Anthropology | Emotion, Creativity & Aesthetics - 2nd eight weeks
A200 | 27737 | Minetti


Meets 2nd eight weeks only

The Anthropology of Emotion, Creativity, and Aesthetics

Very few things are more revealing about us than the way we handle and
express our emotions, our creativity, and our ideals of beauty. In
this course we will explore those fascinating territories by looking
into the arts, primarily music, but also into dance and film. We will
also take a look at how certain disciplines outside the arts have
dealt with them. Our goal will be to understand how the communities
and interest groups that develop around the arts and certain academic
disciplines deal with and articulate those three spheres. Some of the
questions that will be guiding us through these eight weeks are: What
brings us together as social and cultural beings? What makes us cry
and laugh? What stirs up our emotions? How do we share emotions with
others? What are the implications of this for the ways we chose to
behave, socialize, and relate to others? What does it mean to be
creative and how does it work in collective situations? Is the
experience of beauty in the arts the most responsible for our
happiness, as some have suggested? How do we operate according to the
aesthetical principles we articulate as social individuals? How do we
develop our tastes and what can these tell us about the way we
approach the world? How do we create mechanisms of inclusion and
exclusion based on our aesthetical principles? What does it mean to be
happy? We will work with some very interesting ethnographies, video,
and audio materials from the US and Latin America focusing on the
analysis and understanding of cultural activities and processes. We
will also develop an exciting project in the Bloomington musical and
academic scene so we can better feel, assess, and understand the role
of collective emotions, group creativity, and aesthetical principles
within our own cultural surroundings. This course is of direct
interest to students of a wide range of disciplines. If you think
about it, it is impossible to come up with an area of human activity
that is not permeated by at least one of the mentioned spheres, and if
you can come up with one, it is certainly due to intentional efforts
of some and to the detriment of others (we will analyze situations
where this actually happens). You will find this course very relevant
and interesting if you have interests in Anthropology,
African-American Studies, Business, Chemistry, Dance, Drama, English,
Ethnic Studies, Film Studies, Fine Arts, Folklore and Ethnomusicology,
Geography, History and Philosophy of Science, Latin American Studies,
Mathematics, Music, Museum Studies, Physics, Psychology, and Religious
Studies.