ABSTRACT

The notion of atmosphere has always been part of academic discourse, but often refers to something vague and diffuse - a phenomenon connected with our affective engagement with the world that is difficult to grasp. This volume develops and refines the concept of atmosphere, seeking to render it productive for anthropological and social scientific research by bringing together a range of original ethnographic studies in combination with investigation of the use of the term in language. The chapters examine dimensions of atmosphere through topics of interdisciplinary concern, such as learning and the acquisition of skills, the experience of place, affect and mood, multi-species relations and the perception of weather and environment - whether in natural landscapes, medical and educational settings, homes or creative contexts - Exploring Atmospheres Ethnographically analyses the relational and transformational processes through which people perceive, experience and live in a moving atmospheric world. As such, it will appeal to scholars of anthropology, sociology, geography and cultural studies with interests in space and place, sensory ethnography and affect.

chapter 1|11 pages

Introduction

Thinking through atmospheres
BySara Asu Schroer, Susanne B. Schmitt

chapter 2|18 pages

Hauptschule

Atmospheres of boredom and ruination
ByStefan Wellgraf

chapter 4|16 pages

Vapours in the sphere

Malaria, atmosphere and landscape in wet lands 1 of Agro Pontino, Italy
ByPaolo Gruppuso

chapter 5|15 pages

Senses of being

The atmospheres of listening to birds in Britain, Australia and New Zealand
ByAndrew Whitehouse

chapter 6|13 pages

“A feeling for birds”

Tuning into more-than-human atmospheres
BySara Asu Schroer

chapter 7|13 pages

Making charismatic ecologies

Aquarium atmospheres
BySusanne B. Schmitt

chapter 8|13 pages

Waves of experience

Atmosphere and Leviathan
ByJulia Bee, Gerko Egert

chapter 9|20 pages

From affective encounters to wearable forms

Fashion design pedagogy and the creation of atmosphere
ByTodd E. Nicewonger

chapter 10|18 pages

Living atmospheres

Air, breath, song and mutual constitution in experimental theatre
ByCaroline Gatt

chapter 11|19 pages

The harsh smell of scentless art

On the synaesthetic gesture of hospital atmosphere
ByAnette Stenslund

chapter 12|16 pages

On the dynamic and duration of atmosphere

Sounding out New Phenomenology through music at China’s margins
ByFriedlind Riedel