The Global Sentimentality Project Lecture Series No. 1 (Winter 2020/2021)
Thursdays 6-8pm (via Zoom)
* 7 Jan. 2021 Danai Mupotsa (U of the Witwatersrand) The Agreement
* 21 Jan. 2021 Marc Matten (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg) Strong Leaders, Strong Nation? Notions of Nostalgia in the Political Culture of Modern China
* 4 Feb. 2021 Annika McPherson (Augsburg U) Nostalgia, Sentimentality, and the Melodramatic Mode: Conceptualizing Netflix in/and the Global South
What makes us cry?
Where do we allow ourselves to cry?
And when do we enjoy being moved to tears?
In other words, what are the forms and functions of the sentimental?
The Global Sentimentality Project examines how the sentimental unfolds its power as an aesthetic narrative strategy, as a practice of crisis management, and as a technology of political mobilization. Our understanding of the sentimental revises the stigmatization of the term in popular parlance and extends its meaning beyond a set of literary texts. The sentimental shapes aesthetic experiences of all kinds. It operates in different cultural settings and in various political contexts where it has been analyzed as either facilitating or obstructing change. The Global Sentimentality Project brings together scholars from around the world and from different disciplines in order to compare the workings of the sentimental across cultures, social formations, and historical periods. The research activities of the Global Sentimentality Project are organized around four themes, which intersect and overlap.