Article | Kultur~Natur: Konferens för kulturstudier i Sverige; Conference in Sweden 15–17 June 2009 | Modernitet in på kroppen eller: kropp; känslor; sinnen som social arena

Title:
Modernitet in på kroppen eller: kropp; känslor; sinnen som social arena
Author:
Karin Johannisson: Uppsala universitet, Sweden
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Year:
2009
Conference:
Kultur~Natur: Konferens för kulturstudier i Sverige; Conference in Sweden 15–17 June 2009
Issue:
040
Article no.:
003
Pages:
19-23
No. of pages:
5
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2009-10-26
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


My focus; within a broader field of the history of emotions and the history of the senses; is on through what bodily strata; and what signs and symptoms modernity was (and is) literally embodied. Defining “modernity” I am following Marshall Berman’s definition: a kind of vital experience - “of space and time; of me and the other; of the possibilities and threats of life” – displaying itself at different points in time; but mostly with reference to the turn of the century 1900.

The aim is to show how intensified social change; on a collective and individual level (i.e. to the elite and bourgeoisie) is deeply related to embodiment. A new body was appearing; characterized by painfully sensitive senses. This modern; and hastily modernized body; was thus highly sensibilized; even “agonized” and phobic; demonstrating a broad spectrum of nervous and burn-out symptoms. Not only perceptions but the senses themselves; like emotions; are culturally flexible; illustrating a transgressive; versatile body.

Kultur~Natur: Konferens för kulturstudier i Sverige; Conference in Sweden 15–17 June 2009

Author:
Karin Johannisson
Title:
Modernitet in på kroppen eller: kropp; känslor; sinnen som social arena
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Kultur~Natur: Konferens för kulturstudier i Sverige; Conference in Sweden 15–17 June 2009

Author:
Karin Johannisson
Title:
Modernitet in på kroppen eller: kropp; känslor; sinnen som social arena
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