Session on the 5th April: The body as a producer of emotions

  • Erica Le Tailleure (Dr in Living Arts, Hacettepe University / Ankara Conservatory), Whirling Dervishes, love between ecstasy and ‘enstase;
  • Alice Godfroy (Assistant professor in dance, University of Nice), Dance and poetry: a knotting in the infra-body;  
  • Alice Dupas (ENS Lyon, PhD student in philosophy), An enactive approach to emotion and its application to the case of aesthetic emotion.

Details of the communications

Erica the Tailleure, Whirling Dervishes, love between ecstasy and ‘enstase’ During their dance h the dervishes turn on their own, the state of enstasis seems to reach its climax thanks to a set of rules carefully weighed and measured so that the dervish, keeping control of himself, reaches the most subtle degrees of mystical hearing. Between body and mind, there is no more separation or chiasm, since the ultimate objective is the state of absolute unity (tevhid), the perfect and total union.

Alice Godfroy Dance and poetry: a knotting in the infra-body

A theory of articulation makes it possible to isolate the somatic substratum from which artisitic gestures originate, and by which they touch us. This stage of the experience is made of emotional flows that affect what we propose to call our ‘infra-body’. A journey through the ideograms of Henri Michaux and the motionless explorations of improvisers of the movement (Contact Improvisation and butoh in particular) will seek to show how the most experimental poets and dancers have worked to densify this infra-body, and to tie implicitly their search to the somatic background of any expressiveness. I address the issue of articulation body / language, and open to furtive case studies.

Alice Dupas, An enactive approach to emotion and its application to the case of aesthetic emotion.

In this presentation, we aim to propose a cognitive-corporal theory of emotion that feeds on the so-called 4E approach (which will in fact be a 5E approach) of cognition, and more specifically its enactive capacity. The en profoundly anti-intellectualist theory of enactment by Colombetti and Thompson (Colombetti & 2007, 2007, 2010, Colombetti & Thompson, 2005, 2008) on which we dwell, postulates that emotions are both cognitive (appraisal theory). and deeply bodily (sense-making theory), or that they take place within a living and feeling body. On the one hand, we will expose the reasons that lead us to see in this theory of enactive appraisal a congruent theory of emotion, and on the other hand we will apply this theory to the aesthetic sphere in order to account for the aesthetic emotion in enactive terms.

practical information:

Bibliothèque de l’Inalco (BULAC) 10h-13h

Salle Rj 23

65 Rue des Grands Moulins, 75013 Paris

(métro Bibliothèque nationale, Ligne 14, sortie Chevaleret)


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