Proposals Due: April 6th, 2015 12am.


With Keynote Speakers: Lauren Berlant, John T. Cacioppo and Ronald de Sousa

Featuring Special Seminars by: Amy Schmitter, Daniel M. Gross, Isobel Armstrong and

Noreen Giffney

18-20 September 2015, The Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, Manitoba

From affect as a cognitive phenomenon, through emotion as a motive for creativity, to

empathy as a spur for community action and policy development, to the feeling that we

belong in a given physical, social or cultural environment, affect is a significant but

complex feature of our lived experience. Research on affect has progressed rapidly in

recent years, owing to an expanding appreciation of its central role in guiding human

attitudes, decision-making, and actions and owing also to developments in technology

that have permitted more precise, moment-to-moment measures of affective response.

This conference will accordingly provide the kind of multidisciplinary forum that

promises to be particularly productive in exploring the multifaceted nature of affect and

of its influences on culture and lived experience. The goal of the conference is to engage

academics and students from a broad range of disciplines in discussions and explorations

of the social, ethical, political and cultural impact of affect and on the expression of

emotion in individual experience and in the public realm.

We invite proposals for individual papers or for panels based on the themes of the

conference. There will be a limited number of travel awards available for students whose

proposals have been accepted for presentation at the conference.

Suggested Topics: In addition to the conference’s overarching themes of memory,

aesthetics and ethics, these topics are suggestions only and not intended to limit the scope

of proposals for the conference.

• Affect and public life, policy, political events or practices (current or historical)

• Affect in/ and history

• Affect and images, caricature, cultural critique

• Affect and memory, regret, and nostalgia

• Affect and alienation; affect and suicide

• Affect and neuroscience

• Affect and race, gender, sexual orientation

• Affect, perception, and action

• Affect and decision-making

• Affect and attitude formation

• Affect and the practice of reading; affect and interpretation

• Affect and religion


Proposals for individual papers should be no longer than 250 words. A form fillable PDF

for individual proposals can be downloaded directly from the affect project website at:

Proposals for panels of 3 papers should include proposals of up to 250 words for each

individual paper as well as a rationale of up to 250 words for the panel and its theme or

topic. A form fillable PDF for panel proposals can be downloaded at:

Note: Sending proposals in MS-Word format to for anyone

having problems with the online submission forms is also acceptable.

Contact person: Dr. Arlene Young


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