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Affect and domination in flux [ENPA] 
Yang Yang (Nanjing University)
Kayla Rush (Dublin City University)
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Thomas Stodulka (Freie Universität Berlin)
Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 03/005
Thursday 28 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel examines the symbiotic, dynamic relationship between affect and domination in diverse contexts, with a particular emphasis on change and motion - on how the relationship between domination and affect shifts due to social and cultural factors.

Long Abstract:

Hopes and fears are periodically amplified and intensified, as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic seems to sustain itself through its newest and strongest variants of the virus. If we view the pandemic as domination, this biological metaphor is striking in terms of the symbiotic, dynamic relationship between affect and social, cultural, and political domination: the particular forms of affect and domination are in flux, but the correlation between affect and domination is strong, as demonstrated by, for example, Sara Ahmed, Yael Navaro-Yashin, and Ulla Berg and Ana Ramos-Zayas. In this panel, we understand 'domination' broadly and intersectionally, and we welcome papers examining the dynamic interplay of affect and domination as it relates to relationships among individuals; between people, places, and environments; between humans, non-humans, and material objects; and between individual and state actors.

Examples might include the dominated affect observed when UK artists activate their enduring mechanisms under conditions of marginalisation, fierce competition, hierarchy, exploitation, and social inequality; or the complex interplay of hopefulness, resignation, voice, and relative lack of political agency when Irish young people discuss climate change. We invite contributions exploring the following questions:

1) How and where does the dynamic relationship between affect and domination manifest itself?

2) What are the limits of terms such as 'resilience' and 'resistance' in explaining contemporary perseverance and protracted struggles in the face of domination?

3) How are individuals, groups, and protest movements harnessing the language and performativity of affect to address pressing social, political, and public health questions?

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 28 July, 2022, -