Emotions under Siege?
May 14 and 15, 2010
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100 (ground floor), University of Toronto
170 St. George Street (NW corner of Bloor Street and St. George Street; TTC: St. George Station)
On the 14th and 15th of May 2010 there will be an interdisciplinary symposium on the emotions sponsored by the Jackman Humanities Institute. The symposium will bring together internationally renowned scholars working on the emotions at the university from a wide array of disciplinary backgrounds. The purpose of the symposium is to deepen cross-disciplinary dialogue on the exact nature of the emotions helping us to understand what scholars in the sciences, social sciences and humanities can learn from one another with respect to the emotions. In particular, the idea that emotions can be regarded as automatic responses, tapping into deep evolutionary and biological imperatives may appear to run counter to the notion that our emotions are largely an expression of our individual personalities and/or evocative of our place in a broader context or of the relationships in which we are embedded. Can these two broad perspectives be reconciled?
The panels will run from 9 to 5 (with breaks) both days with opportunities for questions and discussion.
On the first day participants will address the following questions: How should we broadly characterize emotion, accounting for both its cognitive and preconscious attributes, and what are the implications of this view for an understanding of human life as unique? How should we conceptualise the relation among emotions, the body, language and reason? What experiences or examples should we take to be most revealing about the nature of the emotions and their relation to other aspects of the human person?
Confirmed participants for May 14th include:
Keith Oatley , (Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology)
Brad Inwood (Departments of Philosophy and Classics);
Adam Anderson (Affect and Cognition Laboratory, Department of Psychology)
Curie Virag (Department of History)
Geoff Macdonald (Psychology)
Dr. Margot Taylor (Director of Functional Neuroimaging, Hospital for Sick Children)
Jennifer Jenkins (Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology)
Joseph Fletcher (Department of Political Science)
Martin Pickave (Department of Philosophy and Institute for Medieval Studies)
Hanah Chapman (Ph.D. candidate, Affect and Cognition Lab, Department of Psychology)
Len Ferry (Ph.D candidate, Department of Political Science).
On the second day the questions for discussions are as follows: What is the place for emotions in a normative account of the moral life, and is there something distinctly human about this? Is it right to suggest that there are certain emotions that should be deemed inappropriate for the public sphere of liberal democratic regimes? What can insights into the nature of human emotion contribute to social and political theory?
Confirmed participants for May 15th include:
Ronald de Sousa (Department of Philosophy)
Megan Boler (Department of Theory and Policy Studies)
Jennifer Nedelsky (Department of Political Science and Faculty of Law)
Li Chen (Department of History)
Ryan Balot (Department of Political Science)
Simone Chambers (Department of Political Science)
Sophie Bourgault (University of Ottawa, Politics)
Paul Saurette (University of Ottawa, Politics)
Rebecca Kingston (Department of Political Science)
Stefan Dolgert (Postdoctoral fellow, Jackman Humanities Institute)
Dan Newman (Ph.D. candidate, English Department)
Kiran Banerjee (Ph.D. candidate, Department of Political Science)
Yi-Chun Chen (M.A. student, Department of Political Science).
The goals of this symposium are threefold. In the first instance, we hope by the very interdisciplinary nature of the dialogue, as well as by the more informal structure of the symposium, to enhance opportunities to clarify the points of agreement and disagreement among scholars scholars of the emotions in various fields of the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The second objective of this symposium is to assess if or how the human is under pressure through the scientific experimental discourse on the emotions. The third objective is to explore positive roles emotions can play in our practice and understanding of collective life.
This event is free and open to anyone, but space is limited. Please register your intention to attend with Rebecca Kingston at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a person with a disability and will require accommodations, please contact Kim Yates at (416) 946-0313 or email@example.com by 10 May 2010 to make suitable arrangements.
This event is sponsored by the Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts. For further information, please see http://www.humanities.utoronto.ca/events or contact Rebecca Kingston at firstname.lastname@example.org or James McKee at email@example.com.
Rebecca Kingston, Associate Professor of Political Science,
University of Toronto,
100 St. George Street,
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