Emotions, Hate, and Interruptive Symbols

Location: Jepson 122
Date: Sat, April 27
Time: 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

This presentation will provide a working definition of interruptive symbology, and then display various visual symbols to the audience to gauge the level of individual interruption. Dialog will ensue regarding sense-making, meaning-making and the call to action (if any) as a result of potential interruption. Audience participants will be part of ongoing research in the phenomenology of interruptive symbols.


The intent of this presentation is to provide participants with an illustration of interruptive symbols, as well as how both emotion and meaning can be derived from and projected onto these mechanisms. This meaning-making is often originated from personal experience, but it is also socially constructed and influenced. This construction often results in biases, prejudice and discrimination, which can lead to hate and even violence. The objective of this talk is to not only discuss interruptive symbols, but also confer how society and its various schemes can shape and influence the messages of these symbols, and the resulting action or inaction of human response and behavior.


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