Why should we study emotions in intercultural contexts? What makes emotions so powerful in intercultural communication, or in any communication? How to recognise and study emotions in intercultural encounters?
This course examines emotions from a multidisciplinary perspective, making use of anthropology, sociology, psychology, gender studies, postcolonial studies, linguistics and philosophy. Students of these fields – advanced Bachelor’s level or at a Master’s level – are warmly invited to participate in this course.
The students will be introduced to key concepts of interculturality such as otherness, subjectivity and individualism, which they can then apply to a real case study. The course will highlight different psychosocial dynamics and processes of exclusion and inclusion and ways of accessing symbolic and economic capital in a society. The crucial contribution of the course is to bring theory to practice: the students will learn how to design research techniques to study emotions. Qualitative research methods of ethnography, critical discourse analysis and emotional performance will be studied and applied to an intercultural context in Helsinki.
The course starts with introductory lectures to the topic and to the different multidisciplinary perspectives, based on recent academic research and results in the field. Background reading and a pre-assignment will be delivered before the beginning of the course. The students will work in groups and participate in a workshop on a concrete case of intercultural encounters. To complete the course, the groups will prepare presentations that will be analysed by their fellow students and evaluated by the course teachers.
The course is led by Dr Simone Belli, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and Dr Sarri Vuorisalo-Tiitinen, University of Helsinki, both specialists in critical discourse analysis and linguistics. Mr Belli holds a PhD in social psychology, while Ms Vuorisalo-Tiitinen’s doctorate is in Latin American Studies.
This 5-credit course can also be used as part of the Intercultural Competence block in the Master’s Degree Programme in Intercultural Encounters of the University of Helsinki. Read more about the ICE programme at http://www.helsinki.fi/interculturalencounters.
Please direct any questions concerning the content of this course to the coordinator, Dr Sarri Vuorisalo-Tiitinen, sarri.vuorisalo-tiitinen(at)helsinki.fi
Any questions on the general arrangements (accommodation, scholarship, etc.) should be addressed to the Summer School’s office at summer-school(at)helsinki.fi.