[Air-L] Critical studies of affectivity and internet culturue

Radhika Gajjala cyborgwati at gmail.com
Thu Feb 2 04:46:12 PST 2012

I would add Leila Gandhi's "Affective Communities"

Jon Beasley-Murray's "Posthegemony"

Teresa Brennan's "Transmission of Affect" and some of her other work

Recently also came across Eva Ilouz - "Making of Emotional Capitalism"

and the special issue of Angelaki on Subalternity and Affect

Last Spring (2011) I taught a grad seminar on Subaltern Studies, Affect and
Labo(u)r and we

had many a good discussion on these intersections.

Eve Sedgewick and Lauren Berlant are also names to look at btw.

My question though - why Affect - why now and why now in relation to
postcolonial theory?

(incidentally - I am working on a book length project examines coding of
affect in networks, platforms, through labor, technology, postcoloniality,
subalternity, globalization, aesthetics etc - but that work is also coming
out in bits in my ongoing publications - articles and book chapters and I
wont be able to fully work on that until my current book - Weavings of
Virtual and Real - now in the formatting stages - gets finally off the
shelf - I think I shared a bit of that with Koen by email a while ago

On Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 6:05 AM, Leurs, K.H.A. (Koen) <K.H.A.Leurs at uu.nl>wrote:

> Dear all,
> I have searched the AIR-L archives but this did not yield any results,
> therefore I'm directing my question to the full AIR audience: I'm trying to
> get an overview of critical studies of internet cultural practices that
> have employed the lens of affectivity.
> I'm looking at YouTube video consumption of minority youths myself, and
> throughout the interviews emotional attachments to for instance diasporic
> materials were foregrounded. I'm trying to gauge the meanings of these
> processes and I'm starting to believe the recent critical work on
> affectivity might be a good entry point.
> Feminist/critical theory/post-colonial/anti-race/migration/queer work on
> affectivity & technologies is especially welcome.
> I will post back to the list an overview of responses.
> Kind regards,
> Koen.
> These are my own findings so far:
> Ahmed, S. (2010). Happy objects. In M. Gregg and G.J. Seigworth (Eds.),
>        The affect theory reader, (pp. 29-51). Durham, NC: Duke University
> Press.
> Ahmed, S. (2004). The cultural politics of emotion. New York, NY:
> Routledge.
> Boehm, D.A. & Swank, H. (2011). Introduction. Special issue on affecting
> global
>        movement: The emotional terrain of transnationality. International
> Migration,   49(6), 1-6.
> Diminescu, D. (2008). The connected migrant: an epistemological manifesto.
> Social
>        Science Information, 47(4), 565-579.
> Hansen, M.B.N. (2004). New Philosophy for New Media. Cambridge, MA: MIT
> Press.
> Hillis, K. (2009). Online a lot of the time. Durham, NC: Duke University
> Press.
> Koivunen, A. (2010). An affective turn? Reimagining the subject of
> feminist theory. In M.
>        Liljeström & S. Paasonen (Eds.), Working with affect in feminist
> readings, (pp. 8-28).
>        New York, NY: Routledge
> Leung, L.Y.M. (2011). ‘Pro-suming swearing (verbal violence). ‘Affect’ as
> (feminist)
>        internet criticism. Feminist Media Studies, 11(1), 89-94.
> Massumi, B. (2002). Parables for the virtual: Movement, affect, sensation.
> Durham, NC:
>        Duke University Press.
> Nelson, A. & Hwang, J.W. (2012). Roots and revelation. genetic ancestry
> testing and the
>  YouTube generation. In L. Nakamura & P.A. Chow-White, Race after the
> Internet
>        (pp. 271-290). New York, NY: Routledge.
> Sedgwick, E.K. (2003). Touching feeling: Affect, pedagogy, performativity.
> Durham, NC:
>        Duke University Press.
> Wise, A. & Velayutham, S. (2006). Towards a typology of transnational
> affect. Sydney:
>        Macquarie University, Centre for Research on Social Inclusion.
> Retrieved from:
>        http://www.crsi.mq.edu.au/public/download.jsp?id=10615 (Accessed
> February 1,
>         2012).
> Koen Leurs | Phd student Graduate Gender Programme | Utrecht University |
> Muntstraat 2a, 3512 BL Utrecht | tel. 030-253 7859 | K.H.A.Leurs at uu.nl |
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Radhika Gajjala
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