Schnyder Gess Marchal Bröckling

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Title / Titel The Power of Wonder. The Instrumentalization of Admiration, Astonishment and Surprise in Discourses of Knowledge, Power and Art
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Summary / Zusammenfassung Building upon research results of a previous, mainly literary studies oriented Sinergia project “Poetics and Aesthetics of Amazement” (2014–2017) which focused on the fabrication, reflection, and function of wonder within literature and the arts, the interdisciplinary project “The Power of Wonder” sets out to explore the social and political relevance of aesthetical emotions. It is one of the project’s basic assumptions that the importance of amazement and wonder within epistemological, socio-political, economical and religious discourses can be detected in the way in which wonder is being instrumentalized in fields of power and knowledge in order to shape, change, and manage cultural values, orders of knowledge as well as practices of governance and domination. Covering early modern and modern history as well as contemporary cultural phenomena, this project aims to study in which ways and through which strategies, practices, and rhetorics wonder – in the threefold sense of admiration, astonishment, and surprise – is put in operation concerning issues of hierarchy, legitimacy and risk assessment, but also persuasion, manipulation and entertainment.
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Publications / Publikationen Staunen als Grenzphänomen. Edited by: Gess, Nicola; Schnyder, Mireille; Marchal, Hugues; Bartuschat, Johannes (2017). Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink Verlag.

Archäologie der Spezialeffekte. Edited by: Adamowsky, Natascha; Gess, Nicola; Schnyder, Mireille; Marchal, Hugues; Bartuschat, Johannes (2018). Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink Verlag.

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Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Prof. Dr. Mireille Schnyder (Project Leader)
Prof. Dr. Nicola Gess (Project Leader)
Prof. Dr. Hugues Marchal (Project Leader)
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Bröckling (Project Leader)
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
SNF (Personen- und Projektförderung)
SNF Sinergia
Duration of Project / Projektdauer May 2018 to 04 2021