A Biocultural Hinge: Theorizing Affect and Emotion Across Disciplines
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Adam Frank, Department of English, UBC; Dr. Shelly Rosenblum, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC.
The enormous recent interest in the emotions has been evident across a wide variety of disciplines: philosophy, literary criticism, sociology, geography, history, anthropology, academic and clinical psychology, the neurosciences, and the visual and performing arts. Taking advantage of UBC faculty’s specific expertise and wide-ranging connections in this area, this Institute Roundtable invites an international cross-disciplinary group of researchers and practitioners to explore theories of emotion both from the perspectives of their own disciplines and from one another’s.
Our task will be to address a series of difficult questions. How do various disciplines define emotion, whether in terms of subjective feeling, observable psycho-physiological state, neurobiological process or event, discursive entity, or aesthetic means or end? How might these definitions intersect or fail to intersect with one another? Can any existing theory of emotion accommodate these definitions? "A Biocultural Hinge” addresses these questions by bringing together researchers and practitioners whose expertise and research styles will benefit from an open, challenging, and cross-disciplinary dialogue on emotion with the goal of sparking new approaches to this fundamental quality of human (and other animal) experience.