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The Affect Project

The Affect Project

How should the relation between affect and methods of interpretation be theorized? To what degree is that relation discipline specific—and to what degree, by contrast, can it be generalized? What sorts of scholarly production are enabled or disabled by different answers to these questions? Despite the intense theoretical and philosophical scrutiny to which affect as a new term of interest has been subjected over the last decade, there remains considerable disagreement and even confusion over a few fundamental issues.  What is the difference between affect studies and the methods of psychoanalysis?  Is affect located in the body, the psyche, or cultural discourse at large? What is the overlap and/or difference between affect, feelings, and emotions?  The recent prominence of the term in both the humanities and the cognitive sciences generates an interesting object of study that the group will  explore.

Our activities will include: 1) an exchange of scholarly work, including the opportunity for graduate students to share their work-in-progress with the group; 2) discussion of recent published work in affect studies; 3) a seminar led by an invited scholar from outside the GTA (1 guest scholar per term); 4) a planning session for possible hosting of an affect studies symposium during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Dana Seitler, UTSG English

Faculty Members at the University of Toronto
Alex Hernandez, UTSG English
Patrick Keilty, Faculty of Information
Victoria Wohl, UTSG Classics
Daniel Wright, UTM English & Drama

Faculty Members outside the University of Toronto
Audrey Anable, Media Studies, Carleton University

Graduate Students at the University of Toronto
Alex Eastwood, English
Margeaux Feldman, English
Brad Hald, Classics
Prathna Lor, English
David Seitz, Geology
Fan Wu, Comparative Literature

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