Workshop MEDEM (Mediated Emotions)

Novem­ber 2013, Wednes­day 20th & Thurs­day 21st
Ecole Nor­male Supérieure, Départe­ment de Physique, 24, rue Lhomond 75005, Paris. Salle Conf IV, 2ème étage

Orga­niz­ers: Margheri­ta Arcan­geli (IJN), Jérôme Dokic (EHESS, IJN) & Stéphane Lemaire (Uni­ver­si­ty of Rennes 1, IJN)


Con­fer­ence Theme :

Present­ly there is no con­sen­sus on the inten­tion­al con­tent of emo­tions. Some authors claim that emo­tions are first and fore­most about the body, where­as oth­ers argue that they are pri­mar­i­ly about exter­nal world­ly enti­ties, or about rela­tion­ships between the body and the world.

The aim of the work­shop is to address and revis­it these issues about emo­tion­al con­tent with respect to medi­at­ed emo­tions, that is, emo­tions which are expe­ri­enced with the help of rep­re­sen­ta­tion­al media or prox­ies. In such con­texts, which involve imag­i­na­tion, mem­o­ry, phys­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tions (films, pic­tures, record­ings, doc­u­ments, etc.) and nar­ra­tives of var­i­ous sorts, intu­itive­ly the exter­nal tar­get of the emo­tion is not direct­ly giv­en and may not even exist (for instance in the case of fic­tion).

What rela­tion­ship is there between feel­ing an emo­tion toward a present, say scary, object and imag­in­ing (or remem­ber­ing) an object as scary? What is the nature of emo­tions felt towards real objects but only medi­at­ed via a rep­re­sen­ta­tion? What effect does the spa­tio-tem­po­ral/­modal dis­tance of the object pro­duce on our emo­tions? For exam­ple, are we dif­fer­ent­ly moved by a scene believed to be recent, in con­trast to a scene in which the pro­tag­o­nists have long since dis­ap­peared or do not even exist? The lat­ter ques­tion is con­nect­ed with the well-known “para­dox of fic­tion”, which con­cerns the nature of emo­tions with respect to fic­tion­al enti­ties, but our aim in this work­shop is to broad­en the scope of enquiry and under­stand the nature of emo­tions in var­i­ous rep­re­sen­ta­tion­al con­texts, includ­ing but not lim­it­ed to fic­tion.


Wednes­day 20 Novem­ber

14h30-15h00 Intro­duc­tion by Margheri­ta Arcan­geli (IJN), Jérôme Dokic (EHESS, IJN) & Stéphane Lemaire (Uni­ver­si­ty of Rennes 1, IJN)

15h00-16h00 Sabine Döring (Uni­ver­si­ty of Tübin­gen),
“From expres­sive action to expres­sion of emo­tion in art”

16h00-16h30 Cof­fee

16h30-17h30 George Wil­son (Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia), “Imag­ined See­ing and The Rhetoric of Nar­ra­tive Film”

17h30-18h30 Sta­cie Friend (Heythrop Col­lege), “Recon­struct­ing Rad­ford”
Thurs­day 21 Novem­ber

10h00-11h00 Jérôme Pel­leti­er (Uni­ver­si­ty of Brest, IJN)
“Dis­tal vs Fic­tion­al Emo­tions”

11h00-11h30 Cof­fee

11h30-12h30 Dorothea Debus (Uni­ver­si­ty of York), “Being Emo­tion­al­ly Involved”

14h30-15h30 Jean-Marie Scha­ef­fer (CNRS, EHESS, CRAL) “Pro­jec­tive imag­in­ings and emo­tions”

15h30-16h00 Cof­fee

16h00-17h00 Fab­rice Teroni (Uni­ver­si­ty of Gene­va), “Emo­tions at anchor”

17h00-18h00 Robert Hop­kins (Uni­ver­si­ty of Sheffield, New York Uni­ver­si­ty), “Pic­tures and Non-Con­for­mi­ty”