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Call for Papers

We invite abstracts of up to 300 words, plus a brief biography, for papers of no more than 20 minutes or panels of three associated papers. We encourage submissions from postgraduate and early career researchers as well as established scholars, which address the concept of mood from a theoretical or interdisciplinary angle. Submissions can cover but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Concepts of mood/‘Stimmung’ in philosophy:

    • Heidegger’s ‘Stimmung’
    • Aesthetics and mood in Kant, Schiller et al.
    • Kierkegaard, existentialism and anxiety
  • Mood in psychology, psychiatry and cognitive science

    • Mood and its relationship to the concepts of emotion and affect
    • Mood disorders: depression, bipolar disorder, etc.
    • Neurological and cognitive foundations of mood
    • Empirical studies of mood

  • Aesthetics of mood

    • Aesthetics and theories of mood in literature

      • Concepts of mood, atmosphere, disposition and ethos in literature
      • Pathetic fallacy
      • The moods of Romanticism, Modernism, etc.
    • Mood in film and theatre

      • Cinematic and theatrical atmospheres
      • Cinematic portraits of mood: Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia, von Trier’s Melancholia, etc.

    • Mood and music

      • Theories of ‘Stimmung’ and attunement
      • Concepts of harmony and dissonance
      • Musical moods
  • Politics of mood/social moods

    • Normativity and mood
    • Social moods/collective states of mind/Prechter’s concept of mood in socionomics
  • Mood in linguistics/grammatical mood

  • Specific moods, such as:

    • Anxiety
    • Boredom
    • Nostalgia
    • Melancholy
    • Ennui
    • Paranoia
    • Exhilaration
    • Ecstasy
    • Awkwardness

Abstracts should be sent to mood dot warwick2016 at gmail dot com by 29 February 2016.