Workshop - Current Debates in Affect Theory and Gender

Research Network Affects, Feelings & Emotions

Over the last decade, the Research Network Affects, Feelings & Emotions has been a central hub for research at the intersection of affect theory, gender, and diversity studies. The network aims to bring together existing and prospective research by scholars from various disciplines in Switzerland and beyond (e.g., Anthropology, Art Science, Film Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Literature Studies, Sociology).

The field of interest is both theoretically and methodologically widespread, and an interdisciplinary exchange among the network members is fostered and encouraged. The research network also supports early-career researchers engaging with affects and emotions.

In 2024, a new format of annual research talks will be established. Join us for a workshop exploring contemporary debates in affect theory and gender on the 3rd of May at the University of Bern (10 am – 4 pm). (Participation without original contribution also possible; see below).

Workshop goals:

  • Strengthening the interdisciplinary exchange among scholars with an interest in affect theory.

  • Sharing insight into current research findings of humanities and social sciences scholars who see affects, feelings, and/or emotions as crucial for analysing current social and societal processes.

  • Giving feedback on research-in-progress and gaining new insights on methodological and epistemological questions.

    We invite a broad range of contributions, for example:

  • Share insights into your research and receive feedback, including research in progress and challenges within.

  • Explore methodological or epistemological questions about affect, feelings, and emotions.

  • Lead a critical discussion on a shared reading of a stimulating article in affect theory.

  • Show a film clip, a piece of text, or an artwork and discuss it with the participants.

  • ...

Contributions with formats beyond those listed are also encouraged. Feel free to think outside the box! The working language will be English. Please let us know if you would prefer to share material in German or French so that we can plan accordingly.

After a short introduction, time will be allocated for participants to get to know each other. The format of the following sessions will be tailored to the participants’ contributions (for example, a world café, a panel discussion with presentation, or a discussion of shared readings, etc.).

Kindly register by March 31, 2024, via email to isabelle.albisserunisgch. Please include details of your form of participation, your proposed contribution (form, required time, etc.), and whether you require travel reimbursement.


03. Mai 2024, 10.00 – 16.00


UniS, Schanzeneckstrasse 1, 3012 Bern