The triumph of romantic love represented a revolutionary break with the previous strategies for partner election. We aim to interrogate our current understandings of love in relation to postmodernity, the romantic ideals, practices, ICTs, gender, class and other categories.
Romantic love in the Western World represented a revolutionary break with a hegemonic definition of love based on homogamy and parental decisions in choosing spouses, among other things. Romantic love relied on the ideas of free choice of the spouse and the belief in the indissoluble association of love and passion and their ideal durability. Postmodernism has provoked a new mutation in love (known with such terms as confluent love) which is characterized by the reflexivity of the love relationship and the fulfillment of expectations.
We welcome contributions to debate on the current understandings of love. Here are some examples:
- Is romantic love in crisis, or is it still being disseminated and proposed as an ideal both in the societies where it emerged and in those under their influence? How do ideas on romantic love circulate?
- How are the love and sentimental expressions culturally defined? How are they produced, circulated, assumed and/or contested?
- How are love ideals and sentimental practices articulated?
- Which meaningful exchanges influence the 'open biographical planning' which emphasizes the near-dogma of the elective character of all the areas of human experience? How determining is the impact of circulation, exchange and mutation in postmodern love narratives?
- How do people experience and how do they deal with the current uncertainty in love and with the high sentimental expectations of the individuals?
- What influence do the ICTs have on shaping the geographies of love, of love exchange and the current marriage markets?