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*/CFP: NECSUS Spring 2019 Emotions /*
Guest edited by Jens Eder (Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf),
Julian Hanich (University of Groningen), and Jane Stadler (Swinburne
For more than two decades emotions have been a major topic of discussion
and contention in film and media studies. From cognitive theories and
phenomenology to affect studies, many different approaches have been
suggested, many books written, and many insights won. However, some
crucial questions have barely been discussed. This special section
#Emotions takes stock and seeks to advance the field in new directions.
We suggest a /conceptual/, a /contextual/, an /ethical/, a /political/,
and a /media-comparative/ expansion, thus showing the urgency of
thinking further about the interconnection between contemporary media
and the emotions of their audiences.
We are primarily interested in contributions that focus on emotions that
are actually felt by viewers, readers, gamers, users, or prosumers, and
not emotions represented in media, for instance by way of characters. We
are also looking for thick descriptions of emotional experiences and
well-chosen examples of how it feels to undergo a specific emotion in
concrete media engagements and environments. Moreover, we are interested
in the specific dynamics of situated, collective emotional experiences
of different kinds and groups of viewers and users.
*Contributions may focus on but are not restricted to the following
* Conceptual clarifications: What distinguishes emotions from affects,
moods, feelings, desires, and other cognitive and embodied responses to
media texts, technologies, and experiences?
* Unnamed emotions: Which emotions do we experience when we engage with
films, television series, or computer games, and which of them do not
have a name (yet)? Do some societies and cultures have names for
emotional experiences which others lack (e.g. /rasa, Schadenfreude,
* Collective emotions: When, why, and in what media contexts do we
experience collective emotions? What does it mean to share an emotion
when engaged with a film, a television series, a computer game etc.? Can
this have moral or political effects?
* Emotions and media specificity: How do media differ in their
potentials and strategies of eliciting emotions? For instance, how do
social media or virtual reality experiences steer user emotions? What
are the emotional characteristics of different algorithms, applications,
and platforms on the internet and what affective labor is involved? What
can video games do that films cannot, and vice versa?
* Emotions of different audiences: How and why do the emotions of media
users, of social groups, political factions, or cultural spheres differ?
How can it be explained, for instance, that one and the same tweet or
video triggers glee in one part of the audience and outrage in another part?
* Emotions and attention economies: How do changing economies of
attention (for instance, in the context of new media or ‘hybrid media
systems’ as described by Andrew Chadwick) impact on viewer/user emotions?
* Affective algorithms, emotional AI, and emotion capture: How do
digital and sensory media capture and process user emotional responses?
What forms of emotion capture are emerging, for instance, in virtual
assistants, fitness trackers, software for emotion recognition, or
sentiment analysis? What are their political, legal, cultural, and moral
* Emotions, media, and ethics: How are emotions of media audiences and
users connected to moral questions and ethical issues? When and how, for
instance, do media manipulate emotions? Can insights from affective
computing and critical perspectives on algorithmic culture help us to
understand the ethics of new media and the emotions they elicit?
* Emotions, rhetoric, and persuasion: How are emotions used for
persuasive purposes in the media? Which are the most important forms of
* Emotions, media, and politics/the political: How do different kinds of
media elicit political emotions like outrage, fear, hate, pride, or
hope? How do they construct power relations by triggering those and
other emotions? How do they block empathy or compassion?
*/ We invite authors to submit an abstract of 300 words plus 3-5
bibliographic references and a short biography of 100 words by15
September 2018. Please make sure your attachment file name is formatted
with your last name and your abstract title. Abstracts should be sent
directly to the NECSUS editorial board at the following
address:(g.decuir /at/ aup.nl) <mailto:(g.decuir /at/ aup.nl)>. On the basis of
selected abstracts, authors will be invited to submit full manuscripts
of 5-7,000 words by15 February 2019, which will subsequently go through
a double-blind peer review process. /*
** Bellour, R. Le corps du cinéma: hypnoses, émotions, animalités.
Paris: POL/Trafic, 2009.
Eder, J. ‘Collateral Emotions: Political Web Videos and Divergent
Audience Responses’ in Cognitive theory and documentary film, edited by
C. Brylla and M. Kramer. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
Hanich, J. The audience effect: On the collective cinema experience.
Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018.
Laine, T. Feeling cinema: Emotional dynamics in film studies. New York:
McStay, A. Emotional AI: The rise of empathic media. Thousand Oaks:
Ngai, S. Ugly feelings. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007.
Plantinga, C. Screen stories. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.
Sampson, T., Maddison, S., and Ellis, D (eds). Affect and social media:
Emotion, mediation, anxiety and contagion. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield,
Sinnerbrink, R. Cinematic ethics: Exploring ethical experience through
film. London: Routledge, 2016.
Smith, M. Film, art, and the third culture: A naturalized aesthetics of
film. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.
Stadler, J. Pulling focus: Intersubjective experience, narrative film,
and ethics. New York: Continuum, 2008.
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