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Public Spheres of Resonance: Constellations of Affect and Language

2nd International Conference of the CRC 1171 "Affective Societies", April 27-29, 2017

Recent years have witnessed substantial transformations and multiplications of the public sphere that are driven by processes of transnationalization, migration, and digitalization and in turn significantly fuel social and political change. Public Spheres continue to be the most important spaces where these processes and changes and their implications for social coexistence, belonging, and solidarity are debated and negotiated by various actors. Traditional views have portrayed the public sphere as a locus of language-based communicative rationality, deliberation, and the exchange of different views and arguments. The international conference Public Spheres of Resonance: Constellations of Affect and Language will question these normative conceptions and proposes to conceive of contemporary public spheres as often fragmented spaces of affective resonance that emerge from the power of language to affect and to ascribe and instill collective emotion.

Keynote Lecture (in German): Es ist die Sprache, stupid! Affekt im öffentlichen Diskurs

Kathrin Röggla

Not Knowing What Is To Be Done (in 17 affective registers)

Deborah Gould

The affective dynamics of political mobilization on and beyond the squares

Bilgin Ayata, Cilja Harders

Trading Discursive for Affective Power at the Digital Square

Athina Karatzogianni

Resonant networks

Susanna Paasonen

German 'Sprechtheater' and the Transformation of Theatrical Public Spheres

Matthias Warstat, Friederike Oberkrome, Hans Roth

The Alphabet of Feeling Bad: Environmental Installation Arts and Sensory Publics

Ann Cvetkovich

Put A Spell on You: Affect, Language and the Non-Linguistic

Anna Gibbs

Poetic and abject expressions of political enthusiasm

Britta Timm Knudsen

Reading for Affect: The Religious-Secular Divide

Christian von Scheve, Anna-Lea Berg, Robert Walter-Jochum, Yasemin Ural

Public Spheres of Dissonance: Affect, Heteroglossia and the Monolingual Paradigm

Anne Fleig, Marion Acker, Matthias Lüthjohann

Affect(ive) Assemblages: Making Literary Worlds

Claudia Breger

Theory’s Affective Scene: Or, What to Do with Language after Affect

Michael Eng