Capacious: Affect Inquiry/Making Space

deadline for submissions: 
December 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Gregory J. Seigworth, Millersville University

August 08-11, 2018
Millersville University’s Ware Center, Lancaster PA

Modeled on the same ethos of community building, mentorship, and intellectual generosity that guides Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affective Inquiry, this conference will be open to all (students, faculty, non-academics, and others) while emphasizing the crucial role of graduate students and early career researchers in shaping the scholarship in affect study. Like the well-received #affectWTF event of 2015, the three full days of this conference will be largely structured around proposed panel streams. Submissions that tend toward the more un-disciplined, evocative / provocative, and aesthetically-oriented (what we are calling 'interstices') are also encouraged.

Confirmed spotlights include Phanuel Antwi, Casey Boyle, Caitlin Bruce, Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, Dana Luciano, Carolyn Pedwell, Jenny Rice, Donovan Schaefer, Eliza Steinbock, Marie Thompson, Michelle Wright, Julie Wilson, and Emily Chivers Yochim.

We encourage direct participation in the creation and flow of our conference’s conversations through the submission of stream proposals. Stream proposals should be no more than 500 words in length and must be submitted to no later than Friday, December 15, 2017. Acceptance or rejection of stream proposals will be communicated within four weeks of the deadline for submissions. A stream proposal is a single-person (or duo-proposed) submission that identifies and expands upon a specific theme related to the study of affect. Special consideration will be given to those stream proposals that address some capacious aspect of ‘making space’ (in whatever sense you chose to take it) for the study of affect. The issues and engagements that serve as a stream’s central concerns should be clearly framed and conceived in a way that encourages—as much as possible—potential participation from various disciplines. The stream proposal should include a list of possible topics and sub-topics that would fit within its overall framework. Please see example stream proposals (accepted for the 2015 AffectWTF conference). 

Accepted proposals (whereupon stream proposers become stream organizers) will then be posted to the conference website on January 15, 2018 and a CFP for paper abstracts targeted to individual streams will be solicited. Final deadline for paper submission to streams is March 15, 2018. Ideally, streams would receive more than enough paper abstracts to become two or three conference panels of four to five panelists each. Selection of the papers and number of panels per stream will be coordinated between the core conference committee and the stream organizers (ultimately all final decisions rest with the core committee).