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 Thomas Dodman

Professor Lauren Mancia

Valeria Tsygankova





09/24/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM
Passion and Danger in the Age of Trump
Deborah Gould, University of California, Santa Cruz

10/25/2018 Heyman Center, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Talisman-images gather the cosmos and press it to your body
Laura Marks, Simon Fraser University and Harvard University

11/14/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM
Affect@Collectivity, or The Other Side of Hope
Claudia Berger, Columbia University

03/29/2019 Maison Francaise, Columbia University
2:00 PM
Feeling for History
Rob Boddice, McGill University and Freie Universitat Berlin