CfA: Feminist Critical Analysis-Feminism’s Affective Objects (Postgraduate course, Dubrovnik, 05/2014); DL: 20.01.2014

Center for Gender and Politics of the Belgrade Univ.; Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers, State Univ. of New Jersey; Program in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Washington Univ. in St Louis

Venue: Inter-University Center (IUC), Dubrovnik
Time: May 26th to May30th, 2014
Deadline for applications is January 20th, 2014

Contemporary theoretical shifts toward affect emerged as a critique of post structuralism’s failure to accommodate or even recognize those central facts about human experience that “cannot be translated into words without doing violence” (Anna Gibbs), such as: „a body’s capacity to affect and to be affected“ (Gregory Seigworth & Melissa Gregg). Following the line of this epistemological turn away from language, we invite different interpretations of affect and seek interdisciplinary approaches that examine connections between affect and feminist politics. We are interested in examining the relation between meaning and sense, representation and event, perception and experience, capital and objects of emotions, in order to try and answer the question about whether a focus on affect, not only as a force manifested on a personal level (as emotion), but as an impersonal intensity „of what the human shares with everything it is not“ (Brian Massumi), can lead to reexamination of our views on feminist theory and politics. If feminism’s „killjoy“ capacity exposes „the bad feelings that get hidden, displaced, or negated under public signs of joy“(Sara Ahmed), what are the dangers of turning the politics of happiness into a politics of anger, as Ahmed suggests? What are the „affective objects“ that feminism is directed to? If affect is a force created between different bodies, is there a need for a renewed embodiment of feminist politics?

We encourage active participation and debate that will bring together disciplines from across the humanities, social sciences, art, political theory, cultural studies, philosophy, etc.

In 2014, the annual course Feminist Critical Analysis will examine these more recent theoretical moves and consider their consequences for feminist scholarship and activism.

The course will be held at the Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik ( from May 26th to May 30th (2014).

The course is co-directed by Professor Dasa Duhacek, University of Belgrade, Professor Ethel Brooks, Rutgers University and Distinguished Professor Linda Nicholson, Washington University.

The course is built on the intellectual dialogue among a diverse body of scholars from different geographical locations and the participating faculty is drawn from different universities.


IUC courses are conducted at a postgraduate level. Candidates with a graduate degree and/or current postgraduate students interested in the topic may apply for participation.
There is no course fee. However, participants are expected to cover their own expenses of travel and accommodation. While the organizing institutions are not in the position to offer any financial assistance, we can refer you to the Inter-University Center in Dubrovnik, which has a small number of scholarships available for applicants from Central and Eastern Europe. For conditions and eligibility for IUC scholarships, please consult the IUC website: For those who are not eligible, we suggest that you seek funds from your home institution.

All meetings are conducted in English.


A short narrative (up to 250 words) explaining your interest in the topic and your CV with your current complete contact information should be submitted by e-mail;

Final deadline for applications is January 20th, 2014.

Please send your applications to the Center for Gender and Politics University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Sciences, at with Dubrovnik 2014 in the subject line (attn: Nenad Knezevic and Milica Mirazic).


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