Skills of feeling with the world: affective imagination, embodied memories and materiality in the emergence of sociality 
Andrea De Antoni (Kyoto University)
Emma Cook (Hokkaido University)
Magdalen Summer Common Room
Start time:
19 September, 2018 at 9:00 (UTC+0)
Session slots:

Short Abstract:

This panel explores imagination and memories as "affective practices" (Wetherell 2012) that rely on skills of the body moving-in-the-world. It aims to link them to materiality and the emergence of sociality through practice and correspondences between bodies and environments.

Long Abstract

The so-called "affective turn" (Clough and Halley 2007) has shed light on the (inter-)subjective intensity and dynamics immanent to bodily perceptions and matter in general (e.g. Massumi 2002). Similarly, the centrality of the sensorial in shaping social practice and ethnography has also been highlighted (e.g. Geurts 2002, Howes 2004, Pink 2009). Ingold's work (2000, 2013), meanwhile, has pointed at the need to highlight creative processes in social practice in the making as engagements and correspondences with materials and the environment, in which skills of perception and action emerge along with ontologies.

Anthropological research has also granted the status of "real" experience to both memory and imagination, mainly focusing on healing: imagining and imagery are analyzed as bodily practices as they engage the (motor-)senses, providing experiences of immediacy and self-presence reinforced by intersubjective engagements (e.g. Csordas 1996, 2002). Moreover, the importance of "technologies of imagination" (Sneath et al. 2009) in the construction of the social has been highlighted, also as an attempt to go beyond a strictly mental definition of imagination.

Building on these approaches, this panel explores the interrelationships between embodied memories and imagination as "affective practices" (Wetherell 2012) or "practices of feeling with the world" (De Antoni and Dumouchel 2017) that rely on specific skills of the lived body moving-in-the-world. It will elaborate new methodological standpoints, based on ethnographic data, to relate feelings and bodily perceptions with remembering and imagining, as the ground for experienced realities emerging through correspondences between bodies and (material) environments, including non-humans.

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