'Moving (in) Feeling': Affective Theories in Sound and Tourism

Luis-Manuel Garcia, Dorina Buda

Research output: Contribution to conference (unpublished)Otherpeer-review


Proposed Paper Title:
'Moving (in) Feeling': Affective Theories in Sound and Tourism

Movement is the phenomenon through which our understandings of affect intersect. Scholars of music and tourism, respectively, we both engage with movement as a central epistemological and methodological concept in our research. For Luis-Manuel Garcia, sound and vibration form the basis of an account of affect that highlights impact, texture, and sympathetic resonance. For Dorina-Maria Buda, affect can be found in visceral intensities that circulate around and shape encounters between tourists, locals and places. For both, movement is not only a powerful metaphor of affect, but also a concrete, material aspect of our respective objects of study: electronic dance music and the ?dark? tourism of conflict zones.
This paper attends to the role of real-world things, patterns, and processes in the conceptual modeling of affect. Drawing on various theoretical streams of affect, we will show a long-standing and well-established practice of using context-specific objects and phenomena to underpin conceptual work. This is also the case for our own accounts of affect, which arise out of the phenomenological worlds we study. But rather than present a unified theoretical framework derived from the synthesis of our individual perspectives, our intention is instead to put them in dialogue. We will dramatize this process in the format of the paper itself, which will take the form of an ongoing interdisciplinary dialogue between the two presenters. This format will also serve to incorporate movement directly into the process of theorization, enacting an ongoing flux of thought out of which new accounts of affect can emerge.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2015


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