All times are Oslo time (CEST).

8:45–9:10 Gathering, coffee
9:10–9:25 Opening remarks by Masha Esipova
Session 1
9:30–10:20 Raphaela Heesen (Durham University)
Strategic use of emotional signals in bonobos increases bystander empathy
abstract Tactical emotion communication has long been considered unique feature of human communication. As a species, we readily exaggerate, inhibit and modify emotional expressions according to social context and audience. Notably, emitting emotional displays, such as those pertaining to distress states, can evoke empathic responses in others such as the offering of consolation to victims after a fight. Animal emotion expressions, by contrast, are traditionally viewed as uncontrollable arousal responses. Our study challenges this view by assessing the level of control in the emotional signalling of sanctuary-living bonobo victims following aggressive attacks (N = 27 victims, N = 144 attacks) and its and its corresponding effect on receivers. Results show that the production of paedomorphic signals by adult bonobo victims increased chances of receiving consolation from bystanders and reduced risk of future aggression from former opponents, highlighting a strategic function. Victim signalling also increased with audience size, yet strategies differed by age: immature bonobos were more likely to cease signalling in proximity of close-social partners, whereas adults were more likely to cease signalling only after having been consoled. These data suggest that bonobo emotion communication has a developmental trajectory and that tactical emotion signalling is a Pan-human capacity, preceding the split of Homo.
10:25–11:15 Victor Carranza Pinedo (École Normale Supérieure and University of Milan)
The indexical view of affective expressivity
abstract Research on affective meaning has produced models that integrate the affective aspects of curse words such as 'damn' in a compositional framework (e.g., Potts 2005, 2007). However, there is extensive evidence that curse words cannot be assigned a single or stable affective interpretation across contexts (Jay 2000, McCready 2012). For instance, even though expletive adjectives (e.g.,'damn'), particularistic insults (e.g., 'bastard') and slurs (e.g., 'faggot') typically express (and elicit) negatively valenced affective states, they can also be interpreted positively in some contexts. Thus, inspired on recent developments in formal sociolinguistics (Burnett 2017, 2019), I propose a indexical approach to affective meaning. Under this approach, an affective expression is associated with a set of affective qualities, anyone of which may emerge at a given contexts depending on the interpreter's prior assumptions about the speaker's affective predispositions. In other terms, I will defend the idea that affective expressions, and in particular curse words, are interpreted depending on the expression's stereotypical interpretation and what is assumed about the speaker's affective predispositions at a given context.
11:15–11:30 Break
Session 2
11:30–12:20 Lea Allouche (University of Oslo)
Performativity and Referentiality in Multilingual Poetry
abstract Danish poet Shadi Angelina Bazeghi writes in more than six different languages in her activist poetry collection Flowmatic (2020). While some of these languages will be immediately understandable or at least recognizable to Danish readers, such as Danish, English, German and Swedish, others, such as transcribed Persian and Arabic, will not. Yet, if most readers do not understand Persian and Arabic, what do these languages do in the poem? In my talk I will consider what functions of referentiality and performativity are at work when the reader is confronted with text in Persian or Arabic in Flowmatic. In the strictest sense, these parts of the poem become nonsensical, however, they could be thought of as a provocative way of addressing and engaging the reader in ways that transgress meaning as referentiality.
12:25–12:55 Poster lightning talks
Session 3
13:00–13:30 Lunch begins
13:30–14:30 Lunch continues + poster session
14:30–14:45 Break
Session 4
14:45–15:35 Jonna Vuoskoski (University of Oslo)
From compassion to being moved: Social emotions evoked by music
abstract Music is an inherently social phenomenon. Even when we listen to music in solitude, social cognitive processes play an important role in shaping our perception and experience. One example of such a process is the feeling of 'being moved'—a powerful, rewarding experience often accompanied by chills, tears, and a sense of connection. Building on empirical evidence from my recent work, I will argue that experiences of 'being moved' in the context of music listening are inherently social responses. I will demonstrate that feelings of being moved are closely related to empathic personality traits and feelings of compassion, and they mediate the enjoyment of music-induced sadness. I will also argue that feeling moved by music is associated with appraisals or experiences of closeness or affiliation.
15:40–16:30 Jonathan Ginzburg (Université Paris-Diderot), joint work with Mihaela Popa-Wyatt (University of Manchester)
Slurs and conversational structure
abstract The talk considers how an unpleasantly hostile environment can be created by either words or laughter and how to represent this semantically and in its effects on interlocutor's cognitive states. In particular, we also consider how long-term effects beyond a specific conversation persist and how harmful social norms emerge/change as a result.
Poster presentations
Kathryn Barnes
Iconic performances: The combined meaning contributions of ideophones and gestures (abstract)
Montreal Benesch
/s/tylizing the /s/elf: A First Look into the Concurrent Fluidity of Gender and Language (abstract)
Valentina Colasanti, Clara Cuonzo
Gestural focus marking (abstract)
Vicky J. Fisher
Spatial and dynamic exaggeration as expressive markers in gestural-based choreographic practices (abstract)
Yan Jia
How to Do Identity with the Words of Clothing: Language, Performativity, and (Hanfu) Identities (abstract)
Michał B. Paradowski, Marta Gawinkowska
What's in a swearword? Translation alters offensiveness in non-trivial ways (abstract)
Kate Hazel Stanton
Deficiency-Marking Air Quotes as Expressive Privatives (abstract)
John David Storment
Emojis as Lexical Items: the Case of 🥺 (abstract)