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Affect & Care

In this working group, we would like to refine the concept of Care from the perspective of affect and emotion theory and focus on the dynamics that result from the historicity and temporality of Care.

We ask about the institution of Care to look at its complexity from the Affective Societies perspective within a framework of a society that is concerned with continuity and topicality. We aim to develop a working concept that allows us to look at the dynamics of "Community Care" as well as the understanding of Care as subjective caring, therapeutic services, professional nursing, and civil society involvement. How do mobility and diversity change our ideas and expectations when we turn to a public institution with a need? What defines Care? Does a journalistic reporter provide a form of Care when he takes an objective perspective on an event or when he allows his/her felt intensities to flow into the reporting? Do actors understand mindfulness as a form of relational or self-centered care? And what is the connection between Care and power?

The working group invites participants to develop an interdisciplinary terminology and to examine the applicability of the understanding of Care in their research projects and to adjust it in a joint exchange. The group aims to shed light on the dynamic relationship between emotion, affect, and care against the background of ongoing processes of institutionalization within the framework of a collaborative writing project.


Anita von Poser

Edda Willamowski

Max Müller


20.11.2020, 10.00-12.00
11.12.2020, 10.00-12.00
15.01.2021, 10.00-12.00
19.02.2021, 10.00-12.00

29.04.2021, 10.00-12.00: Workshop Discussion with Annemarie Samuels
21.05.2021, 10.00-12.00
11.06.2021, 10.00-12.00
02.07.2021, 10.00-12.00
23.07.2021, 10.00-12.00

Wed, 10.11.2021, 14.00-16.00
Wed, 24.11.2021, 14.00-16.00: Workshop Discussion with Judith Ehlert
Wed, 01.12.2021, 14.00-16.00: Workshop Discussion with Lauren Cubellisis