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SUPPORTING AFFECT INQUIRY

The Society for the Study of Affect (SSA) is a member-funded nonprofit that supports the international scholarly and artistic study of affect: discipline-specific, interdisciplinary, and non-academic inquiry that attends to those near-imperceptible, too-intense, interstitial, or in-the-making forces and feelings that make up our worlds. Through in-person and virtual events like conferences and workshops, publishing, social media, infrastructures of feeling, and non-institutional modes of mentorship, we aim to shake up existing structures and practices and foster a lively and engaged local and international community of affect study. We disseminate academic and creative work related to the study of affect in both print and online media, including the SSA's peer-reviewed and open access publications. Our hope is to encourage and assist graduate students, early career scholars, and others in the study of affect and to provide a centralized organization for affect study that will promote local affiliations and branches in different countries or regions across the globe. Why shouldn't one modest aim of affect study be a "more expansive ongoingness?"1

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Join SSA with a small one-time or reccurring membership fee and help support future conferences, open access publishing initiatives, mentorship opportunities and more. SSA benefits include already-free access to Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry, Imbricate! Press books, conferences and regional meetups, and a future members' directory and resources. Members can vote on future intiatives at our annual meeting. Fees are not considered a charitable donation and we are unable to issue tax reciepts.

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  1. Gregory J. Seigworth, "Capaciousness," Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry 1, no. 1 (2017): i–v.

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Advisory Board

Lisa Blackman

Goldsmiths University

Vivienne Bozalek

University of Western Cape

Rizvana Bradley

UC Berkeley

Patricia Clough

Emeritus, CUNY Graduate Center & Queens College

Ann Cvetkovich

Carleton University

Ezekiel Dixon-Román

Teachers College Columbia University

Kay Gordon

CUNY Kingsborough Community College

M. Gail Hamner

Syracuse University

Anna Hickey Moody

Maynooth University

Chris Ingraham

University of Utah

Omar Kasmani

Freie Universität Berlin

Ali Lara

University of East London

Michael Lechuga

University of New Mexico

Dana Luciano

Rutgers University

Hil Malatino

Pennsylvania State University

Shaka McGlotten

Purchase College SUNY

Andrew Murphie

Independent

Tyrone Palmer

Wesleyan University

Carolyn Pedwell

University of Kent

Jasbir Puar

Rutgers University

Jenny Rice

University of Kentucky

Andrej Radman

TU Delft

Tony Sampson

University of Essex

Donovan Schaefer

University of Pennsylvania

Chad Shomura

University of Colorado Denver

Nathan Snaza

University of Richmond

Stephanie Springgay

McMaster University

Eliza Steinbock

Maastricht University

Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen

Aarhus University

Elizabeth Wilson

Emory University

Boni Wozolek

Pennsylvania State University Abington

Xine Yao

University College London

Libe García Zarranz

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Team

SSA runs on volunteer labour. If you are interested in hosting a conference, starting a regional group, or would like to propose other SSA initiatives, please reach out. We are currently looking for copyeditors for our open access journal and press.

Wendy J. Truran

Managing Co-Director

 

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Gregory J. Seigworth

Co-Director

Mathew Arthur

Co-Director

SSA PUBLICATIONS



Founded in 2017, Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry is SSA’s open access and peer-reviewed international journal. Capacious makes room for emerging voices in and around affect studies. We endeavour to promote diverse bloom-spaces for affect’s study over the dulling hum of any specific orthodoxy. Member of the Radical Open Access Collective and affiliated with Open Humanities Press.


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Monthly readers

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ISSN 2816-9913

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Founded in 2021, Imbricate! Press is SSA’s peer-reviewed and open access book imprint. Imbricate! publishes work that gauges how critical or creative practices can bring together discourses, worlds, sensations, sensibilities, and atmospheres that raise questions and perhaps unsettle what counts as ‘fit’ and ‘unfit’ within and across shifting disciplinary contours.

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SSA events are always open to undergrads, graduate students, early-career academics, tenured faculty, artists, activists, and non-academics. Since 2015's Affect WTF conference, we've organized and hosted 2018's Capacious AIMS conference and the 2019 Animations and Provocations Summer School. Alongside more standard panels and workshops, we encourage experiments and playful interventions: non-traditional presentation formats, installation and perfomance works, walking methods, etc.

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Conferences

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Affect: Worlding, Tensions, Futures

#AffectWTF

The 2015 conference assembled eighteen plenary speakers, nineteen multi-disciplinary conference panel streams, and over a dozen workshops, installations, and performance pieces. Nearly 700 conference submissions came in from all over the world, narrowed down to 223 presenters, with an estimated 380+ total attendees including faculty, independent researchers, undergrad and graduate students.

Conference Program (PDF)Plenary Videos
October 14–17, 2015
Millersville University's Ware Center
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

2015

Capacious: Affect Inquiry/Making Space

#CapaciousAIMS

In and across the diverse practices and studies of affect, how might we continue to "find room" or "make space" and under what circumstances might such a framing for affect study be problematic? Modeled on the same ethos of community building, mentorship, and intellectual generosity that guides Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affective Inquiry, this conference assembled 200 papers and 240 attendees. Open to students, faculty, and non-academics #CapaciousAIMS emphasized the crucial role of graduate students and early career researchers in shaping the scholarship in affect study.

Conference Program (PDF)
August 8–11, 2018
Millersville University's Ware Center
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

2018

Capacious: Affect Inquiry/Making Space

#CapaciousAIMS

In and across the diverse practices and studies of affect, how might we continue to "find room" or "make space" and under what circumstances might such a framing for affect study be problematic? Modeled on the same ethos of community building, mentorship, and intellectual generosity that guides Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affective Inquiry, this conference assembled 200 papers and 240 attendees. Open to students, faculty, and non-academics #CapaciousAIMS emphasized the crucial role of graduate students and early career researchers in shaping the scholarship in affect study.

Conference Program (PDF)
August 8–11, 2018
Millersville University's Ware Center
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

2018

Summer School: Animations and Provocations

#SSASS

With over 80 participants, the SSA's Summer School offered an amazing opportunity to learn, interact, and create alongside two dozen of the most engaging folks (established and up-and-coming scholars) working in and around affect studies from all around the world. Beyond meeting in seminars, we held twice-daily gatherings for "animations" and "provocations" intended to spark uniquely interdisciplinary, convivially non-hierarchical and full-on invigorating conversation and foster cross-contaminations between conveners and all of the seminar participants.

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July 29–August 02, 2019
Millersville University, Ware Center
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

2019

Affect: Methods/​Affects/​Practices/​Sensibilities

#AffectMAPS

The 2020 conference was cancelled due to Covid-19. #AffectMAPS was intended to provoke the submission of uncharted proposals that creatively foreground the widely (often wildly) divergent modes of affect inquiry. What kinds of maps guide your approaches to research in and through affect? How does the situatedness of particular sensibilities and sensations shape your procedures? Where and when do the architectures and atmospheres of affect guide or disturb the disciplinary formations that generate research trajectories within (and perhaps beyond or outside) your field of specialization? Even more directly, does affect study have a method or methods? Does it truly need one (or several)? Organized by Jenny Rice.

September 23–26, 2020
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

2020