Affective Transformations: Politics. Algorithms. Media.

01.11.2017 - 03.11.2017
Universität Potsdam, Am Neuen Palais 10, 14469 Postdam

International conference focusing on the emergence of »affective media« (i.e. technologies capable of processing affect) and the simultaneous social and political transformations engendered by uncontrollable »media affects« like hate speech and public shaming etc.


The affective turn has recently come under pressure. The fascination with all things affective that emerged during the 1990s and peaked in the first decade of the 21st century has lost its former innocence and euphoria. Affect Studies and its adjacent disciplines have now to prove that they can cope with the return of the affective real that technology, economy and politics entail.

Marie-Luise Angerer

Marie-Luise Angerer

übernimmt mit dem Wintersemester 2015 / 2016 den Lehrstuhl für Medientheorie / Medienwissenschaft an der Universität Potsdam. Sie war von 2000 bis 2015 Professorin für Medien- und Kulturwissenschaften an der Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln. Davor lehrte sie als Gastprofessorin in den USA, Kanada, Australien sowie Berlin, Bochum, Budapest, Ljubljana und Zürich. Ihre Forschung konzentriert sich u. a. auf die Emergenz und Implikationen eines Affektdispositivs sowie auf eine kritische Analyse der Entwicklung von Affective Sciences.

Marie-Luise Angerer (Hg.), Bernd Bösel (Hg.), ...: Timing of Affect

Affect, or the process by which emotions come to be embodied, is a burgeoning area of interest in both the humanities and the sciences. For »Timing of Affect«, Marie-Luise Angerer, Bernd Bösel, and Michaela Ott have assembled leading scholars to explore the temporal aspects of affect through the perspectives of philosophy, music, film, media, and art, as well as technology and neurology. The contributions address possibilities for affect as a capacity of the body; as an anthropological inscription and a primary, ontological conjunctive and disjunctive process as an interruption of chains of stimulus and response; and as an arena within cultural history for political, media, and psychopharmacological interventions. Showing how these and other temporal aspects of affect are articulated both throughout history and in contemporary society, the editors then explore the implications for the current knowledge structures surrounding affect today.