High Passions: Affect and Curriculum Theorizing in the Present

  • Alyssa D. Niccolini
  • Bessie Dernikos
  • Nancy Lesko
  • Stephanie D. McCall


In a time of impassioned rhetoric and extreme educational policies, this chapter urges curriculum scholars to pay attention to affect. Affect studies supplement other approaches to theorizing curriculum by attending to contemporary emergences of thinking-feeling, offering opportunities for non-dualistic thought and pedagogy, and focusing on human and non-human encounters. Two research vignettes portray the complicated encounters and desires circulating around becoming a reader and going to college. Affect theories can encourage wonder and hope, and, in turn, evoke and support thinking-feeling differently, with new objects, and in new directions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alyssa D. Niccolini
    • 1
  • Bessie Dernikos
    • 2
  • Nancy Lesko
    • 3
  • Stephanie D. McCall
    • 4
  1. 1.NeckargemuendGermany
  2. 2.Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA
  3. 3.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.University of PennsylvaniaStroudsburgUSA

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