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Senses, Emotions and the Affective Turn. Recent Perspectives and New Challenges in Cultural History


The next annual conference of the International Society for Cultural History will be held in Umeå, Sweden, 26-29 June 2017.

The general theme this year is ‘Senses, Emotions and the Affective Turn - Recent Perspectives and New Challenges in Cultural History’

The history of senses and emotions is an established and vibrant research field within cultural history which has brought new theoretical and methodological issues to the fore of historical and cultural analysis. The ISCH 2017 conference will promote a broad range of perspectives and themes in the history of senses and emotions, including both traditional analyses of representations and discourses and newer emphases on practices, materiality and historical phenomenology. We also want to discuss the even more radical return to bodies and materiality represented by the recent “affective turn”. Inspired by Gilles Deleuze and a branch of neuroscience, some scholars distinguish between affect as an initial autonomic bodily response and emotion as part of cognitive meaning-making reflection. In this approach, focus is shifted from cognition and emotional codes to affective dispositions and practices rooted in the body. Is this sharp difference between affect and emotion a false dichotomy as claimed by its critics or a pathway towards a deeper understanding of the embodied and physical nature of the agency and lived experience of senses and emotions, and therefore integral to a historical phenomenology? We take up this question and other reflections on the “affective turn” as key themes for the theoretical and methodological sessions at the ISCH 2017 conference.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 26-27-28-29/06/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Umeå University (Umeå, Sweden)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: International Society for Cultural History

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Confirmed keynote speaker: Barbara H. Rosenwein

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