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Affective Relationality

The working group "Affective Relationality" is developing a theoretically as well as empirically founded conception of affect as a relational and dynamic phenomenon. With respect to the single disciplines and empirical fields of study, we ask about possible operationalizations of this conception. In the first year, our discussions were revolving around the notion of affective arrangements, providing a first theoretical take and analytic perspective. Affective arrangements are heterogeneous ensembles of human and non-human actors, affective patterns, material things, discourses, spaces and expressions. In an event-like and yet trans-disciplinary process, such arrangements evolve into contexts and constellations in which affect unfolds, circulates and resonates. With respect to our various empirical sites of investigation, the main question is what are the concrete parameters relevant to a study of an affective arrangement’s composition and processual functioning. An interdisciplinary reflection on methods is part of our endeavor to identify and describe relational affectivity in concrete empirical material.


Rainer Mühlhoff (B05)


Dr. Antje Kahl (Project Nomad)
Prof. Dr. Brigitt Röttger-Rössler (A01)
Anh Thu Anne Lam (A01)
Gabriel Scheidecker (A01)
Dr. Anita von Poser (A02)
Dr. med. Eric Hahn (A02)
Dr. med. Thi Minh Tam Ta (A02)
Main Huong Nguyen (A02)
Edda Heyken (A02)
Jörg-Chrsitian Lanca (A02)
Anne Fleig (A03)
Marion Acker (A03)
Doris Kolesch (B03)
Theresa Schütz (B03)
Jan Slaby (B05)