January 27, 2024 12:30 JST
In this symposium, we explore affect in interactions through virtual spaces. Focusing on mediated remote interactions not only highlights the processes through which virtual spaces shape and are shaped by affects and perception, but also stimulates rethinking of traditional concepts of distance and copresence. Therefore, the symposium not only explores various anthropological cases surrounding virtual spaces but also extends its scope to issues such as gestures and cognition in face-to-face interactions, correspondences with the environment, and to how the experience of “being with others” emerges in relation to distance through affect, feelings, and perception. By doing so, the symposium aims to examine the dynamics of affect, experiences, and perceptions in virtual spaces while simultaneously considering the theoretical dimensions of “distance” that have not been extensively discussed in cultural anthropology.
The symposium is divided into two parts: “Discussing” and “Experiencing.” In the former “Discussing” part, researchers engage in scholarly discussions on the theme in a traditional symposium format. The latter “Experiencing” part allows participants to explore the core theme of the symposium through their senses. Throughout both segments, the goal is to achieve a more comprehensive understanding of the theme.
*Language: Japanese only