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Considering the relational in aesthetic experience

Dr Mark Rimmer (University of East Anglia)

This talk will engage with debates about how we might best understand the emotional dimensions of aesthetic experience. In particular, the concern here is to tentatively sketch the potential value of a relational perspective for efforts to grapple with the nature of aesthetic experience. Based on findings from a recent research project exploring the musical lives of primary school children, I argue for the need to take full account of relationships and their role in the figuring of reflexivity and emotion within aesthetic encounters.