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On the Emotions: Contemporary Theory Reading Group

on the emotions working group

Organizer: Marianne Noble 



This interdisciplinary group will meet twice a semester to discuss new scholarship in affect theory. Each time we will read one or two short essays from The Affect Theory Reader and discuss how these approaches might affect our research. This group is focused on discovery and exploration, so beginners are welcome. The only prerequisite is interest in the study of the emotions


Spring 2016

Wednesday April 6th, 2016,  5:15 pm. Battelle 228.
Readings:  Works in Progress By Group Members:

Marianne Noble: “Some True Relation”: Hawthorne’s Ideal of Sympathetic Contact”

Ed Comstock, “Rhetorical Flexibility and the Wonderful Reason of Catherine Malabou’s Plasticity”

Wednesday March 2, 2016,  5:15 pm. Battelle 228.
Readings: Chapters 5 and 6 from The Affect Theory Reader:

Ben Highmore, “Bitter After Taste: Affect, Food, and Social Aesthetic”

Lone Bertelsen & Andrew Murphie, “An Ethics of Everyday Infinities and Powers: Felix Guattari on Affect and the Refrain”

Wednesday February 10, 2016, 5:15 pm. Battelle 228.
Readings: Chapters 8 and 12 from The Affect Theory Reader:

Anna Gibbs, “After Affect: Sympathy, Synchrony and Mimetic Communication”

Megan Watkins, “Desiring Recognition, Accumulating Affect”

Fall 2015

November 18, 5:15-7:00 p.m. in Battelle-Tompkins 228
Readings: Chapters 1 and 4 from The Affect Theory Reader:

Sara Ahmed, “Happy Objects”

Lauren Berlant, “Cruel Optimism”

Wednesday October 21, 2015, 5:15pm. Battelle 228.
Readings: Chapters 2 and 3 from The Affect Theory Reader:

Brian Massumi, “The Future Birth of the Affective Fact: The Political Ontology of Threat”

Elspeth Probyn, “Writing Shame”

Interested in joining?
Email Marianne Noble 

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