Emotion/Affect and Imperial Formations: Postgraduate virtual workshop

This event will be in Zoom

How do emotion and affect continue to play a role in the construction of imperial power dynamics and imperial relationships? From anti-immigrant sentiments to forced displacement, echoing historical patterns of exclusion to affective legacies of imperialism within colonized populations through historical traumas and loss, the affective dimension of the fabric of postcolonial and imperial relationships is significant. Emotions and affective attachments related to particular historical contexts and locations need to go beyond universalistic interpretations. By incorporating perspectives from decolonial and postcolonial studies, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, media studies, and history, our workshop seeks to explore affective experiences in imperial formations that go beyond the local, regional, and global levels. 


1.00-2.15  Panel 1: Interrogating racialised and gendered Imperial orders via affect 

Discussant: Alister Wedderburn (University of Glasgow) 

- Mateus S. Borges (McMaster University) - Love, pain, and revolution: Forugh Farrokhzad’s affects of transgression

- Elli Beyer (University of Manchester) - White violence and the biopolitics of fear: interrogating the affective governance of marginalised communities in the German nation-state

2.30-3.45  Panel 2: The role of affect in building (post-)imperial order and narratives 

Discussant: Karin Fierke (University of St Andrews) 

- Shah Zeb Chaudhary (Northwestern University) - No-Drama Obama: Empire of Seriousness

- Mannon Dehillotte (Public University of Navarre) - Perceptions and experience of the past: How the post-imperial emotional legacy conditions a state’s foreign policy

4-5.30  Panel 3: The affective resistance in revealing and unsettling of colonialism

Discussant: Sara Takafori (University of Leeds)  

- Chia-Yu Liang (University of Sussex) -'There Will Be No More Mourning’: A Theopolitical Interpretation of the Emotional Politics in the Termination of Hong Kong’s Tiananmen Vigil 

- Conwright Jamal (University of Sheffield) - Protests on the Silver Screen, Silence on the Streets

- Syed Hammaad Mehraj (South Asian University) - Emotive Commemoration/Performance of Community and Nation: Khilafat, Ummat, and Nationhood in Urdu Political Poetry of South Asia

Inquiries: BISA Emotions in Politics and IR Working Group epir.group@bisa.ac.uk

Registration will close two hours before the event begins.

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