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Malfunctioning Affective Infrastructures

How the “Broken” Road Becomes a Site of Belonging in Postindustrial Eastern Siberia

Vasilina Orlova

“broken” in the colloquial Russian expression ( razbitaia doroga ). In this article, I show how this broken road becomes “productive” in terms of affect. First, the broken road facilitates the sense of belonging to the community, political self

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Carl Plantinga

“fascist affect.” Fascist Art Fascism is a political ideology with a constellation of associated social and ethical commitments ( Hayes 1973 ; Payne 1980 ). This constellation of commitments has existed since the rise of fascism in Italy in 1922, and

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Objet A(ffect) and Che(www) Vuoi

The Fleshy Horror of the Unknowable Other in Spring and Honeymoon

Dewey Musante

two-minute sequence of a newlywed husband pulling a gooey alien worm out of his mysteriously amnesia-stricken wife’s vagina. Although the scene eschews any clear nudity or graphic insertion/penetration, the affective intention of the scene is clear and

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Toward a Model of Distributed Affectivity for Cinematic Ethics

Ethical Experience, Trauma, and History

Philip Martin

One way that we can understand the ethical significance of affective engagement with films is through the concept of empathy. By “feeling with” characters on-screen, viewers can understand more comprehensively characters’ circumstances and their

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Gil Hizi

pertinent limitations. Based on a study of workshops for interpersonal skills in a second-tier city in northeast China, this article offers a case study for the relationship between affect and ‘person-making’ in market-driven societies, highlighting the

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Alexa, Affect, and the Algorithmic Imaginary

Addressing Privacy and Security Concerns Through Emotional Advertising

Linda Kopitz

affective potential as a narrative strategy to address privacy and security concerns. To make my point, I draw on four different commercials as a case study—“Introducing the New Amazon Echo (French Commercial),” “Sharing Is Caring,” “Alexa Bilingüe ,” and

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The Cyndi Lauper Affect

Bodies, Girlhood and Popular Culture

Kristina Gottschall, Susanne Gannon, Jo Lampert, and Kelli McGraw

Using a collective biography method informed by a Deleuzian theoretical approach (Davies and Gannon 2009, 2012), this article analyses embodied memories of girlhood becomings through affective engagements with resonating images in media and popular culture. In this approach to analysis we move beyond the impasse in some feminist cultural studies where studies of popular culture have been understood through theories of representation and reception that retain a sense of discrete subjectivity and linear effects. In these approaches, analysis focuses respectively on decoding and deciphering images in terms of their normative and ideological baggage, and, particularly with moving images, on psychological readings. Understanding bodies and popular culture through Deleuzian notions of “becoming“ and “assemblage“ opens possibilities for feminist researchers to consider the ways in which bodies are not separate from images but are, rather, becomings that are known, felt, materialized and mobilized with/through images (Coleman 2008a, 2008b, 2008c, 2009, 2011; Ringrose and Coleman 2013). We tease out the implications of this new approach to media affects through three memories of girls' engagements with media images, reconceived as moments of embodied being within affective flows of popular culture that might momentarily extend upon ways of being and doing girlhood.

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Florian Mühlfried

that the obvious and the real diverge? Who or what is behind the surface? What is real?” The following sections are meant to explore the social life of Trojan horses and Potemkin villages as well as the affective responses they produce and how these

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On Photography, History, and Affect

Re-Narrating the Political Life of a Laotian Subject

Panivong Norindr

This essay considers the role of personal, affective history in shaping historiography, and more precisely, a post-colonial history of Laos. Relying on a variety of sources, official and family photographs, US diplomatic documents, telegrams and personal notes, and against the backdrop of multiple losses, this article problematizes the questions of biography and the complex links between the personal and the "historical" by narrating my father's professional trajectory over three decades as a civil servant and career diplomat. Pheng Norindr represented Laos at the 1962 Geneva Conference and became the Laotian envoy to the United Stated during the Vietnam War. His entanglement with French colonialism and Cold War politics offers a point of entry into a Laotian historiography that is critical of a monolithic Western history of Laos.

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Affective Solidarities?

Participating in and Witnessing Fair Trade and Women’s Empowerment in Transnational Communities of Practice

Debarati Sen

consumer-citizens in the global North to demonstrate their affective solidarity with producers in the global South by visiting certified production sites to participate in and witness the effects of fair trade on worker’s livelihoods. Their acts of