Dr Carolyn Pedwell, Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Kent, will deliver the key note and it's safe to say that it will be brilliant!
Veteran activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis (2016) claims that in order for a movement to be effective it needs to mobilize the masses. How does one do this? What motivates people to join a movement, especially if they are not directly affected by the campaign’s agenda and the successful implementation of its goals? Deborah Gould (2009) argues that the purposeful channelling of emotion can be decisive for the success or failure of a movement. Recent campaigns such as Black Lives Matter or the Women’s Marches, though US-centric, have managed to garner the support from millions of people worldwide. According to Carolyn Pedwell (2014) and Sara Ahmed (2004), the key lies in the relational nature of such elusive terms as emotion, feeling and affect and their ability to circulate between subjects and objects. How can organizers and campaigners make use of these characteristics? What problems may arise in the concrete experience of organizing?
Themes for papers may include (but are not restricted to):
- Politics, emotion, and affect
- Social movements, rights-based action, campaigning and protest (such as LGBTQI+, disability, human rights)
- NGOs and non-profit organisations
- Critical race, gender, and cultural studies
- Queer, trans and feminist activisms
- Legal and political studies perspectives
- Political theologies and philosophies
- Queer and non-binary phenomenologies
- Alienation and engagements
- Practice-based activism and activist-scholars
- Influencing policy and policy formation
Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words for a twenty-minute research paper to email@example.com by Friday, 22 December 2017.
We also welcome contributions by activists and practitioners on their experience of the role of affect and emotion in their work. Please also submit a proposal of no more than 250 words for a 10-minute presentation.
Postgraduate and early career researchers are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.
It would be fantastic to be able to hear from some craftivists at the event!