Affect Studies

  • Founded
    2015
  • Seminar Number
    777

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.


Co-Chairs
Professor Patricia Dailey
pdailey@columbia.edu

Professor Lauren Mancia
laurenmancia@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Rapporteur
Valeria Tsygankova
vt2229@columbia.edu

 

 

Welcome

Meetings

09/29/2016 Seminar Room 1 - Columbia Faculty House
3:00 PM
CONFERENCE -- Between the Lines: Discerning Affect and Emotion in Pre-modern Texts
Keynote Speaker: Fiona Somerset, University of Connecticut
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Notes: http://english.columbia.edu/files/english/content/Columbia_program.pdf

Thursday Sept 29, 2016- Friday Sept 30, 2016: This conference addresses multiple challenges in the study of affect and emotion in the pre-modern period. To what extent can we assume commensurability between contemporary definitions and understandings of affect or emotion and earlier, pre-modern iterations? Can we historicize affect? How do we? Rather than read on the surface in pre-modern works for the expression of emotional states referenced explicitly, for example, “anger” or “joy," might we also read between the lines and find less discursively obvious articulations of affect or emotion? How, for example, do we discern or quantify affect in a culture that might value understatement and reserve? How do we read the absence, or indeed, the extremes of emotional expression or affect in texts?
10/05/2016 Columbia University Faculty House
5:30 PM
"Cloudy Thoughts: Facial Expression and Emotion in Chaucer’s Poetry"
Stephanie Trigg, University of Melbourne
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Notes: We invite anyone who wishes to join us for dinner to stay at Faculty House after the talk. Dinner will begin ~ 7:15pm. The University Seminars Office requires the rapporteur to collect the payment for dinner ($30 per person; checks only). If you would like to attend, please make sure to RSVP to the rapporteur (vt2229@columbia.edu) by Monday of the week before the seminar meeting date. We recommend that you RSVP even if attending the talk only, as rooms are assigned based on the expected number of attendees.
10/19/2016 Columbia University Faculty House
5:30 PM
"Place and Artifact as Technologies of Emotion."
David Morgan, Duke University
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Notes: We invite anyone who wishes to join us for dinner to stay at Faculty House after the talk. Dinner will begin ~ 7:15pm. The University Seminars Office requires the rapporteur to collect the payment for dinner ($30 per person; checks only). If you would like to attend, please make sure to RSVP to the rapporteur (vt2229@columbia.edu) by Monday of the week before the seminar meeting date. We recommend that you RSVP even if attending the talk only, as rooms are assigned based on the expected number of attendees.
11/16/2016 Columbia University Faculty House
5:30 PM
“Feeling emotions when you can’t express them: love between Germans, Jews and other outsiders in the early twentieth century”
Christian Bailey, SUNY Purchase
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Notes: We invite anyone who wishes to join us for dinner to stay at Faculty House after the talk. Dinner will begin ~ 7:15pm. The University Seminars Office requires the rapporteur to collect the payment for dinner ($30 per person; checks only). If you would like to attend, please make sure to RSVP to the rapporteur (vt2229@columbia.edu) by Monday of the week before the seminar meeting date. We recommend that you RSVP even if attending the talk only, as rooms are assigned based on the expected number of attendees.
03/07/2017 Columbia University, Faculty House
4:00 PM
More Humorlessness
Lauren Berlant, University of Chicago
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