[URBANTH-L]Fwd: AAA-CFP - “Spatialities of Movement and Sensation”

Ana Vivaldi zipolite at interchange.ubc.ca
Thu Mar 5 13:28:34 EST 2009

CFP – AAA 2009

Session: “Spatialities of Movement and Sensation”

 Organizers: Bonar Buffam, Sandra Youssef , Ana Vivaldi (University of
British Columbia)


In recent years cultural theorists, including Brian Massumi, William
Connelly and Eve Sedgwick, have sought to (re)introduce change and
transformation into cultural theory by foregrounding the effectivity of
movement, sensation, matter and affect. Bypassing belaboured analytical
oppositions between discourse and habit, rationality and emotion, and
structure and agency, theories of affect in particular have forced social
scientists to rethink the substance(s) of culture, sociality and social

In this panel presenters will explore how affects, sensations and
perceptions are transmitted and circulated through different textualities,
technologies, movements, bodies, knowledges and spatialities. Having
recently condensed a wide array of interests in the social sciences, the
concept of affect is not tied or anchored to any one definition. In this
panel presenters can explore the critical and analytical possibilities
offered by different approaches to affect as well as  discuss ways of
‘approaching’ affect through ethnography.  If the discursive turn has
offered social scientists analytical possibilities as well as specific
tools, we expect to discuss the means for what exceeds codification as well
as that which cannot be grasped through a semiotic analysis.

If in social sciences the discursive turn has offered analytical
possibilities as well as specific tools, we expect to discuss what are the
means for approaching what exceeds codification and cannot be grasped
through a semiotic analysis.

We encourage papers that present explorations on the questions of: What
affects are mobilized through and composed of states of fear, euphoria
and/or apathy? How are affects transformed as they circulate? What bodies,
places, institutions are connected and assembled through the circulation of
affects? What ‘intensive events’ emerge and disperse in this circulation of
affect? How can we rethink politics through affect? How can we reconsider
the limits of the human by thinking in assemblages of affect, movement and
sensation? How are movement and sensation transformative mediations of

This panel welcomes a wide range of approaches from explorations of shifting
urban spatialities, to the role of media as a generator of affects, and to
the emergence of social multiplicities.

 Please forward expressions of interest or abstracts (of 250 words max) to
Ana Vivaldi at zipolite at interchange.ubc.ca by March 27.

 Note: This panel will be presented as a Volunteered Session. The dead line
for the final session submission will be April 1st. For further information
please refer to http://www.aaanet.org

Ana Vivaldi
PhD Candidate - Anthropology
University of British Columbia
zipolite at interchange.ubc.ca

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