In recent decades, the return to the body and its feelings has gained significant interest through subfields of knowledge and lines of research, both in sociology and philosophy, feminist thought, cultural studies and studies on science and technology. In social sciences the possibility of investigating and analysing the feelings of the body has been enriched by the sociological analysis of emotions (Bericat, 2000, 2012, Barbalet, 2004, Hochschild, 2008, James, 2012); the affective turn (Blackman, 2012; Blackman and Venn, 2010; Ahmed, 2014); and the sensorial turn (Vannini, Waskul and Gottschalk, 2012; Howes, 2014; Howes and Classen, 2014), among others. On the other hand, 21st century technologies and their impact on body condition (Ihde, 2004) have placed sensitive experience at the center of various debates. This context claims for a debate about how the sensitive body is relational with others (Simmel, 2014, Crossley, 2001: 103), and also with objects and artifacts (Rodaway, 1994, Crossley, 2001: 103, Tuan, 2007 Latour, 2004). From glasses, clothing, bicycles, automobiles to video games and virtual reality simulators (Latour, 2008; Ihde, 2004), the relationship between the materiality of the body and the artifacts opens a suggestive line of research associated with the senses and emotions.
The need to assemble the analysis of the corporal senses, emotions and artifacts forces us to consider relational research approaches that add to the dissolution of the classic pairs of thought, namely, body / mind, emotion / reason, sensation / perception, nature / culture, nature / technology and even rigid binaries of gender as man / woman. On the other hand, the return to a notion of relational and sensitive body compels us to recover its materiality and to report how the social matter is embodied (Crossley, 1995: 43), beyond a naive constructivism point of view. Similarly, in recent debates has been raised how we learn to feel and to be affected (Latour, 2004) in situation and in relation to artifacts, which allows us to investigate the processes of de-learning of sensitive mechanisms in relation to human and non-human entities.
From the experience in the contemporary world, this type of approach raises a series of important questions to consider: What does it mean to feel and how can this question be addressed in theoretical-methodological terms? What metatheoretical approaches are relevant for a relational approach of the senses, emotions and artifacts? What other disciplines and in what way do you build significant bridges with the social sciences to explain the intersection of senses, emotions and artifacts? What "sensory models" predominate in today's society and how do they hierarchize sensitive experience? How do we learn or unlearn sensitive mechanisms through certain artifacts? What politics of feelings condition our experience in the contemporary world? We believe that although we will not find univocal answers given that the body and its feeling is located, the reflections around these questions -based on specific referents-, shed light on possible relational approaches between senses, emotions and artifacts.
For this special call, the proposals can be related to the following topics, although they are not restricted, other topics that are framed in the call are welcome.