AESTHETICS OF MEMORY AND EMOTIONS

P.I.: Fernanda Mota Alves

Description

The main goal of this project is to deepen the research on memory and emotions in literature and the arts from modernity till today. The study of contemporary artistic representations of trauma will play a dominant role in the research. It will consider the role played by different media in changing canonized patterns and ‘natural’ expectations. The project will analyze the aesthetic – philosophical, literary and artistic – manifestations of memory and emotions in modernity since Romanticism. It will focus on the encoding and regulation of emotions and their deconstruction in the subsequent periods – a process that started with the emergence of Realism, evolved until the turn of the century and is still visible in contemporary art and literature. Our research also aims at addressing possible gender-specific codes for the regulation and the aestheticization of emotions. It will furthermore focus on the radical change that culture and the arts underwent in the digital era and on the impact of the media and the new technologies in the cultural dimensions of memory and emotion.

Objective

The main goal of this project is to deepen the research on the artistic representations of memory and emotions, considering the close relationship between both. Specific aspects of this relationship, such as the topic of trauma and the present issue of transcultural identity associated to the phenomenon of migration, play a significant role in our research. This project also considers the role played by the different media in changing canonized patterns and “natural” expectations. It aims at analyzing the aesthetic – philosophical, literary and artistic – manifestations of memory and emotions in Modernity since Romanticism and it sets its focus on the encoding and regulation of emotions and their deconstruction in the subsequent periods. It also analyzes gender-specific codes and their role in the regulation and aesthetization of emotions. This project also addresses the radical change that culture and the arts underwent in the digital era and the impact of the media and the new technologies in the cultural dimensions of memory and emotion.

Team

Fernanda Mota Alves
Bruno Henriques
Cristiana Vasconcelos Rodrigues
Fernanda Gil Costa
Gerd Hammer
Luísa Soares
Maria Inês Robalo
Patrícia Lourenço
Teresa Cadete
Camila Sousa
António Alias Bergel

Publications