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A Series of Lectures and Discussions
Things that Move Us: Affect and Authority

Design: Stefanie Wüster-Bludau

Concept and co-ordination: Prof. Dr. Robin Curtis and Dr. Bettina Papenburg, Institute for Media and Cultural Studies, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf,

Summer Semester 2016, Haus der Universität, Schadowplatz 14, lectures begin at 4:30 p.m.

Affect – a palpable intensity, the atmosphere in a room – is transmitted between people, below the threshold of conscious perception, manifesting as bodily tension and relaxation. Affect is involuntary, non-conscious, contagious, and to a certain degree automatic. Affect’s political potential has been investigated with renewed intensity from gender and queer studies perspectives in the previous fifteen years. Scholars working along these lines focus particularly on negative affects such as shame, fear, outrage, depression and failure, asking the question: how can negative affects be (made) productive? They consider the enabling moments produced by choosing not to turn away from these affects, critically investigate their societal causes, and explore the creative employment of these intensities. These foci of investigation speak to the broader question: how can affects facilitate a thinking process? The lectures in this series address this question by exploring how affects are transmitted and negotiated in media cultures, how they enter scholarly practice, and what is the relation between scholarly authority and affect.

April 27 - Losing My Cool: An Effective Research Strategy

Prof. Dr. Laura U. Marks, Grant Strate University Professor, School for the Contemporary Arts,

Simon Fraser University

May 11 - Popular Culture, Regulation, and the Coagulation of New Sexual Categories

Dr. Laura Horak, Assistant Professor of Film Studies, Carleton University

May 25 - Stillness En Route: Photographs of Refugees

Dr. Marta Zarzycka, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies and Photography Studies, Utrecht University

June 8 - Playing with Sex: Aesthetics of Intimacy in 1960s Swedish and Finnish New Wave


Prof. Dr. Anu Koivunen, Professor of Cinema Studies, Stockholm University

June 22 - Trigger Warnings and Transformative Affect: (Auto)Ethnographical Encounters

with Disturbing Media Content

Dr. Katariina Kyrölä, University Lecturer, University of Turku

July 6 - Swooning at (the) Cinema: Affective Gestures across Time and Space in

Todd Haynes's Carol (2016)

Prof. Dr. Jennifer M. Barker, Associate Professor, Moving Image Studies Program, Georgia State University

July 20 - Cute 21st-Century Post-Fem-Bots

Dr. Julia Leyda, Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam

Funded by the Lehrförderungsfonds of the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf.


Kategorie/n: Fakultät Schlagzeile, Medien- u. Kulturwissensch.