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EMOTIONAL CONTROL: AFFECT, IDEOLOGY AND CHILDREN’S TEXTS
full name / name of organization:
Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research (ACLAR)
Waterfront Campus, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Over the past two decades, studies of affect and emotion have expanded beyond the field of psychology and been embraced by disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Theorists of affect are concerned with the ways embodied forms of knowing and feeling interconnect with the aesthetic, ethical and ideological, including their effect on texts. According to Grossberg (1992), ‘affect is the missing term in an adequate understanding of ideology’. The 2014 ACLAR conference explores affect and emotion, with a particular emphasis on how theories of emotion and affect might extend research on the ideological agendas encoded in texts for children and young adults.
Abstracts that address the conference theme are welcome and the full range of children’s texts and media may be examined. Papers may engage with, but are not limited to, the following topics:
Affecting fictions: How do emotion and affect position readers or audiences to subscribe to the ideology of a text?
Sense and sensibility: Are emotions universal or constructed?
Feeling and self: What roles do affect and emotion play in the representation of gender, race, indigeneity, class, LGBT, disability, nationality, religion, etc?
Emotional socialization: How do children’s texts mobilize affect to educate and acculturate readers and audiences to respond to the life experiences and the life politics of their world?
Abstracts of no more than 300 words are due by January 31, 2014.
Abstracts should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about ACLAR is available at: http://www.aclar.org