1st Edition

Affect, Power, and Institutions

    308 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    308 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume advances a comprehensive transdisciplinary approach to the affective lives of institutions – theoretical, conceptual, empirical, and critical. With this approach, the volume foregrounds the role of affect in sustaining as well as transforming institutional arrangements that are deeply problematic.

    As part of its analysis, this book develops a novel understanding of institutional affect. It explores how institutions produce, frame, and condition affective dynamics and emotional repertoires, in ways that engender conformance or resistance to institutional requirements.

    This collection of works will be important for scholars and students of interdisciplinary affect and emotion studies from a wide range of disciplines, including social sciences, cultural studies, social and cultural anthropology, organizational and institution studies, media studies, social philosophy, aesthetics, and critical theory.

    1. The Many Lives of Institutions: A Framework for Studying Institutional Affect

    Millicent Churcher, Sandra Calkins, Jandra Böttger, and Jan Slaby

    PART 1: Politics, Publics, and Corporate Power

    2. Fabricated Feelings: Institutions, Organizations, and Emotion Repertoires

    Sighard Neckel and Elgen Sauerborn

    3. Affective Citizenship: Differential Regimes of Belonging in Plural Societies

    Bilgin Ayata

    4. Nationalism, Affective Recruitment, and Authoritarianism in Post-Coup Turkey

    Ricarda Ameling, bahar firat, and Cilja Harders

    5. Under Pressure: Journalism as an Affective Institution

    Margreth Lünenborg and Deborah Medeiros

    PART 2: Bodies, Materialities, and Infrastructure

    6. Digital Infrastructuring as Institutional Affect(ing) in German Migration Management

    Olaf Zenker, Timm Sureau, and Thomas Götzelmann

    7. Botanical Discipline: The Senses and More-Than-Human Affect

    Sandra Calkins and Cornelia Ertl

    8. Conflicting Imaginaries in the International Academy

    Millicent Churcher

    PART 3: Forms, Genres, and Aesthetics

    9. Genres as Imaginary Institutions

    Hauke Lehmann

    10. Rewriting Education: Genre and Affects of Social Mobility in Contemporary German Literature

    Sara Maatz, Matthias Lütjohann, Anne Fleig

    11. Right Reading – Affective Institutionalisations and the Politics of Literature in the German New Right

    Gesa Jessen, Matthias Kählert, Tim Lörke

    12. Glitching as Institutional Critique

    Jule Gorke & Karina Rocktäschel

    PART 4: Diversity, Care, and Critique

    13. Affective Diversity: Conceptualizing Institutional Change in Postmigrant Societies

    Hansjörg Dilger and Matthias Warstat

    14. Working Through Affects: Transforming and Challenging Psychosocial Care for Vietnamese Migrants

    Nora Stumpfögger, Max Müller, Thi Quynh-Nhu Tran, and Edda Willamowski

    15. Targeted Alienation: Reimagining the Labour of Abolition

    Henrike Kohpeiß

    Afterword: A Report to an Academy

    Moira Gatens


    Millicent Churcher is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow at Freie Universität Berlin, and an honorary research affiliate of the University of Sydney. Millicent's research draws together insights from affect and social imaginary studies as well as institutional theory to explore how institutions, imaginaries, and affects intersect to support or obstruct social justice outcomes.

    Sandra Calkins is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin. She conducted field research in Sudan, Uganda, Australia, and Germany and publishes on questions of uncertainty, multispecies relationships, infrastructure, and postcolonial science. Her current book project is an institutional ethnography of a Ugandan agricultural research institute and examines human-plant intimacies in the biological sciences.

    Jandra Böttger is a PhD candidate in philosophy and research assistant at the Collaborative Research Center, Affective Societies (FU Berlin). Her main research areas are aesthetics, political theory, and contemporary history. Jandra's PhD focuses on the role of imagination for political action in the 1960s. She works as a curator for various projects and recently co-edited "The Vibration of Things" with Elke aus dem Moore (2022).

    Jan Slaby is Professor of Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin. His research areas include philosophy of mind, social philosophy, philosophy of science, and, in particular, affect and emotion theory with a focus on subject formation and social interaction. With Suparna Choudhury, he was co-editor of Critical Neuroscience (2012). With Christian von Scheve, he co-edited Affective Societies: Key Concepts (2019).