Re: [xmca] [Fwd: THE CH SIG ELECTION] ... and let's move on

From: Ana Marjanovic-Shane (
Date: Mon May 01 2006 - 17:53:12 PDT

Dear Vera,
Thanks for the congratulations.

Here are some of my thoughts on the issue of emotions/ feelings -- this
is just brainstorming...

I am reading Damasio's "Looking for Spinoza", I just have begun.
And I am thinking what do I want to do in writing about affects. So far,
there are at least three areas of experience that have been somewhat
covered in CHAT -- in regard to the affects/emotions/feelings:
Play, creativity and collaboration and the psychology of art.
Vygotsky's original idea that in play is also gaining awareness of
emotions and learning to master of emotions has not been pursued as far
as I know. Maybe I don't know.
Another of Vygotsky's ideas from the psychology of art is the concept of
dialectics of emotions in the art of literature and drama, and
refinement and enrichment of the feelings and emotions through this
cultural tool.
I am just curious now what will I find in this book by Damasio. The last
one (Descartes's error) was interesting to me because of the curious
examples of brain damage that damages social judgment and relationships,
but it was not connecting with anything in cultural historical theory.
This book (Looking for Spinoza) may be the same --- at least from the
little that I have read and the surface I have browsed. What is
interesting there is Damasio's very thorough connection between body
(physiological and motor processes) and emotions/feelings. However,
there is nothing social in his studies of emotion -- even when the
"object" of the feelings is another person (whether it is love or
shame). Other people are just a part of the external reality in which an
organism has to navigate and keep its integrity and well being.
And that is so far a problem to connect sporadic studies of emotions in
CHAT with the new knowledge on the physiology of nervous system and
emotions.I also have the "Handbook of Emotions" edited by Michael Lewis
-- with very interesting set of articles that cover philosophy,
psychology, history and sociology, physiology, etc... I have started to
looks at some of those articles, just to see the breadth of the issue.
We also said that we should look into the studies of autism. I think
that it could be VERY important to do that, but I haven't yet looked there.
I am just starting to collect the references...

A more systematic writeup of all of this will follow. I just need to
sound off some of my very scattered thoughts.


Vera P. John-Steiner wrote:
> Dear Ana,
> Congratulations, Vera
> Ana Marjanovic-Shane wrote:
>> Dear Colleagues,
>> The election is almost over. The poll will be open for another hour
>> (until midnight US Eastern Time). I want to thank everyone who voted,
>> and to urge all of you who did not vote yet, to do so as soon as
>> possible. (links are below).
>> Results of this election must be submitted to AERA by tomorrow (May
>> 1). You will also know them then, and you can see them by visiting
>> the second link below.
>> All the best
>> Ana
>> -------- Original Message --------
>> Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 10:35:54 -0400
>> From: Ana Marjanovic-Shane <>
>> To: Xmca <>,
>> Dear Colleagues,
>> As you already know, CH-SIG is running an election for the new
>> officers: a president, a program chair and a co-chair, and a treasurer.
>> We have received quite a few nominations for each of these positions.
>> We have also informed all the nominees about their nomination and
>> asked them for acceptance. Some of them did not accept for different
>> reasons. Their names don't appear on the electronic ballot.
>> The election is now open and will stay open until MAY 1.
>> Here is you opportunity to participate at least in one FAIR election
>> -- where campaigning did not cost one penny and where all candidates
>> are really the best candidates! Your vote is critically needed NOW.
>> To vote click *here <> :-) *
>> To see the results click *here
>> <>* :-\
>> To leave a message about the election click *here
>> <> :-P *
>> Please vote now!
>> (please disregard possible multiple e-mails which you might get)
>> All the best
>> Ana

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