ABS214 - The dynamics of affectivity in teachers’ talk about their work activity
Paper in a Working Group Roundtable (WGRT)
11:00 AM, Tuesday 29 Aug 2017 (1 hour)
Midday Meal 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (1 hour 30 minutes)
Convention Center - 2000 A - Table C
Our recent studies highlight the role of emotions in human psyche. We attempt to investigate how they become (trans)formed by signification processes through historical and cultural dynamics. This way of conceiving emotions is inspired by Vygotsky, Bakhtin and Wallon’s works, which give us support for considering the problem of historically human(izing) experience of emotions. Working at the interfaces of Psychology and Education, we have focused on some notions that are deeply intertwined in Vygotsky`s theoretical elaborations – cultural development, human psyche, perejhivanie and drama. In this paper, we bring to discussion the issue of emotions related to professional activity in a formal education setting. The empirical material concerns an extract from a recorded meeting in which teachers and researchers analyze, reassess and discuss a research project developed at the public school. Our analytical procedures focus on the participants’ uttering as we intend to show how emotions and feelings can be (or cannot be) put into words and how they affect and constitute personal and professional relationships at the instance of enunciation. From the analysis of empirical material, we discuss how subjects affect and become affected by words and meanings in their inter-relationships; how sense and meaning are produced beyond the individuals’ intentions; how an intricate web of multiple relational subjects’ positions participate in the production of signs and meanings in work relations at school; and we discuss some (im)possibilities of transformation of affects.