The School of Thinking and Feeling

The Class of Love

2010-11

 
 

Arranged Marriages

Kate Hollett

Head of Class


Johanna Gunther

Resident of Love


Interns of Love


Simon

Feyzan

Linda

Egor

Theodora

Leonie

Judith

Matthias

Andrea

Erika

Michael

Corinna

Lisa-Christin

Madlen

Astrid

Severin

Ann-Kathrin

Jasmin

Janick

Sven

Pia

Jelena

Philipp

Lea

Torsten

Sonja


Sharing Love...

Research Project: Arranged to Wed -  Thea & Torsten


1) Ask question

The question we want to ask us is: “Real” love possible in an arranged marriage? We will analyze if love can possibly exist in an arranged marriage.


2) Background research

In order to understand what an arranged marriage is and why it exists, we will need to gather information/opinions about this topic, how the persons concerned feel about it etc.

Therefore we won’t only use our own conclusion of our experiment, but rather analyzing how the people in “real” arranged marriages might feel. 

We will search in blogs, perhaps there is somebody who is in such a situation and writes his/her experiences about it. However news articles could also give a great overlook over arranged marriage cases, why they are necessary or not, why they exist etc.


3) Construct hypothesis

The hypothesis of our project states real love can be possible in an arranged marriage. (However “real love” could develop in such a marriage; love is already there when they marry, as they fall in love by first sight, or they are educated to “love” their partner immediately. A different reason could be that the participants develop a kind of a “Stockholm-Syndrome”, they are in the same situation and therefore they feel love for each other.)

4) Test with equipment

Besides the collection of information about “real arranged marriages”, we want to test how an arranged marriage “feels”. Therefore we will meet a few times and trying to feel how it is being in such a forced relationship. Another aim is to get to know each other and imagining how it could be to live with this person for the rest of your life, as somebody told you to do so.


5) Analyze result/conclusion

The conclusion will be built on our experiment’s experiences and the information of “real“ arranged marriages. We will analyze arguments for and against if love can be possible in an arranged marriage, and if there are different kinds of “love” that could have led to such a forces relationship (Parental love, love to a different sex, love to a lover…).


6) Hypotheses true/false why..

Through our conclusion, we will be able to falsify or validate our hypothesis and justify why.


7) Report results

We want the audience really to feel and see what we have been experienced. Therefore we want to read vows or a marriage contract to emphasize that the persons concerned can’t chose this partner and are forced to marry him/her.

A further way of presenting, is performing a sketch, how a usual day could look like in such a marriage.