Working Group Affects, Feelings and Emotions

Debates surrounding emotions, emotional labor, gender and gender competencies in love, romance and intimacy have been central to gender studies since their inception. Since the beginning of the 21st century, these debates have been developed in the English-speaking world within the framework of affect studies. Now, affect studies are also being established in research on gender. On the one hand, this field of research ties in with academic traditions in feminist theory; on the other hand, new perspectives are finding their way into the academic debate. The working group’s aim is to bring together existing and future research on debates at the intersection of gender, affect, feelings and emotions. The field should be widespread both on a theoretical and on a methodological level and should cover the following subject areas, whereas new focus points are also desired:

- Politics of affects: borders and permeabilities
- Representation and immediacy of affect
- Gender, emotions and narration: narrated worlds of emotions
- Negotiating affect in the performing and visual arts
- History of emotions
- Affect studies and postcolonial theory
- Affective morals and moral affect
- Emotional labor in neoliberalism
- Affective economies
- Hegemonic emotional regimes and manifestations of emotions in gendered modes of existence
- Affective theoretical approaches and psychoanalysis
- Affect in the neurosciences
- Emotional psychology
- Sexuality and affect
- Affect studies and theories of intersubjectivity
- Affect studies and queer temporality
- Research on specific emotions/feelings i.e. joy, fear, shame

The working group "Affects, Feelings and Emotions" meets twice a year to exchange ideas about the participants’ work and projects and to discuss relevant publications. In addition, specific collaborations take place, for example the joint panel submission to the international conference "Current Challenges of Gender Studies", which took place at the University of Cologne in September 2017.

Joining the working group is possible at any time. Contact: Sophie Bürgi

Working Group Members