Conveners

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.

#SSASS SEMINAR CONVENER-DUOS
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.

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