Affective Voices

Poet and philosopher Denise Riley and psychologist Disa Sauter discuss voices and emotions, the possibilities and the difficulties of language and communication.

Recorded live on 5th May 2012 at Birkbeck College, London. The event was the second in a series of public conversations with leading researchers exploring different aspects of the voice, introduced by James Wilkes.

Denise Riley is a poet and philosopher. Her non-fiction includes The Words of Selves: Identification, Solidarity, Irony; Impersonal Passion: Language as Affect; and, with Jean-Jacques Lecercle, The Force of Language. Her poetry has been widely published, including a Selected Poems in 2000.

Disa Sauter is a researcher at the Department of Social Psychology, University of Amsterdam. Her work examines the communication of emotions via non-verbal signals, and the interplay between non-verbal communication and language. She uses cross-cultural comparisons to examine how factors such as culture and language shape our emotions and the ways that they are signalled.

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