University of Oviedo; AUDEM; Espora; and ATGENDER
Venue: University of Oviedo, Gijón, Asturias, Spain
Proposals by: 11.01.2019
- Keynote Speakers: Shirley-Anne Tate (Leeds Beckett Univ.) and María Socorro Suárez-Lafuente (Univ. of Oviedo)
The 2019 edition of the ATGENDER Spring Conference is dedicated to emotions, feelings and affects. Over the recent decades the impact of the „affective turn“ has reached well beyond humanities (Ahmed 2004, Berlant 2000; Damasio 1994, Ekman 2012, Massumi 1995). In the mid-1990s claims were made about the importance of return of emotions into the (feminist) research agenda, where the ‚affective‘ had been arguably suppressed by „theory“.
Among others, Elspeth Probyn underlines how „[o]ur talk of feelings is vacuous revealing a void in our comprehension of the ways bodies are supposed to make meaning“ (2004: 225). Feminist and gender studies open up a range of possibilities to both tackle emotions from various perspectives an d to rupture the logic of binary thinking (Derrida 1978). The focus on emotions, feelings and affects opens intersectional feminist studies to multitudinous bodies with all their diversity. Interrogating feminist theories and practices by posing questions such as: ‚what potentialities (but also risks) can studies of affect offer for political and social transformation?‘… read more (Web).