Artifacts and Emotions

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
TG08 Society and Emotions (host committee)

Language: English

How can we investigate the relationship between artifacts and emotions?  Which artifacts express, even celebrate, and which hide love, shame, pride, loyalty? Taboo emotions - envy and hatred - beg the question of which artifacts are allowed to express them at all. Research addresses artifacts meant to protect against the evil eye. However, cheap versions of luxury commodities express and constrain envy in a routine manner. Art, historical exhibits, documentaries, in-group celebrations, carnivalesque occasions embrace artifacts expressing envy and hatred of enemies, competitors, social superiors and outcasts. Could terrorist destruction of restaurants, discos, airports and world heritage art, spectacular destruction of property in Hollywood films, populist/Neo-Nazi artifact burning and tattoos be so approached?  In what sense are hate speech/Trumpism as types of speech acts  hate-artifacts? In the “Western" culture specific body states, shapes and qualities (good bite, step, sight, hearing) are promoted by an entire spectrum of “body” experts, attending to its interior and exterior: doctors, nutritionists, sports trainers, body builders, Weight Watchers as well as producers of housing, furniture, interior decoration, mass clothing, haute couture, accessories. . . They develop norms, measuring instruments and correctives.  Which emotions do they wish to and which they in fact generate? How do “Western” "doctored", "cultivated", "disciplined" bodies adorned or corrected by artifacsts appear to others? Artifacts have their own careers. Once experienced as a source of pain, inferiority and shame, some turn into objects of status and pride (eye-glasses, teeth braces, hi-tech prostheses).  Presentations on any of these topics are welcome.
Session Organizer:
Helena FLAM, University of Leipzig, Germany
Helena FLAM, University of Leipzig, Germany
Oral Presentations
Memorial Objects and the Cultural Repertoires of Loss
Catherine TUEY, Trent University, Canada
Organ Donor Cards As Effectual Artifacts
Annerose BÖHRER, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Showing Sonograms Around. Visuality, Affect and Prenatal Sociality
Eva SÄNGER, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
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