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Grasping the Ineffable: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Mood

Birgit Breidenbach


The question of mood deeply affects a variety of disciplines such as psychology, sociology, philosophy and the arts. As an emerging new field in both disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, mood became the focal point of the conference Mood: Aesthetic, Psychological and Philosophical Perspectives, held at Warwick in 2016, which set out to explore the nature of mood and develop ways of conceptualising and researching it through an interdisciplinary lens. A series of keynote lectures, creative performances and parallel sessions led to a varied and productive exchange of disciplinary perspectives that helped to outline the main questions and concerns of the emerging research topic mood constitutes, uncovering the central role it plays in aesthetic, social and political contexts.


mood; affect studies; interdisciplinary research; aesthetics; philosophy; psychology

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