Affect: Memory, Aesthetics, and Ethics

Country: Canada

City: Winnipeg

Abstr. due: 15.03.2015

Dates: 18.09.15 — 20.09.15

Area Of Sciences: Philosophy;

Organizing comittee e-mail:

Organizers: University of Manitoba Winnipeg, Canada


From affect as a cognitive phenomenon, through emotion as a motive for creativity, to empathy as a spur for community action and policy development, to the feeling that we belong in a given physical, social or cultural environment, affect is a significant but complex feature of our lived experience. Research on affect has progressed rapidly in recent years, owing to an expanding appreciation of its central role in guiding
human attitudes, decision-making, and actions and owing also to developments in technology that have permitted more precise, moment-to-moment measures of affective response. This conference will accordingly provide the kind of multidisciplinary forum that promises to be particularly productive in exploring the multifaceted nature of affect and of its influences on culture and lived experience. The goal of the conference is to engage academics and students from a broad range of disciplines in discussions and explorations of the social, ethical, political and cultural impact of affect and on the expression of emotion
in individual experience and in the public realm. We invite proposals for individual papers or for panels based on the themes of the conference. There will be a limited number of travel awards available for students whose proposals have been accepted for presentation at the conference.

        Suggested topics (in addition to the conference’s overarching themes of memory, aesthetics, and ethics). These topics are suggestions only and are not intended to limit the scope of proposals for the conference:
        --affect and public life, public policy, political events or practices (current or historical)
        --affect in/ and history
        --affect and images, caricature, cultural critique
        --affect and the visual or performing arts
        --affect and memory, regret, and nostalgia
        --affect and social space; affect and the concept of privacy
        --affect and alienation; affect and suicide
        --affect and neuroscience
        --affect and race, gender, sexual orientation
        --affect, perception, and action
        --affect and decision-making
        --affect and attitude formation
        --affect in relationships and social interactions
        --affect and the practice of reading; affect and interpretation
--affect and religion

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