2009

Affective Economies. Languages of Emotion in Shakespeare (Kathrin Bethke)

This project analyses the influences of economic paradigms on the representation of the passions in early modern English drama. It mainly focuses on the concept of "esteem" and its ethical, economic and emotive implications. Project No. G 201

An ethnography on the social emotion shame in sex education in school (Sarah Blumenthal)

The empirical study - a participatory observation of sex education in biology classes in four secondary school classes in Berlin, focuses on the dynamic of shame in communication processes. Project No. G 202

Angry Texts. The Language of Aggressive Emotions in 20th Century German Literature (Alfred Alexander Stumm)

How does literature convey linguistically expressed anger? What purpose does that serve and what do the differences mean? The analysis uncovers concepts of an emotion and its relation to semiotic and symbolic practices. Project No. G 211

Emotional competence and language in children with Williams syndrome (Tanja Tagoe)

The research project investigates interactions between emotional, linguistic, cognitive, and social abilities in children with Williams syndrome, a rare disorder with unbalanced competences within emotions, language, cognition and social behavior. Project No. G 212

Emotions at Work – Working on Emotions. Germany, 1920 - 1970 (Sabine Donauer)

This project investigates the relationship between capitalist and emotional practices in 20th century industrial labor. Project No. G 204

Modulation of emotion elicitation in film (Corinna Pehrs)

How do we reach to induce a first hand emotion, measure it valid and investigate empathy at the same point? Project No. G 206

Moving Identities: Metamorphosis in contemporary German literature and beyond (Tara Beaney)

What are emotions – are they external threats, animal forces, semi-rational appraisals or free-floating intensities? This project investigates historically changing understandings of the ways in which emotions act upon or constitute the self. Project No. G 215

On the Significance of Feeling for Belief and Knowledge in the Late Writings of G.W.F. Hegel (Dorothea Katharina Ritter)

How do we know whether we really know something or whether we "merely" believe something? Must we consider belief and knowledge as strictly rational phenomena or do we have to recognize that feeling might play some significant role in them? How does certainty occur? Project No. G 207