TIAS Seminar
8 February 2019
PUB 3, Publicum (Assistentinkatu 7)

The role of emotions has gained increasing attention in the recent years across academic disciplines. Psychologists and neuroscientists have aimed to map out the behavioural implications and physiological foundations of different emotions, and philosophers have sought to define, for instance, the moral meaning of emotions such as empathy, shame and anger. Scholars have also explored the political backgrounds and consequences of emotions, thus researching how given emotions may, for instance, feed exclusionary politics whilst other emotions may lead to increased inclusion. Meanwhile, cultural theorists and anthropologists have analysed the cultural roots, variations and meanings of different emotion categories.

The newly re-found interest in emotions is thus cross- and interdisciplinary. The central questions are: What are “emotions”, and what is referred to by terms such as “love”, “disgust”, “guilt”, “fear” or “joy”? What sorts of political ideologies different categories of emotion may feed? How are emotions relevant to moral agency? What is the physiological basis of emotions? How do cultures influence emotions and vice versa? What is the relation between social media and emotions?

The one-day seminar “Emotions and Affects: Interdisciplinary Perspectives” seeks to explore these questions. The keynote speakers are Antti Kauppinen (Professor of Practical Philosophy, University of Helsinki), Mikko Sams (Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Aalto University), and Kaarina Nikunen (Professor of Media and Communication Research, University of Tampere). Other speakers represent philosophy, psychology, cultural studies, media studies, musicology and gender studies.

The seminar will take place in Publicum 3, Assistentinkatu 7, Turku.

Registration: Attendance is free, although we kindly ask you to register by 31 January 2019.
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The event is organised by the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (Elisa Aaltola, Johanna Kaakinen) and the Research Center for Culture and Health (Anu Laukkanen).


9.45-10.15    Morning coffee

10.15           Welcoming words

10.30-11.30   Keynote lecture 1, Antti Kauppinen: Happiness and Positive Emotion

11.30-13.00   Session 1
Elisa Aaltola: Moral love in the philosophies of Iris Murdoch and Simone Weil
Noora Kotilainen: Images of forced migration in Finnish media: Emotional encounters with the distress of others
Johanna Kaakinen: Emotional reactions to immigration-related statements: Evidence from eye tracking, think-alouds and subjective ratings

13.00-14.00   Lunch break

14.00-15.00   Keynote lecture 2,  Mikko Sams: Decoding emotions from human brain activity

15.00-15.15   Coffee

15.15-16.15   Keynote lecture 3, Kaarina Nikunen: Feeling together? Affective practice and production of emotions in the digital age

16.15-17.45   Session 2
Anu Laukkanen: Happiness, culture and inclusion. Narratives of impacts of cultural participation
Katariina Kyrölä: How do you feel about fat? Affective training and corporeal norms in  the media
Milla Tiainen: Mediation, atmosphere and affect in lived sonic experience: A sensobiographic approach