Lecture: Affective Atmospheres and Domestic Violence | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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Lecture: Affective Atmospheres and Domestic Violence

November 5, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Lucas Gottzén, associate professor, Stockholm University, Sweden

Sponsored by GSWS. Cosponsored by the European Studies Center and the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences.

Abstract: Drawing on data from two qualitative studies on masculinity and domestic violence in Sweden, this paper discusses the relation between space, affect and violence. Affect is here seen as embodied emotional expressions, as well as the action-potential of human and non-human materialities. More specifically, I argue that the concept of “affective atmospheres” is useful to understand the relation between place and violence. Affective atmospheres are experiences that occur before and alongside the formation of subjectivity. They are forming and deforming as bodies enter into relation with one another. I demonstrate how atmospheres of safety and fear may coalesce around and within certain places, but also how atmospheres alter and are experienced differently by perpetrators and victims of violence. The importance of these affective atmospheres stems from the associations they inspire of fear, worry, anger, etc., the ‘structures of feeling’ that make certain emotions possible and intelligible, as well as the movement of human and non-human materialities. 

An undergraduate colloquium will be held with Prof. Gottzén, from 11:00-12:15, on the topic: "Displaying Shame: Masculinity and Responses to Men’s Violence against Women." Email Prof. Reeser [reeser@pit.edu] to register and to receive a copy of the reading.

Prof. Gottzen is a well-known specialist in masculinity and childhood studies and Editor-in-chief of Norma: International Journal for Masculinity Studies

He is associate professor in the Departement of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University.

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