shaped and reshaped by physiological and psychological constants, by the extremely longue durée of evolutionary processes, by centuries of love doctrines, and by profound changes in society that have occurred in the last century and decades. While we tend to believe in eternal values of love and even eternal love, our experiences often feel new, unprecedented and challenging.
The Love Research Network is organizing a research colloquium on "Love Today: Interdisciplinary Perspectives" in collaboration with Forum for Modern Language Studies to be held on 16th December 2013 in St Andrews. The event is open to the public and free of charge. For more information please visit the Research Colloquium page.