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This panel examines how poetics and aethetics are co-created and (re)produced in verbal art and texts that are circulated between not only humans but also other-than-human beings. We seek to explore how various linguistic acts become transformative and catalyze shared feeling and social action.
In a recent article, Kwek and Seyfert (2018) discuss the importance of both human and non-human in producing 'affective attunement'. We want to examine the ways in which poetics and aesthetics are co-created and (re)produced in both verbal art and texts circulated between humans, or between human and other-than-human beings. How are speeches, poems, blessings and other kinds of linguistic acts transformative in their production of affect (as suggestions of feelings and emotions, or 'shared intersubjective states' (Wilce 2012)? We invite papers that seek to explore these processes and reveal how these feelings and emotions may become catalysts for new aesthetic and poetic sensibilities within a given (speech) community. In this panel, we aspire to link this approach to poetics and aesthetics with questions of 'the good life' (Fischer 2014) and how this can be variably envisioned through these linguistic acts. How does the act of verbal/textual creation contribute to the well-being of the individual, and their community, consisting of both human and other-than-human members? How do these acts envision for a different future for the speaker and those listening, witnessing, or reading the work? How are these creative acts galvanizing emotions and other forms of social action for their audiences? Temporal and geographic comparisons revealing differences and similarities through time and space are especially welcomed, as is work concerning minority and/or Indigenous languages that highlight resilience, resistance and reclamation of ways of speaking in the often-unfavorable political and social climates faced by speakers.