Affect Theory Reading Group





This group is organized around a series of meetings focused on exploring Affect Theory. Meetings alternate between a larger reading group and a core study group. Each participant is responsible for sharing reading responses to raise questions and help guide discussions during the meetings. 


List of Readings

  • Seigworth & Gregg “An Inventory of Shimmers” (intro to Affect Theory Reader)
  • Massumi, Brian. (2002). “Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation.” Introduction + Chapter 1: The Autonomy of Affect
  • Manning, Erin. (2013). “Always more than one: individuation's dance” Duke University Press. Chapters: 1 (Toward a Leaky Sense of Self) and 2 (Always More Than One)
  •  Sara Ahmed’s “The Cultural Politics of Emotions,” 
  • Berlant, Lauren. “Compassion (and Withholding)” in Lauren Berlant, ed., 1-14. Compassion: The Culture and Politics of an Emotion. NY: Routledge, 2004.
  •  Butler, Judith. “Preface” and “Violence, Mourning, Politics” Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence. London; New York: Verso, 2003.
  •  Butler. “Rethinking Vulnerability and Resistance” in the new anthology “Vulnerability and Resistance”
  •  Del Rio, Elena. Deleuze and the cinemas of performance: Powers of affection. Edinburgh University Press, 2008.
  • Shaviro, Steven. Post cinematic affect. John Hunt Publishing, 2010. (70 pages)
  • Ben Anderson. Becoming and Being Hopeful: towards a theory of affect. Society and Space, 24 (2006) 733-752
  • Deleuze, Gilles. “On the Difference between the Ethics and a Morality,” (pp. 17- 29) and “Index of the Main Concepts of the Ethics” (pp. 44-60) in Spinoza: A Practical Philosophy. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1988.
  • Woodward, Kathleen. “Calculating Compassion,” in Compassion: The Culture and Politics of an Emotion. Lauren Berlant, ed., 15-28. NY: Routledge, 2004.
  •  Lauren Berlant (2000) “The Subject of True Feeling: Pain, Privacy and Politics” In Sara Ahmed et al(eds). Transformations: Thinking through Feminism(33-47). London: Routledge.
  • Collins, Randall. “Social Movements and the Focus of Emotional Attention,” in Jeff Goodwin, James M. Jasper, and Francesca Polletta, eds.Passionate Politics: Emotions and Social Movements. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001, pp. 27-44.Teresa
  • Brennan’s “Interpreting the Flesh” (in The Transmission of Affect)
  • Wynn, Jonathan R. (2007). “Haunting Orpheus: Problems of Space and Time in the Desert” in The Affective Turn: Theorizing the Social. Patricia T. Clough (Ed.). Duke University Press. 2007
  •  Jonas Fritsch and Thomas Markussen. (2012). “Exploring affect in interaction design, interaction-based art and digital art.” Fibrecultre Journal 18
  • Jonas Fritsch. (2009) Understanding Affective Engagement as a Resource in Interaction Design. Engaging Artifacts 2009 Oslo
  • Knudsen, Britta Timm and Carsten Stage. (2015) “Affective Methodologies; Developing Cultural Research Strategies for the Study of Affect.” Palgrave Macmillan
  •  Brian Massumi. The Thinking-Feeling of What Happens: Putting the Radical Back in Empiricism In Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 2011
  • Böhme, Gernot. (1993). “Atmosphere as the Fundamental Concept of a New Aesthetics.” Thesis Eleven 1993; 36; 113
  • Edwards, Elizabeth. "Anthropology and Photography: A long history of knowledge and    affect." Photographies 8, no. 3 (2015): 235-252.
  •  Brown, Elspeth H., and Thy Phu, eds. Feeling photography. Duke University Press, 2014.
  •  Behar, Ruth. The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart. Boston: Beacon Press, 1996.
  • Gordon, Avery. Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997.
  • Kathleen Stewart’s “Ordinary Affects.”

Participating Members