Body006
Body, emotion, gender

Convenors:
Åsa Ljungström (Mid Sweden University)
Natasa Polgar (Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research)
Stream:
Body/Embodiment
Location:
A209
Start time:
24 June, 2015 at 10:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

Every body flounders in gendered structures, more or less consciously. This panel analyses bodily experiences of emotion, verbally or nonverbally, recognised and interpreted by fellow-beings in archival documentation, oral records, performance of resistance, healing practice.

Long abstract:

Body and mind are engaged in emotional memories that are not only personal but can be recognised by fellow-beings in various arenas of culture. Emotions are powerful instruments in the hands of those who want to change the world - not only for those in contemporary power. When presented, body memories are often painful, being a driving force in political resistance, defining the suffering of minorities when the experience is used by the individuals themselves or by the recorders interpreting their experiences. There are arenas that are obviously regarded as part of the cultural heritage and there are others hardly represented, so whose emotions did count in the past and how can this representation be changed. It takes a gender aspect to recognise the cultural heritage that is common to men and women of a local group or internationally. Issues of gender and heritage explore how gender identities, norms and values are constructed across the globe in various contexts and settings, some obvious, some unnoticed.