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Emotions and the Body

The language of the body - especially facial expressions and gestures - is of particular significance when it comes to identifying and deciphering emotions. This language has a biological-physiological substrate but is very much characterized by social conventions and cultural knowledge formations. How people understand the relationship between body and soul, whether they speak of the heart and mind, or of motor programs and their cortical representations, influences the manner in which emotions are felt and expressed. It bears an impact on body practices that evoke or temper emotions. The projects analyze such practices and the relevant background knowledge within various religious, aesthetic, medical and military contexts.

Karikatur Kuhpocken
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