Publisher: meson press, Lüneburg 2020.
ISBNs: 978-3-95796-165-5 (print)
Two seemingly contradictory developments serve as starting points for this volume. First, technological innovations such as affective computing, mood tracking, sentiment analysis, and social robotics all share a focus on the recognition and modulation of human affectivity. Affect gets measured, calculated, controlled. Secondly, recent developments in politics, social media usage, and right-wing journalism have contributed to a conspicuous rise of hate speech, cybermobbing, public shaming, “felt truths,” and resentful populisms. In a very specific way, politics as well as power have become affective.
Affect gets mobilized, fomented, unleashed. When the ways we deal with our affectivity get unsettled in such a dramatic fashion, we have to rethink our ethical, aesthetical, political as well as legal regimes of affect organization.
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Affective Transformations […] sets out to investigate the ways networked technologies modify our affects, feeling, and emotions. This is a welcome intervention as, in spite of the vastness of scholarship on both affect and digital media, speculative research that straddles their intersections remains surprisingly rare.
– Jernej Markelj in NEW MEDIA & SOCIETY
The collection is a welcome addition to the growing literature on the intersection of media theory, affect and new-materialism, as it provides timely theoretical concepts and discussions focusing on material interactions between bodies, technology and media.
– Ana Makhashvili on AFFECTIVE SOCIETIES