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Tag Archive — affect

CFP: Atlantis Cluster on Intimacies/Affect (1 Nov 2013)

I’m entering the last month of my book revisions so things will probably be a bit quiet here, but I wanted to make sure I poasted this. I’m co-editing a cluster on Intimacies/Affect for Atlantis with Suzanne Lenon and Susanne Luhmann, details below! *** Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice/ Études critiques sur […]


The crass oversimplicity of Facebook affect bugs me. It always weirds me out when people “like” bad or tragic news, sad or frustrating posts, or politically fraught or complicated messages. It’s not surprising to me that algorithms are starting to equate “likes” with endorsement, or posting a link—even if for criticism—as promotion of it; it […]

Referral: Office Hours are Over

I love this new meme genre of reaction gifs. It’s like someone figured out a way to bottle affect. This one in particular is wonderful for tapping that odd brew of emotions that is life in academe (with thanks to Andrew Herman for bringing it to my attention!)


Spring and the buds outside my kitchen window have me thinking of growth. And in particular, seeds. Seeds fascinate me, from a complexity standpoint, from an event and affect standpoint. Massumi’s take on the relationship between affect an emotion is something akin to if we have emotion (embodied, situational) and in some way put it […]

Complex Singularities: Third Pass

I was going to do this post yesterday, while I was trekking across Toronto through the newly-dumped foot of snow, but try as I might I could not find the right iPhone application that would let me take a good macro picture of a snowflake. Here is one pulled off of the Internet, the photo […]

Complex Singularities: Second Pass

The idea for the title of this blog, Complex Singularities, comes from a certain way of thinking about discourse—discourse as event. For this I have to thank Brian Massumi who during my Ph.D. training gave an inspired course on Discourse Analysis that didn’t contain, to my memory, a single reading about “discourse”. The course was […]

Complex Singularities: First Pass

complex singularities are events frozen in time yet open-woven, reaching articulations– threads stuck together by their very stuck-togetherness like the fetish collecting material like the problems that prehend                      to the fetish as metaphor, too. complex singularities are orders emerging from chaoses –seeing order as a special case of chaos as a form of tightly packed […]