[csaa-forum] Launch of The Affect Theory Reader

Melissa Gregg mgregg at usyd.edu.au
Mon Nov 15 10:29:44 CST 2010

All CSAA people are warmly invited to come and celebrate:
Wednesday, December 01, 2010 / 6.00 for 6.30pmLaunch
Melissa Gregg and Gregory J. Seigworth (eds)
The Affect Theory reader

Published by: Duke University press

To be launched by Katherine Gibson

Venue: gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
Cost: Free
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Buy The Affect Theory reader: http://www.gleebooks.com.au/9780822347767

This field-defining collection consolidates and builds momentum in the
burgeoning area of affect studies. The contributors include many of the
central theorists of affect‹those visceral forces beneath, alongside, or
generally other than conscious knowing that can serve to drive us toward
movement, thought, and ever-changing forms of relation. As Lauren Berlant
explores ³cruel optimism,² Brian Massumi theorizes the affective logic of
public threat, and Elspeth Probyn examines shame, they, along with the other
contributors, show how an awareness of affect is opening up exciting new
insights in disciplines from anthropology, cultural studies, geography, and
psychology to philosophy, queer studies, and sociology. In essays diverse in
subject matter, style, and perspective, the contributors demonstrate how
affect theory illuminates the intertwined realms of the aesthetic, the
ethical, and the political as they play out across bodies (human and
non-human) in both mundane and extraordinary ways. They reveal the broad
theoretical possibilities opened by an awareness of affect as they reflect
on topics including ethics, food, public morale, glamor, snark in the
workplace, and mental health regimes. The Affect Theory Reader includes an
interview with the cultural theorist Lawrence Grossberg and an afterword by
the anthropologist Kathleen Stewart. In the introduction, the editors
suggest ways of defining affect, trace the concept's history, and highlight
the role of affect theory in various areas of study.

Melissa Gregg works in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the
University of Sydney in Australia. She is the author of Cultural Studies'
Affective Voices and the forthcoming Work¹s Intimacy.

Gregory J. Seigworth is a professor in communication and theater at
Millersville University in Pennsylvania.
Katherine Gibson is Professorial Fellow, Centre for Citizenship and Public
Policy, University of Western Sydney Bankstown Campus.

Dr Melissa Gregg

Department of Gender and Cultural Studies
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry
Quadrangle Building A14
University of Sydney NSW 2006

p + 61 2 9351 3657 | m + 61 408 599 359 | e mel.gregg at usyd.edu.au
<mailto:mel.gregg at usyd.edu.au>


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