(Image: Claire Giblin Summer Islands, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 36x24)


Society for the Study of Affect
Summer School
July 29 to August 02, 2019


Capacious Journal & the [soon-to-be-established] Society for the Study of Affect are conducting their first-ever summer school seminars! Participants will gather for a multi-day series of workshops and tutorials aimed at exploring specific areas of affect study, sharing and polishing their works-in-progress—and enlivening new and generative research discussions. So much SSASS!

Society for the Study of Affect Summer School Seminars #SSASS
Monday July 29 to Friday August 02, 2019
Millersville University, Ware Center
Lancaster, PA, US


Mar 01 2019
Proposal submission deadline seminar conveners
Mar 15 2019
Participant applications open
seminar attendees


We’re issuing this call for seminar conveners—working in duos—to submit 750-1000 word proposals no later than March 01, 2019. Proposed seminars/workshops should meet six-to-eight hours total (in a combination of 2-3 hour blocks) across two days. Each seminar will convene in its entirety twice: once early in the week (Mon-Tues), and again with another set of participants at the week’s end (Thurs-Fri). Wednesday will be a summer school break-out day for various affect-y cross-contaminations / autopoietic hubs-constellations / panels / groupuscles and other imaginings. Conveners, in consultation with the summer school organizers, will decide upon the format and time-blocks that work best. Proposed seminar ideas must address the study of affect through a set of animating questions and/or pointed provocations designed to poke / pull / prod at the (non-)(multi-)(cross-)(inter-)(meta-) disciplinary tangles that tend to characterize our working understandings and misunderstandings of affect theories.

Beyond a seminar’s subject-matter, we encourage varied pedagogic approaches to enfolding and unfolding differently engaging bodyminds through: lecture-discussion, ethico-aesthetic experimentation, procedural contamination, coordinated and uncoordinated movements, creative-evocative-worldmaking practices, collaborative psychoses, paper-writing-theory-workshopping, conceptual un-/mapping, training in some form of technique and tool-use (making / breaking / remaking), onto-poetics attuned to neurodiversity and non-normative aims, speculative (re)imaginings of affect-methodologies, and more.

Here’s the key thing – Proposals must be submitted by seminar conveners who will work together as pairs, and seminars should be designed to engage up to 25 participants—although, if necessary, larger or smaller class sizes can be proposed—during the course of six-eight hour seminar (broken up into two or three different blocks of time). Ideally, the composition of the seminar duo itself would work to build bridges between a relatively established scholar of affect study and an early career faculty person or graduate student. But, certainly, we will closely consider duo-convener proposals from, say, two established scholars in affect study working together or two graduate students or early career researchers who wish to collaborate together. We also will give full consideration to any proposals that include folks working outside or tangentially alongside the academy.

Final acceptance to the program—made by the editorial team of the Capacious journal and a select group of members from our editorial board —will be based upon the singular nature of the seminar’s subject-matter, its disciplinary/practical intersectional-potential, and the description of how participants will interact with each other and the seminar conveners. As ever, our decision-making process for determining acceptance will be guided by an ethos of community-building, an ongoing fostering of structures of mutual care and mentorship within and beyond the academy, and the supple unsettling of any and all too-tried-and-true disciplinary and citational practices for affect study.

The final line-up of accepted seminars will aim to reflect the widest imaginable landscape for how the study of affect might be undertaken. Feel free to contact us well before the March 01 due-date—at capacious@millersville.edu—with questions or requests for feedback on draft proposal ideas. Seminar conveners will receive decisions about acceptance no later than March 08, 2019.

Funding to cover travel to Lancaster, lodging expenses, and meal per diem will be provided for all accepted seminar convener-duos.

Seminar Proposal Guidelines (PDF)

Example Proposal (PDF)

Print Call for Conveners


We will issue a subsequent call for participation in the accepted SSASS seminars on March 15, 2019. Applicants to a seminar must submit a 150-250 word abstract describing how their own interests in affect study align (or perhaps jostle) with the seminar’s animations and provocations. Each seminar might also include additional submission requirements / guidelines (writing samples, artist statements, etc). There may also be opportunity for a select representative sampling of abstracts to the seminars to be further fleshed out and delivered as brief conference-style position-papers (10-12 minute presentations) on Wednesday of the summer school week. invitations for such presentation opportunities will go out to attendees with their notice of acceptance. The seminar convening duo will make the initial decisions about acceptance to their seminar, but all ultimate decisions and formal communication of acceptance to SSASS is done by the Capacious journal editorial team (Greg, Mathew, Wendy, Bryan).

Due date for abstract submission is April 30, 2019. Notification of acceptance will go out no later than May 08, 2019. If all available slots for any seminars are not filled by accepted submissions from participants (beginning with those who will register for three seminars first), the deadline to register for the summer school will extend until seminar sessions have filled. All seminars will be offered twice during the week, but please register as early as possible to guarantee yourself a seat in your top choice(s).

Of note, each morning of the summer school will begin with a 60-75 minute morning orientation where the seminar conveners will briefly address or otherwise engage with the group of all event attendees about the animations and provocations that will shape their approaches to affect study. And then, each evening for 75 minutes, any interested / non-exhausted participants from across all of the seminars will gather to share their moments of illumination and variably sensate encounters in a wide-ranging discussion—guided by the Capacious journal editors—of what it all portends for the study of affect and its futures.


SSASS registration begins May 08, 2019. The basic entry fee for the summer school itself is $75 for graduate students/early career scholars/non-academics and $125 for full-time faculty. Early bird registration begins on May 08 and ends on June 30. Thereafter, registration rises to $110 for grads / early career folks and $160 for faculty. Each summer seminar will have its own registration—$75 grad and $125 full-time faculty. Participants can submit abstracts to and sign up for between one to three seminars (hence, for example, if you are grad student and you apply and are accepted to three different seminars—you will pay the basic seminar entry fee of $75 + $75 x 3 [$225] for the three seminars = $300 total by early bird June 30 deadline).

Priority registration will be given to those who sign up for three seminars beginning on May 08. Those wishing to take two seminars can register starting May 23. Registration for one seminar will begin June 07. Remember: registration fees increase on June 30.

We will provide one or two conference lunches as well as breakfast goodies each morning. Oh, and there will be refrigerator magnets, yes. #SSASS

Core Committee

Gregory J. Seigworth Millersville University (United States)

Mathew Arthur Vancouver School of Theology (Canada)

Wendy J. Truran University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (United States)

Bryan G. Behrenshausen Red Hat (United States)

Editorial Board