Memory, Affects And Emotions - International Interdisciplinary Conference

Країна: Польща

Місто: Gdansk

Тези до: 20.09.2018

Дати: 22.10.18 — 23.10.18

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Організатори: InMind Support (Poland), University of Gdansk (Poland), Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Colombia)


Affects, emotions and perceptions have always been at the center of philosophical discussion. Yet the so called “Affective turn” in social studies and humanities is relatively a new phenomenon inspired by Deleuze and Guattari´s influential works among others. Affective turn challenges the still dominant representational approach in semiotics, discourse analysis and text analyses of all kind. Its goal is to overcome human exceptionalism together with the domination of the word-based language over the other forms of expression in the process of creating meaning and knowledge altogether. Brian Massumi in The Politics of Affect (2015) defines affect as “being right where you are – more intensely” based on the bodily experiences of the relations with the world. He compares affect with hope that can motivate one´s contribution to formation of a just and more inclusive society, the urgent transformation that has to start with the changes in ontology.

The aim of the present conference is to create an academically challenging and productive space for discussion of affect based research practices throughout disciplines. We are particularly interested in exploring the potential of affective turn in the memory studies. As an interdisciplinary conference, we consider it important to discuss possible differences and similarities in the definitions of the affects as well as in the approaches to their studies and their application in research practice. We encourage researchers from various academic fields to join the discussion: anthropology, history, psychology, psychoanalysis, psychiatry, sociology, politics, philosophy, economics, law, memory studies, consciousness studies, literary studies, theatre studies, film studies, migration studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, medical sciences, cognitive sciences and urban studies, to name but a few. We also welcome performative forms of the conference presentations among other more traditional forms.


            We will be happy to hear from both experienced scholars and young academics at the start of their careers, as well as doctoral and graduate students. We also invite all persons interested in participating in the conference as listeners, without giving a presentation.


     The topics for the conference include but are not limited to the following suggestions:


    Affects, emotions and memory

    Corporal experiences in the memory studies

    Materiality of memory

    New materialist and feminist approach to memory studies

    Corporeal experiences of everyday life

     Affects and health

    Affects, consciousness and dreams

    Affects, emotions and trauma

    Creativity as corporeal experience

    Affects and crime

    Affective turn in the discourse studies

    Emotions and political thought

    Affective turn in visual analysis

    Affects in literature

    Affects in film

    Theatre as emotion and bodily practice

    Affects and embodiment in science


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