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After the Tears: Victimhood and Subjectivity in the Melodramatic Mode

abstract International Conference
ORGANIZATION: Scott Loren, Jörg Metelmenn
SPEAKERS: Thomas Elsaesser, Amos Goldberg, Eva Illouz, Fatima Naqvi, Ralph Poole, Rolf Schieder, Dorthe Staunas, Linda Williams
COMMENTS: Timon Beyes, Christof Decker, Christoph Henning, Vincent Kaufmann, Scott Loren, Alessandra di Maio, Jörg Metelmann, Daria Olgiati-Pezzoli, Ulrich Schmid


The spectrum of cultural artifacts evincing victimhood as a powerful ontological category in western societies continues to expand. Its capacity as a mode of legitimation, though, has been a source of much debate. This conference seeks new articulations of the political potential of victimhood in relation to the “affective turn” and the homo sentimentalis. It is particularly interested in the aesthetic practices and codes that are mobilized in various popular media to characterize the position of the victim, and whether an intervention in this form of popular subject formation could (or must?) itself take an aesthetic form.
   
keywords melodrama, victimhood, subjectivity
   
homepage http://www.afterthetears.ch
partner Grundlagenforschungsfond
KIM - Kulturen, Institutionen, Märkte
Haniel Stiftung
type other project type
status completed
start of project 2010
end of project 2011
additional informations
topics subjectivity, victimhood, melodrama
methods interdisciplinary
profile area SHSS - Kulturen, Institutionen, Märkte (KIM)
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