Body003
Articulation of emotions as cultural heritage

Convenors:
Ulla Savolainen (University of Helsinki)
Niina Hämäläinen (Finnish Literature Society)
Stream:
Body/Embodiment
Location:
A209
Start time:
23 June, 2015 at 10:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

The purpose of the panel is to examine the orchestration of emotions as cultural heritage. The panel explores the uses, manifestations and manipulations of emotions in different spheres of culture, in different historical and current contexts as well as in various forms of expression.

Long abstract:

Emotions are not only restricted to the personal and individual spheres of life; they are also used in different arenas of culture. Consequently emotions and their possible outcomes - the power potential relating to emotions - has led to the consideration of some of the emotions and various creative expressions of emotions as ideal, preferable and useful while others are viewed as unwanted, avoidable and harmful. In folklore studies and ethnology emotions are often used as attributes in defining objects of research. Emotions and representations of emotions are not only an instrument for those who have power; they are also a central driving force in the resistance and processes of defining cultural heritage for minorities. At the level of individual meaning making, emotions justify action and authorize different opinions. The purpose of this panel is to examine the orchestration of emotions as cultural heritage. The panel explores the uses, manifestations and manipulations of emotions in different spheres of culture, in different historical and current contexts as well as in various forms of expression. Also theoretical views on the topic are in the scope of the panel. Relevant questions are: whose emotions define and cultural heritage and what kinds become attributes of heritage; what kind of meanings are given to particular emotions and their representations in a particular context; and for what purposes, whose agendas, and what kind of possible futures are emotions considered as ideal or articulated as cultural heritage?