Thinking / Feeling Conference

Critical Theory, Culture, Feeling

18-19 May 2012

Supported by the Centre for Modernist Studies, the Centre for Social and Political Thought,

and the Centre for Literature and Philosophy

Thinking / Feeling Website

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Eva Illouz is Rose Isaac Chair of Sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her books include Consuming the Romantic Utopia: Love and the Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism (1997), Cold Intimacies: The Making of Emotional Capitalism (2007), and Saving the Modern Soul: Therapy, Emotions, and the Culture of Self‐Help (2008). In 2009, Die Zeit magazine selected Professor Illouz as one of twelve people most likely to ‘shape the thought of tomorrow’. Her latest book, Why Love Hurts: A Sociological Explanation, has just been published by Polity.

Timothy Bewes is Professor of English at Brown University. He has written three books to date, which include Cynicism and Postmodernity (1997), Reification, or The Anxiety of Late Capitalism (2002), and The Event of Postcolonial Shame (2011). Professor Bewes has also co-edited several collections of essays, Cultural Capitalism (2001, with Jeremy Gilbert), and Georg Lukács: The Fundamental Dissonance of Existence (2011, with Timothy Hall).

Alexander Düttmann is Professor of Philosophy and Visual Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London. His books include Philosophy of Exaggeration (2007), Visconti: Insights of Flesh and Blood (2008), Naive Art: An Essay on Happiness (2011), and Participation: Consciousness of Semblance (2011). After collaborating with photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg on a book project, Professor Düttmann wrote a libretto for a chamber opera which was performed at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.

Ben Highmore is Reader in Media Studies at the University of Sussex. In addition to the indispensible The Everyday Life Reader (2002), Dr Highmore’s books include Michel de Certeau: Analysing Culture (2006), Ordinary Lives: Studies in Everyday Life (2010), and Cultural Feelings: Mood, Mediation, and Cultural Politics (forthcoming).

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Event Director – Douglas Haynes.

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

FRIDAY 18 MAY 2012

09:30 – 10:00

Registration at Fulton reception

KEYNOTE 1 – FULTON LECTURE HALL A

10:00 – 11:00

Prof Eva Illouz (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)

Why Emotions are Crucial to Capitalism

Chair: Dr Jennifer Cooke

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee

FUL TON 104

Chair: Dr Simon Mussell

FUL TON 107

Chair: Christos Hadjioannou

11:30 – 12:00

Dr Keston Sutherland (Sussex)

Marx’s Exquisite Irony

Dr Alastair Morgan (Nottingham)

What’s Wrong with a Neurochemical Self?

12:00 – 12:30

Dr Élise Derroitte (Louvain)

Melancholy as Resistance

Dan Taylor (Independent)

Anxiety Machines: Neoliberal Capitalism, Depression and Continuous Connection

12:30 – 13:00

Dr Benjamin Noys (Chichester)

The Melancholy of Resistance: the Intervallic, Intermittency, and the Politics of Melancholia

Short film by Jonathan Isserow (Roehampton)

Blue Wash: A filmic essay on melancholia

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch in the social space in Arts B, Room 274 (catered by The French Revolution)
A short film by Jonathan Isserow (Roehampton), Blue Wash: A filmic essay on melancholia, will be shown on repeat in Fulton lecture hall A and in Arts B

KEYNOTE 2 – FULTON LECTURE HALL A

14:00 – 15:00

Prof Timothy Bewes (Brown University)

The Surge: T urning Away from Affect

Chair: Dr Doug Haynes

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee

FUL TON 104

Chair: Annabel Haynes

FUL TON 107

Chair: Tim Carter

FUL TON 213

Chair: Arthur Willemse

15:30 – 16:00

Dr Julie Taylor (Oxford)

On Holding and Being Held: Modernism, Intimacy, and Hart Crane

Joseph Maslen (Edge Hill)

Patriotic Happiness in Contemporary Britain: Popular Feeling or Social Thinking?

Dr Irena Rosenthal (VU Amsterdam)

Exhausted by a ‘democratic burn-out’: Confronting the Emotional Challenges of Democratic Politics

16:00 – 16:30

Niamh O’Mahony (Cork)

Of what we know not are: Critical junctures in common feeling

Sheena Culley (Kingston)

The Feeling of Comfort

Dr Tomasz Kitlinski (Lublin)

Thinking Affects as Kristevan Revolt in Eastern Europe’s Activist Art

16:30 – 17:00

Will Harris (St Andrews)

‘ What is there to know?’ : Thinking and Feeling in Contemporary Poetry

Asta Zokaityte (Kent)

Governing Through the Happiness Index

Doruk Tatar (Sabanci)

Enjoying Political Subjects: Affective Politics of Neoliberal Conservatism in Turkey

17: 00

End of Day 1

SATURDAY 19 MAY 2012

KEYNOTE 3 – FULTON LECTURE HALL A

10:00 – 11:00

Dr Ben Highmore (University of Sussex)

Mood Work

Chair: Dr Doug Haynes

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee

FUL TON 202

Chair: Dr Julie Taylor

FUL TON 203

Chair: Dr Simon Mussell

11:30 – 12:00

Dr Elahe Haschemi Yekani (Humboldt)

Feeling Modern: Early Black Britis h Writing and Revolutionary Feelings

Tim Carter (Sussex)

Love and Freedom in the ‘determinate system of the economy’: Thoughts on a passage from Adorno

12:00 – 12:30

Dr Ruth Charnock (Sussex)

Feeling Intimate? Reading Anaïs Nin in the 1970s

Dr Sophie Djigo (CURAPP, Amiens)

Feeling and Self-Transformation: A Deliberative Spirit

12:30 – 13:00

Dr Jennifer Cooke (Loughborough)

Boredom and Experimental Literature

Dr Jane Elliott (King’s College London)

The Horror of Interest

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch in the social space in Arts B, Room 274 (catered by The French Revolution)

KEYNOTE 4 – FULTON LECTURE HALL A

14:00 – 15:00

Prof Alexander Düttmann (Goldsmiths)

The Feeling of Life

Chair: Dr Gordon Finlayson

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee

FUL TON 202

Chair: Jana Elsen

FUL TON 203

Chair: Dr Sara Jane Bailes

15:30 – 16:00

Christos Hadjioannou (Sussex)

The ‘binding necessity’ of phenomenology: Heidegger’s turn to Stimmung

Ian Higgins (Leicester)

‘The Strange Disease of Modern Life’: A Brief History of Boredom

16:00 – 16:30

Ned Hercock (Sussex)

Paul de Man against Feeling: The Political Background to How Theory Feels

George Legg (King’s College London)

The Curious Case of Craigavon: New Towns, Geographies of Boredom and the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’

FULTON LECTURE HALL A

16:45 – 17:00

Closing remarks

17: 00

End of Conference