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Affective Economies and Audiovisual Media

The working group “Affective economies and audiovisual media” analyses essential research questions of the CRC in order to clarify and develop them further. We assume that audiovisual media plays a central role in affective exchange processes within social constructs. We therefore attempt to closer define affective dynamics actualised in audiovisual media settings. How do media operate in processes of cultural self-reflection? How are feelings of commonality, belonging and separation formed, and how do they change? How is the circulation of media formats connected to the affective mobilization and modulation of such feelings? How do these transactions relate to the corporeality of individuals? These questions require an approach that allows us to map the macro perspective of social change onto the micro perspective of concrete events of affecting and being affected (Affizierungsgeschehen). The working group aims to develop such an approach.


Dr. Kerstin Schankweiler
Dr. Hauke Lehmann


Dr. Antje Kahl (Project nomad)
Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kummels (TP A05)
Thomas John (TP A05)
Prof. Dr. Tobias Wendl (TP B01)
Verena Straub (TP B01)
Prof. Dr. Margreth Lünenborg (TP B02)
Dr. Laura Suna (TP B02)
Claudia Töpper (TP B02)
Theresa Schütz (TP B03)
Prof. Dr. Cilja Harders (TP C01)
Derya Özkaya (TP C01)
Dina Wahba (TP C01)
Hans Roth (TP C05)
Nazlı Kilerci (TP C06)
Prof. Dr. Hermann Kappelhoff (TP C06)

The working group met regularly in 2016 and 2017 for joint readings and discussions, presentations from the projects and discussions with guests.

Highlights in the working group's programm:

10.05.2016 Full-day workshop on the concept of economy with short presentations and discussions
21.06.2016 Lecture by Dr. Gertrud Hüwelmeier (HU Berlin): Worshipping Ancestors: 'Economies of Affect' in Socialist Vietnam (in the Colloquium of Prof. Tobias Wendl)
10.01.2017 Discussion with Dr. Jean-Baptiste Pettier (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris and Uni Köln)
09.02.2017 Discussion with Prof. Dr. Hartmut Winkler (Univ. Paderborn, Emeritus), author of the book „Diskursökonomie: Versuch über die innere Ökonomie der Medien“ (Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 2004)

Working steps:
The heads of the working group, Hauke Lehmann and Kerstin Schankweiler, selected texts for joint reading and put together a programme. As the first output of the group, an annotated bibliography on the subject of affective economy was jointly compiled in the first semester, on the basis of which individual work could be continued in the research projects. Then a glossary entry was formulated, which led to a longer chapter in the CRC volume "Affective Societies: Key Concepts" (edited by Jan Slaby and Christian von Scheve). The last step is the publication of a longer essay (Hauke Lehmann, Hans Roth, Kerstin Schankweiler), which presents the state of research, formulates the developed concept and describes an application example. This text will initially be published as a CRC-Working Paper.