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Methodologies of Affective Experimentation

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Answers to the rising importance of experimentation in the social and academic world

  • Provides explorations of the affective dimensions of experimental practices

  • Explores the intersection between affect, experimentation and sociocultural change

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Methodologies of Affective Experimentation

    • Britta Timm Knudsen, Mads Krogh, Carsten Stage
    Pages 1-24
  3. Understanding Affective Experimentation as a Method of the Social

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 25-25
    2. Affect as Disruption: Affective Experimentation, Automobility, and the Ecological Crisis

      • Paul Schütze, Kilian Jörg, Imke von Maur, Jan Slaby
      Pages 27-45
    3. Populism as Para-politics: Play, Affect, Simulation

      • Christoffer Kølvraa
      Pages 47-68
    4. Experimentations in Pandemic Boredom

      • Susanna Paasonen
      Pages 139-157
  4. Understanding Affective Experimentation as a Research Method

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 159-159
    2. Affective Writing Experiments

      • Signe Uldbjerg, Natalie Ann Hendry
      Pages 183-202
    3. The Tombstones that Cried the Night Away: An Allegory

      • Phillip Vannini, April Vannini
      Pages 267-285
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 307-318

About this book

“This is a ground-breaking book that brings together some of the most exciting research from both established and new scholars, advancing and inventing creative methodologies to do justice to the field of affect studies.” 

Lisa Blackman, Professor in Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK 

We live in an era of experimentation – both if we look at the broader social world of politics, media and art and at the narrower context of academic knowledge production. This collection consists of 14 chapters by leading scholars in affect studies. They explore the affective dimensions of experimental practices related to, for example, activism, the COVID-19 pandemic, populism, sustainability, patient communities, music streaming, Jamaican dancehall, gangs, leadership, tourism and minority youth cultures. Experiments are understood as intentionally crafted milieus aimed at (re)presenting unnoticed aspects of the world, as non-linear processes with unpredictable outcomes, and as ways of giving the future a provisional form. The collection responds to a pressing need to understand the intersection between affect, experimentation and sociocultural change by offering empirical strategies to explore how, and with what consequences, experimentation is affective.

Britta Timm Knudsen is Professor of Experience Economy at the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark. She has published on difficult heritage, cultural studies, affect theory and methodologies. Recent books and edited collections include Decolonizing Colonial Heritage (2021), Global Media, Biopolitics, and Affect (2015), Affective Methodologies (2015), Enterprising Initiatives (2014) and Re-investing Authenticity (2010).

Mads Krogh is Associate Professor of Popular Music Culture at the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark. His research deals with practice, mediation and genre in popular music culture. Recent books and edited collections include Music Radio (2019), Tunes for all? (2018) and Populær musik kultur – i Danmark siden 2000 (2016).

Carsten Stage is Professor of Culture and Media at the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark. His research explores digital illness narratives, affect and participation. Recent books and edited collections include Quantified Storytelling (2020), Cultures of Participation (2019), The Language of Illness and Death on Social Media (2018) and Networked Cancer (2017).

Keywords

  • Affect studies
  • Worldmaking
  • Experimental worldmaking
  • Methodology
  • Affective methodologies
  • Affective issues
  • Participation
  • Affective experimentation

Reviews

“This is a ground-breaking book that brings together some of the most exciting research from both established and new scholars, advancing and inventing creative methodologies to do justice to the field of affect studies. Building on Affective Methodologies (2015), edited by Britta Timm Knusden and Carsten Stage, the book explores a wide range of areas, including populism, creative writing, sound, emotion, interspecies pedagogies, socially engaged art and data analytics. Experimentation is explored as affective and performative events of sensuous entanglement that have the potential to attune to the invisible, hidden, unpredictable and silenced, bringing insights and knowledge into new thresholds of perception. Through a wide range of different experiments in method and knowledge production, the book outlines different affective strategies to explore the world and open up new forms of future-making. This is essential reading for affect scholars and scholars across the arts, humanities and social sciences interested in how to analyse affective processes.” (Lisa Blackman, Professor in Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK) 

“At a time when some wish to discipline affect theory with restrictive methods and closely cropped concepts, the efforts here to use “experiment” in ways that dilate around the unrecognized, the unpredictable, and open-ended futurity is thoroughly invigorating. These chapters are eminently practical and pedagogical – that is, the authors foreground different ways to invent or perform “method” while also guiding the reader through the specificities of their cases. This volume goes a long way toward demonstrating precisely what it is that affect theory can do, and how!” (Dr. Gregory J. Seigworth, Professor of Digital Communication and Cultural Studies, Millersville University, USA)


Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

    Britta Timm Knudsen, Mads Krogh, Carsten Stage

About the editors

Britta Timm Knudsen is Professor of Experience Economy at the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark. She has published on difficult heritage, cultural studies, affect theory and methodologies. Recent books and edited collections include Decolonizing Colonial Heritage (2021), Global Media, Biopolitics, and Affect (2015), Affective Methodologies (2015), Enterprising Initiatives (2014) and Re-investing Authenticity (2010).

Mads Krogh is Associate Professor of Popular Music Culture at the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark. His research deals with practice, mediation and genre in popular music culture. Recent books and edited collections include Music Radio (2019), Tunes for all? (2018) and Populær musik kultur – i Danmark siden 2000 (2016).

Carsten Stage is Professor of Culture and Media at the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark. His research explores digital illness narratives, affect and participation. Recent books and edited collections include Quantified Storytelling (2020), Cultures of Participation (2019), The Language of Illness and Death on Social Media (2018) and Networked Cancer (2017).   


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Methodologies of Affective Experimentation

  • Editors: Britta Timm Knudsen, Mads Krogh, Carsten Stage

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-96272-2

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-96271-5

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-96272-2

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 318

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Media and Communication, Cultural Studies

Buying options

eBook USD 89.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-96272-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)