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Public Emotions: Affective Collectivity in Audiences

3rd International Conference of the CRC 1171 "Affective Societies", May 3-5, 2018

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Political speeches, theatre performances, television shows, Facebook entries, music concerts, sports events, Instagram posts, religious ceremonies, court trials – these heterogeneous and in many aspects incomparable social and cultural phenomena have one thing in common: they address, require and constitute audiences. The conference “Public Emotions. Affective Collectivity in Audiences” discusses contemporary forms and activities of audiences and explores their changing roles in today’s mobile, mediatized and networked societies. As audiences are a collective phenomenon, the conference highlights collective forms of actions and emotions, and their entanglement. Our special attention is drawn to the specific agency of audiences, and to the role of affects and emotions in audiences – especially within forms of affective collectivity.

Welcome and Introduction & Plenary Discussion [in German]

Und was macht das Publikum?
Podiumsdiskussion zu Affektivität und Aktivität von Präsenzpublika im Sport und im Theater

The Paradox of the Spectator in Performances of SIGNA

Doris Kolesch / Theresa Schütz

Communities of Violence? Opera Riots in Victorian Britain

Sven Oliver Müller

Energetic Transmissions, Energetic Transformations: Sport, Literature, and Affective Audiences in the 1920s

Michael Gamper

From Audience Aggression to Participatory Destruction in 3 Easy Steps

Kai van Eikels

Three Questions about Affect and a (possibly unrelated) Case Study

Helena Flam

"Reaching Out to the Rest of the World" - Affective Media Witnessing in Egypt 2011

Kerstin Schankweiler

From Audiences to Publics: Affective Media Practices between the Local and the Global

Margreth Lünenborg / Tanja Maier

Affective Transference and the Problem of Multiple Publics: What is the Audience for Transitional Justice?

Jonas Bens