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Affective Tendencies: Bodies, Pleasures, Sexualities conference

Affective Tendencies: Bodies, Pleasures, Sexualities

Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University
October 7-9, 2010

Deadline for Registration: September 15, 2010

This conference addresses the question of how sexuality, pleasure and bodies constitute, at least in part, affective life. Affective tendencies, orientations, trajectories have regulated how we understand and experience bodies, pleasures, sexualities. How are we to understand affective life? How are our conceptions of the body altered and complicated through understanding affective forces? Joy and sadness, as much as passion and desire, expand or contract our worlds, while they link bodies in particular styles of living in the world. How are relations of power – those that constitute relations of oppression, whether in terms of gender, race, class, nationality, religion or sexuality – to be understood following the ‘affective turn’? How is sexuality to be understood affectively? How is affect to be understood sexually? Are pleasures sexual? Are they always forms of joy?

Keynote Speakers

Lauren Berlant, George M. Pullman Professor, Department of English, University of Chicago.
Leo Bersani (Professor Emeritus of French, University of California, Berkeley)
David Eng (Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania)
Jasbir Puar (Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University)


Race, Nation, Affect and Sexuality
A New Kind of Queerness?
Desiring Geographies
Sex and Violence / The Joys of Sex
Body Technologies

Speakers include:

Vigdis Broche-Due (University of Bergen, Norway)
Ed Cohen (Rutgers University)
Claire Colebrook (Penn State University)
Ulrika Dahl (Södertörn University College, Sweden)
Carlos Decena (Rutgers University)
Richard Dienst (Rutgers University)
Nicole Fleetwood (Rutgers University)
Jean Franco (Columbia University)
Marisa Fuentes (Rutgers University)
Mary Gossy (Rutgers University)
Allan Isaac (Rutgers University)
Ellen Mortensen (University of Bergen, Norway)
Kristin Sampson (University of Bergen, Norway)
Kyla Schuller (Rutgers University)
Jami Weinstein (Linköping University, Sweden)

Conference to be held in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, Rutgers University, 162 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick NJ 08901.

Registration for the conference is on a first-come first-serve basis.

Please register online before September 15th at: or email Suzy Kiefer at

For further details contact Elizabeth Grosz or Suzy Kiefer at

Sponsored by:

The Centre for Women and Gender, University of Bergen, Norway.
The Offices of the Vice-President and the Deans of the School of Arts and Sciences.
The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University.

For updates on the program visit us at:

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