Senses, Society, and Struggles for a Better World

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Seminar 33 (Juridicum)
TG07 Senses and Society (host committee)

Language: English

This session studies the roles that senses play in social protests and movements for a better world. Sensory perceptions are indisputably fundamental for the coordination of social life, for when humans interact, use artifacts, and encounter animals, sensory experiences widely steer their actions. Since such experiences are to a large extent culturally and socially prefigured, any understanding of them also reflects power relations in society.
Against this background, this session focuses on how social groups and protest movements negotiate specific sensory experiences. In what ways do protestors try to change – in the truest sense of the word – established ways of seeing, listening, and feeling? What sensorial strategies are used to disturb routines on the one hand and, on the other, make groups’ and movements’ claims heard? How are the senses used to strengthen the impact of certain interventions and campaigns? 
The aim of this session is to gain a better understanding of the diverse ways in which the senses are involved in social struggles. It welcomes papers that examine the sensorial dimensions of specific protests and/or discuss the complex relationships among senses, society, and social struggles from theoretical perspectives.
Session Organizers:
Andrea GLAUSER, Universität Luzern, Switzerland and Michael JONAS, Institute for Advanced Studies, Austria
Sharyn DAVIES, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Sonic Ecologies of Political Protests
Srdan ATANASOVSKI, Institute of Musicology SASA, Serbia
L'essence Des Douleurs Des Femmes Lors De L'accouchement En Quête De Sens
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