Affect and Inquiry

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AFFECT & INQUIRY

2014 Obermann Humanities Symposium, March 27-29, 2014

How do structures of feeling viscerally shape approaches to writing, research, pedagogy, art, performance, and activism? Academic researchers have long operated under the assumption that critical inquiry best proceeds by bracketing emotion. Contrary to that belief, this conference examines the powerful role that emotion plays in practices of inquiry across the disciplines.  Affect & Inquiry is a three-day symposium that takes stock of critical inquiry in relation to affect studies.  Our conference will engage participants in considering the expressive and sensory aspects of scholarly and artistic creativity, teaching and collegiality, and political and public engagement.  At our final breakout session, we will build on the conference’s activities to think together about the following: How does affect shape our work – and what environments allow scholars and artists within and outside of the academy to survive and thrive?

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 (All day) to Thursday, May 29, 2014 (All day)
How do structures of feeling viscerally shape approaches to writing, research, pedagogy, art, performance, and activism? Academic researchers have long operated under the assumption that critical inquiry best proceeds by bracketing emotion. Contrary to that belief, this conference examines the powerful role that emotion plays in practices of inquiry across the disciplines.  Affect & Inquiry is a three-day symposium that takes stock of critical inquiry in relation to affect studies.  Our conference will engage participants in considering the expressive and sensory aspects of scholarly and artistic creativity, teaching and collegiality, and political and public engagement.  At our final breakout session, we will build on the conference’s activities to think together about the following: How does affect shape our work – and what environments allow scholars and artists within and outside of the academy to survive and thrive?
Co-director , University of Iowa , American Studies
Dr. Deborah Whaley’s teaching and research fields include the institutional history, theory, and methods of American Studies, 19th & 20th century American Cultural History, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Black Cultural Studies, Popular Culture, the Visual & Expressive Arts, Feminist & Gender Studies, and Critical Theory. Contact: Deborah-whaley@uiowa.edu
Co-director , The University of Iowa , Communication Studies
Jeff recently published his first book, Banning Queer Blood: Rhetorics of Citizenship, Contagion, and Resistance (University of Alabama Press). This analysis, which places contemporary rhetorical theory in conversation with identity and movement studies, focuses on the federal donor deferral policies that prohibit gay men from giving blood. Although organizations such as the FDA purport to secure public safety through a scrupulous deliberative process, Jeff argues these measures are substantiated by a deleterious scientific discourse that positions gay men as contagions. As a remedy, queer...
Co-director , University of Iowa , Rhetoric
Naomi Greyser is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and English at the University of Iowa. Her research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century U.S. literature; Affect Studies; critical race, gender and sexuality studies; the theory and practice of the rhetorical arts; and American studies. Greyser teaches courses in the departments of English and Rhetoric, as well as in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies. Her first book, On Sympathetic Grounds: Race, Gender and Affective Geographies in Nineteenth-Century North America, argues that sentimentalism encouraged expressions of sympathy...