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Entrada seta Actividades seta 2010-2007 seta International Meeting on Aesthetics of Emotion

International Meeting on Aesthetics of Emotion

Organização: Centro de Estudos Comparatistas
Data: 26-27 Outubro de 2009
Local: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
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International Meeting on Aesthetics of Emotion
Worlds of affects, books of experience

Call for Papers

     This colloquium aims at addressing the role played by emotions and affects in the history of western societies, especially after the appearance of the groundbreaking works of Descartes and Spinoza. It will take into account the evolution of emotional and affective patterns in the public and private spheres from modernity to post-modernity in sociability and its institutions; at the same time it will consider the models and protocols of scientific knowledge and the criteria for evaluation and demonstration of truth and authenticity, both in general and in particular.
     Our research will start from the study of the aesthetic manifestations of modernity, especially of the romantic era, and from the so-called ‘post-modernity’ and their affirmation as exemplar but also problematic and/or deviant representations of affective, emotional or social behaviour, which literature contributed to encode in the era of book production. It is equally directed towards all mediatic supports of the artistic codes, which provided ground for the permanent play of stabilization/destabilization of affective patterns, emotional balances and choices of taste. Between repetition and simplification of the emotional code, on the one hand, and the negotiation of new ways of representing, mediating and fixating memory, or re-inventing and re-writing the past and the future on the other hand, we aim at enquiring how far complexity, entropy, artificial intelligence and (technological) innovation have asserted themselves in contemporary culture, aesthetics and society, stimulating new challenging modes of representation (film, radio...), processing, mechanization and presentification of affectivity and emotionality, as well as new models of  cognition and interaction.

Papers are invited on the following themes:

  • Postmodernity as negotiation of the aesthetic and emotional heritage of modernity;
  • aesthetic mediation and emotional education;
  • emotional education and the negotiation of social conflicts;
  • emotions in mass culture and global society;
  • emotions and cognition;
  • memories of emotions;
  • emotions and ethics;
  • bodily emotions: modes of appropriation and writing;
  • themes and rethoric of emotions: (dis)-continuities and deflections;
  • pathos, terror and sublime in Postmodernity;
  • machines, cyborgs and emotions.

Keynote speakers:

  • Johannes Türk (Indiana University Bloomington)
  • Luisa Ribeiro Ferreira (University of Lisbon)
  • Peter Goldie (University of Manchester)
  • Ronald Sousa (University of Toronto)

Deadline for submissions: May 24 2009.
Please send a 200 word abstract and a short vita to Este endereço de email está protegido contra spam bots, pelo que o Javascript terá de estar activado para poder visualizar o endereço de email or to Este endereço de email está protegido contra spam bots, pelo que o Javascript terá de estar activado para poder visualizar o endereço de email

Organizing Committee:

  • Fernanda Alves
  • Fernanda Gil Costa
  • Luísa Soares
  • Gerd Hammer
  • Sebastião Cerqueira

Registration & fees:


Regular/Faculty (paper)                  35€
Students (paper)                            20€
Other/Audience (no paper)            10€

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