November 15th | Eos Trinidad on “The Irony of Accountability: How a Performance-Inducing Policy Reduces Motivation to Perform”

Please join the Affect and the Emotions Workshop
in-person in Social Sciences Room 302

Monday, November 15th
when

Eos Trinidad

PhD Student, Sociology and Comparative Human Development

presents his paper

“The Irony of Accountability: How a Performance-Inducing Policy Reduces Motivation to Perform”

While researchers have interrogated testing and school accountability’s potentially harmful impacts on teacher behavior, cheating, and stress as well as student outcomes, we know less about how accountability predicts students’ wellbeing, emotion, and motivation. This manuscript explores how accountability could impact students’ motivation to perform and subjective wellbeing, finding important consequences for emotions related to performance but not for social wellbeing or life satisfaction. This research has implications for the quantitative study of emotions, the deeper understanding of school policies, and the potential harms of data-driven programs.

The paper is available on our website, under posts.

Materials for November 8th Session

 

Please join the Affect and the Emotions Workshop, remotely, on

Monday, November 8th when

Isabel Lachenauer
PhD Candidate, Ottoman and Turkish Studies, NELC

presents her paper:

“Through the Looking Glass: Mirror Characters as Windows into the Emotional Community ofʿĀrifʿAlī”

Discussant: Jane Gordon, PhD Student, Assyriology, NELC

the event will take place on Zoom at

 4:30-6:00pm CT

 

Her paper is available here: Lachenauer Ch 2

Join Zoom Meeting
https://uchicago.zoom.us/j/92402604067?pwd=Zngxd29UdHF4eDBlMEoweFVzaE9LZz09

Meeting ID: 924 0260 4067
Passcode: mirror

 

November 8th | Isabel Lachenauer on “Through the Looking Glass: Mirror Characters as Windows into the Emotional Community of ʿĀrifʿAlī”

Please join the Affect and the Emotions Workshop, remotely, on

Monday, November 8th
when

Isabel Lachenauer

PhD Candidate, Ottoman and Turkish Studies, NELC

presents her paper:

“Through the Looking Glass: Mirror Characters as Windows into the Emotional Community ofʿĀrifʿAlī”

Discussant: Jane Gordon, PhD Student, Assyriology, NELC

the event will take place on Zoom at

 4:30-6:00pm CT

Description: This second chapter of my dissertation, “Artūḫı Wept: Reading Emotions in ʿĀrif ʿAlī’sDānişmendnāme,” looks at never-before studied poems in the fourteenth-century Old Anatolian Turkish redaction of the popular epicDānişmendnāmeto reveal how its author employed novel and sophisticated literary devices to sway his audience’s emotions in certain ways at “appropriate” times. I argue that the principal way ʿĀrif ʿAlī accomplished this was through mirror characters, literary devices which serve as “go-betweens” between text and audience by demonstrating and appealing to the emotions the audience should be feeling and when. Drawing on the theories of Barbara Rosenwein and Frank Brandsma, I argue that analyzing mirror characters like the warrior Artūḫı bridges author, text, and audience, thus bringing us closer to my project’s aim of illuminating the elusive redactor ʿĀrif ʿAlī’s emotional community.

The paper, to be read in advance, is available on a protected post on our website, with the password “mirror.”

 

October 25th | Srikanth Reddy on “Wonder, A Syzygy: A Poetics of Wonder in The Iliad, Paradise Lost, and Radi Os”

Please join the Affect and the Emotions Workshop, online, on 

Monday, October 25th when 

Srikanth (Chicu) Reddy 

Professor, Department of English, University of Chicago 

presents his paper: 

“Wonder, A Syzygy: 

A Poetics of Wonder in The Iliad, Paradise Lost, and Radi Os” 

Shield of Achilles

Discussant: Emily Austin, Assistant Professor, Department of Classics and the College 

the event will take place, on zoom:

Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 967 0661 2447
Passcode: wonder

Description: This talk ventures a literary archaeology of wonder as a way to begin thinking about poetry and the affects. Beginning with Homer’s description of the shield of Achilles in Book 18 of the Iliad, then turning to Milton’s description of Satan’s shield in Paradise Lost, I conclude with a reading of Ronald Johnson’s erasure of Milton in Radi Os to begin conceptualizing poetry as a ‘technology of feeling.’ My aim is to counter descriptions of poetry (and art) as ‘useless’ with an account of some ways that poetry from various contexts and periods might be viewed as an affective technology—which enables us to experience, register, and share our emotions. Affective and figurative correspondences from Homer to Milton to Ronald Johnson allow us to track, over a long history of feeling, how technologies like shields, telescopes, and radios mediate and project wonder in these poets’ work. 

Image credit: Philip Rundell. Shield of Achilles. 1821-22. Silver Gilt. Royal Collection Trust.

Monday, October 11 | Brandon Sward on “How to make site-specific art when sites themselves have histories: Whittier Boulevard as Asco’s ‘camino surreal’”

 

Please join the Affect and the Emotions Workshop

Monday, October 11th when

Brandon Sward

PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago

presents his paper:

How to make site-specific art when sites themselves have histories:

Whittier Boulevard as Asco’s ‘camino surreal’”

 

Discussant: Tina Post, Assistant Professor, Department of English, and Director of Creative Research, Committee on Theater and Performance Studies

Monday, October 11th, remotely via Zoom, 4:30-6:00pm CT

The paper, to be read in advance, and the Zoom link for the session are available on our website. If interested in attending, please email Jane Gordon (jgordon616@uchicago.edu) for access to the paper and details of the session.

Image: Asco, First Supper (After a Major Riot), 1974. Image credit: Harry Gamboa, Jr.

Teaching Affect and the Emotions: A Panel Discussion

Please join the Affect and the Emotions Workshop

Monday, May 17th

For our Final Session of the Year when,

Michal Zechariah

Phd Candidate in English, University of Chicago

&

Bellamy Mitchell

Phd Candidate in English and Social Thought, University of Chicago

&

Alex Jania

Phd Candidate in History, University of Chicago

Discuss:

Teaching Affect and the Emotions

(A Panel Conversation)

Monday, May 17th on Zoom

4:30-6:00pm CT

Maïté Marciano on “The Politics of Disaffection in The Stranger: a Modern Flat Voice”

Please join the Affect and the Emotions Workshop

Monday, May 3rd when

Maïté Marciano

Phd Candidate in Comparative Literature, Department of French and Italian, Northwestern University

presents her paper:

The Politics of Disaffection in The Stranger: a Modern Flat Voice

Leif Turner (Master’s Student, MAPH , University of Chicago) will serve as Discussant

Monday, May 3rd on Zoom

4:30-6:00pm CT

Materials and zoom link available on our website password: “flat”