• Fielding Affect: Some Propositions

    Author(s):
    Andrew Murphie (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Subject(s):
    Affect, Theories of affect
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    affect theory, affect studies
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/kxn7-at10
    Abstract:
    Capacious has wisely positioned itself as a journal for “emerging affect inquiry . . . across any and all academic disciplines”1. Yet elsewhere we find something like an attempt to coalesce—occasionally even to delimit and police—a field of study. There is now—tentatively, at times argumentatively—something we call affect studies, or perhaps as often affect theory. How can the tensions involved, between disciplinary requirements and “emerging affect inquiry,” be thought? Is a field of study, however it might be formed, a good fit for work with affect? On the other hand, would such a field of study have any future, when “categories traditionally assigned to the arts, the humanities, and the sciences are now colliding, collapsing, and converging in manners that are confusing, complex, and incoherent” (Butler 2018)? Further, what relation does all of this have to a world in which “soils and trees are not only grounds for education but figures of education” (Butler 2018, n.p.).
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