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Petronella Foultier: Affective scaffolding in the artistic & aesthetic experience of dance

Time Wednesday 22 March, 2023 at 13:15 - 15:00
Place HUM.H.119 (HD108)

The Research Seminar Series in Philosophy invites you to a seminar with Petronella Foultier, "Affective scaffolding in the artistic and aesthetic experience of dance".


In this paper, I will examine how the art of dance can function as an affective scaffold in the sense developed by Colombetti, Krueger, Maiese and some others. The theory of affective scaffolding proposes that our affective states are scaffolded by external resources, in that a local environment, a niche, has been set up by us and our predecessors as a sustaining and enhancing extension of our affectivity. In this local environment, other people, animals and artefacts serve to underpin our affective processes; the latter are thus not to be seen as internal states but rather as hybrid processes encompassing organic states of the subject, material objects and other living beings. Some of these artefacts are works of art, and my aim is to explore how and along which dimensions dance “works” in a large sense – including movement practices, movement material and choreographic performances – can function as affective scaffolds for the creator, performer and appreciator of dance. 

All interested are welcome to participate in this seminar.

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Petronella Foultier
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Pär Sundström
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