CFP: [Ethnic] Affective Aesthetics: Representations of Emotion

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Æffective Æsthetics: Representation of Emotion

Rice Graduate Symposium, September 26-27, 2008
Rice University, Houston, Texas

Affective representation in both artistic and lived experience is
frequently explained in terms of competing social, political, and
cultural systems that often nullify one another. Compounding the problem
is the tendency for affect to complicate how we think about
representation; it seems that the two are inextricable. Through
investigating representations of affect within a variety of fields, this
conference proposes to find inroads that will bring the competing claims
of various discourses together into productive dialogue.

This conference will focus on how certain texts and practicesâ€"religious,
literary, philosophical, scientific, or artisticâ€"transmit and inform our
understanding of historical and contemporary affective experience. We
invite submissions that consider what work is accomplished within the
interstices of affect and representation: through what mechanics do
representations produce affect, and vice-versa; what kinds of tension
arise between affect and representation; and how do all these factors
combine to shape the perceived world of experience.
 Possible paper topics include but are not limited to:

• Social and/or psychic processing of affect.

• History of affect, affective histories, affect in historical

• Science, scientific methodologies, and representations of affect.

• Affect and the production(s) or representations of gender.

• Performativity of affect in film or theater.

• Spectator or audience emotive responses to material
representations or artistic works.

• Technology, media, and affective representations.

• Intercultural exchanges, globalization, (post)colonialism,
nationalism, and affect.

We invite both individual and panel submissions from all disciplines.
Please send abstracts of 250 words or less to
Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in length. Our submission
deadline is May 15, 2008.

Questions? Contact Jayme Yeo, Jill Delsigne, and Josh Kitching at

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