Affect Studies

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This seminar seeks to bring together scholars in the fields and subfields that have been touched by a growing interest in emotional or affective experience, whether understood as embodied or incorporeal, emotional or impersonal, quantifiable or escaping measurement. This inter/multidisciplinary seminar on affect will incorporate a wide range of approaches and topics across disciplines and periods. We aim to provide a forum for a discussion of affect in the arts, sciences, history, psychology, philosophy, ecology, queer/feminist studies and social theory, among others, as well as a means to historicize how affect and emotion have served in religious, social, and political contexts in different periods and locales, from Antiquity to contemporary life. We feel that fostering interdisciplinary exchange on the question of affect is vital for understanding the many valences of affect studies’ vocabulary and concerns.

Professor Patricia Dailey

Professor Lauren Mancia

Valeria Tsygankova





09/25/2017 754 Schermerhorn Extension, Columbia University
12:00 PM
Melting Flowers: Reading Lyric and Telling the Time of Day by the Light of the Anthropocene
Anne-Lise Francois, University of California, Berkeley

10/16/2017 754 Schermerhorn Extension, Columbia University
12:00 PM
Affective Economies
Sara Ahmed, Independent Scholar

04/05/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:00 PM
The History of Emotions
Ute Frevert, Center for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development

04/16/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM
Revolution, Overdetermination, and the Emotions of a Citizen-soldier
Thomas W. Dodman, Columbia University