[csaa-forum] Affect Theory: Worldings | Tensions | Futures CFP

Cefai,S S.Cefai at lse.ac.uk
Mon Apr 13 18:49:08 ACST 2015

Dear colleagues,

Please see below the CFP for the upcoming conference 'Affect Theory: Wordings | Tensions | Futures'.

Apologies for cross-posting.

Best wishes,


Dr Sarah Cefai
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October 14-17, 2015  Millersville University’s Ware Center, Lancaster PA (USA)

Website: www.affecttheorymu.com<http://www.affecttheorymu.com/>     Twitter: @affectWTF

Confirmed plenary speakers: Ben Anderson, Brian Massumi, Erin Manning, Heather Love, Jasbir Puar, Jason Read, Jeremy Gilbert, Katie Stewart, Lauren Berlant, Lawrence Grossberg, Lisa Blackman, Melissa Gregg, Natasha Dow Schüll, Patricia Clough, Shaka McGlotten, Steven Shaviro, Tavia Nyong’o, and Zizi Papacharissi.

Over the course of the last decade especially, it is safe to say that affect, studies of affect, and theories of affect have steadily risen to prominence within and across a variety of academic disciplines, artistic practices, and research approaches. Not without some amount of controversy and pushback, the relatively rapid movement of affect toward the forefront of critical attention has been opening new paths of intellectual inquiry, reshuffling longstanding debates and conceptual formations, and inspiring imaginative cross-fertilizations of disciplinary and aesthetic genres. Now seems a perfect time to pause and take stock. So, let’s do that.

Gathering together many of the leading and emerging voices that have helped give contour and texture to the contemporary discourses of affect, this three-day conference – with a lively mix of plenaries, selected panel-streams, PhD workshops, and other events – will be devoted to addressing affect from a broad spectrum of vantage points.

Located in and around Millersville University’s downtown Ware Center in Lancaster Pennsylvania, this setting will provide a truly intimate and distinctive opportunity to engage in-depth and at length in discussions about the past, present and future state(s) of affect study. Duke University Press will publish work drawn from this conference in a follow-up volume to the Affect Theory Reader (Gregg & Seigworth, 2010).

CONFERENCE STREAM PROPOSALS have now been solicited and accepted. You will find the nineteen PANEL STREAMS below. For full details and further description, look under ‘submissions/CFP’ at the conference website.

Affect Theory Streams (Stream# in no particular order):

S1 – Psychoanalysis, Affect, Time

S2 -  Black Affect and Minor Feelings

S3 – Affective Capitalism

S4 – Affect & Practices of Power and Resistance in Latin America & the Global South

S5 -  Media / Mediation / Affect

S6 -  Posthuman Affects in 21st Century Feminist Production

S7 – Affect and Its Queer Intersections: Race, Trans*, and Biopolitics

S8 – Affect Theory and Arts-Based Research: The Event of Poiesis

S9 – Affect, Identity, and Resistance within the Neoliberal Academy

S10 – Reading Human Rights & Literature Through Affect: a decolonizing approach

S11 – Ordinary Affect and Everyday Life

S12 – Listening as Worlding: Sound Knowledge and its Translation

S13 – Engaging Religious and Secular Affect

S14 – Art and ‘Urban Textures: The City and Affective Experimentation

S15 – Practising Affect: Exercises, Techniques, Methodologies

S16 – Philosophical Genealogies of Affect

S17 – Affective Ecologies and Everyday Outdoor Encounters

S18 – Feeling Mobilities / Mobile Feelings

S19 – FTW (For the Wayward), or, Islands in the Streams



1)   250-word PAPER ABSTRACTS – oriented to the accepted stream proposals –can now be submitted. ALL PAPERS MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE CONFERENCE WEBSITE at affect-sub at millersville.edu<mailto:affect-sub at millersville.edu>. The final deadline for submissions is MONDAY, MAY 18. To aid with proper routing, PLEASE INCLUDE THE STREAM # and/or NAME OF THE STREAM in the subject-line of your emailed paper submission. The email attachment of your abstract should be in Word or pdf. Abstracts can be single-authored or co-authored.


      For those who pursue affect in ways that might be somewhat less formally academic and more aesthetic/performative/poetic/evocative, we welcome the submission of proposals for performances, art installations, musical pieces, film and video showings, and similarly provocative interventions. Please submit a detailed description of no more than 500 words regarding any such activity – including special requirements for space and some sense of the time-range – to affect-sub at millersville.edu by no later than MONDAY, MAY 18. Make sure to put the words ‘WRECK THE FORMAT’ in your email subject-line if your proposal is intended for this type of presentation. Initial inquiries about the possible inclusion of such work at this conference is encouraged well before the May 18 deadline however.

FINAL PROGRAM: The conference’s program, including any performance-related ‘wreck-the-format’ works and PhD workshops, will be posted to this website by late June or early July. Conference registration for the conference will open at the same time.

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