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Thinking Feeling: An Affect Symposium

oin us for all or part of a one day symposium inviting leading affect theorists from a variety of fields to comment on the problems of affect and the future of the humanities as institutions question power, creativity and social relations. How can an awareness of affect illuminate an understanding of the visual arts or transform our understandings of aesthetics? This program is held in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition An Inventory of Shimmers: Objects of Intimacy in Contemporary Art at the MIT List Visual Arts Center.

This event is free and open to the general public but advance registration is required. Lunch will be provided. Click here to register.

We’re pleased to present this program in partnership with ArtWeek Boston.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

9:30 am
Check-in

10:00 AM
Introductions

Henriette Huldisch, Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center
Eugenie Brinkema
, Associate Professor of Literature at MIT

10:30 AM
What Is Intolerable? Integrated Art and the Research University
Karen Redrobe

This talk will consider the recent proliferation of arts initiatives in Research I universities as well as the terms upon which art is newly appealing in the context of the militarization and the corporatization of higher education. It will reflect on how universities motivate and incentivize artists and faculty members to go along with problematic and prescribed modes of intellectual and creative engagement, sometimes against their better natures, as well as what responses are possible/desirable from artists and faculty members working within this landscape.

Moderated by Sandy Alexandre, Associate Professor of Literature at MIT

Karen Redrobe is the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Cinema and Modern Media and Chair of the Department of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. She is author of Vanishing Women: Magic, Film and Feminism and Crash: Cinema and the Politics of Speed and Stasis; co-editor of Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography and On Writing With Photography; and editor of Animating Film Theory. She is currently working on a new book entitled Animation and the Art of War, and a co-edited collection with Jeffrey Scheible on the topic of depth.

11:45 AM
Lunch
Wiesner Bldg, lower atrium level

12:45 PM
Regret and Remake
Brian Price

This talk will be concerned with the relation between regret and creativity, especially as regret gives us a way of understanding how geniality is more important to the creation and experience of works of art than is the more familiar idea of genius. Central to this discussion will be the case literary adaptations on film and film remakes.

Moderated by Eugenie Brinkema, Associate Professor of Literature at MIT

Brian Price is Associate Professor of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the author of A Theory of Regret, forthcoming from Duke University Press, and Neither God Nor Master: Robert Bresson & Radical Politics (University of Minnesota Press, 2011). Price is also co-editor of two anthologies, On Michael Haneke (Wayne State University Press, 2010) and Color, the Film Reader (Routledge, 2006), and is a founding co-editor of World Picture.

2:30 PM
Worldly Compositions
Kathleen Stewart

This session will be an experiment in creative non-fiction ethnography done by making the conceptual contingent on writing. The piece leans into precisions of living partially palpable in a sidelong look or a consistency of rhythm or tone not to drag them back to the land of the little judges but to push the restart button in the game of trying to keep up with what’s going on now in some swell in realism, some bowled over place, or a little crazed pragmatic thought-cell. This practice hones in on its objects in an effort to capture something already throwing together in a composition.

Kathleen Stewart is a Professor in the department of Anthropology at University of Texas at Austin. Stewart writes and teaches on affect, the ordinary, the senses, and modes of ethnographic engagement based on curiosity and attachment. Her first book, A Space on the Side of the Road: Cultural Poetics in an `Other’ America (Princeton University Press, 1996) portrays a dense and textured layering of sense and form laid down in social use. Ordinary Affects (Duke University Press, 2007) maps the force, or affects, of encounters, desires, bodily states, dream worlds, and modes of attention and distraction in the composition and suffering of present moments lived as immanent events. Her current project, Worlding, tries to approach ways of collective living through or sensing out. An attunement that is also a worlding.  These works are experiments that write from the intensities in things, asking what potential modes of knowing, relating or attending to things are already being enacted and imagined in ordinary ways of living.

4:00 PM
Wine Reception

Mobile Reading Marathon 2017

Mobile Reading Marathon: Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own
Marah Gubar, Associate Professor of Literature

mobile-reading-marathon“I can’t bear lecturing,” wrote Virginia Woolf, as she struggled to produce the text of what would eventually become A Room of One’s Own (1929), “it takes ages, and I do it vilely.”  Written to be read amidst the domes and towers of a prestigious university by a river, Woolf’s luminous meditation on how creative minds work (and what impedes their full flourishing) explores what it means that minds inhabit bodies, and bodies inhabit particular spaces and times.

Hoping to bring some extra warmth to the icy days of IAP, the Literature Section invites you to bask in the “the rich yellow flame of rational intercourse”: to join us as we read aloud Woolf’s brilliant, self-questioning, unconventional essay in its entirety, in different locations around the MIT campus linked to the ones that Woolf describes in Room.

“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” Come from start to finish, or just drop by for a little while; all are welcome. Books, good fellowship, and refreshment provided. After all, “one cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

Tweet as you participate: #ROOMatMIT

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up

When:  Tue. Jan 31, 2017 ; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: View full list of times & locations here

Sponsor(s): Literature Section
Contact: Chloe J. Jones (617) 258-5629 cjjones@mit.edu