This book offers an interdisciplinary analysis of current formations of publics that is informed by in-depth knowledge of affect and emotion theory.
Using empirical case studies from contexts as diverse as India, Pakistan, Tanzania, and the Americas as well as Europe, the book challenges dichotomous distinctions between private and public. Instead, publics are understood as a relational structure that encompasses both people and their physical and mediatized environment. While each kind of public is affectively constituted, the intensity of its affective attunement varies considerably.
The volume is aimed at academic readers interested in understanding the dynamic and fluid forms of contemporary formation of publics—be it digital or face-to-face encounters as well as in the intersection of both forms. This includes researchers from media and communication studies, social anthropology, theatre or literary studies. It is aimed at advanced students of these disciplines who are interested in the unfolding of contemporary publics.
1. Prologue: Affective Publics and Their Meaning in Times of Global Crises
Zizi Papacharissi in Conversation with Margreth Lünenborg and Birgitt Röttger-Rössler
2. Introduction: The Affective Character of Publics
Margreth Lünenborg and Birgitt Röttger-Rössler
PART I: Places
3. Unhappy Objects: Colonial Violence, Maasai Materialities, and the Affective Publics of Ethnographic Museums
Paola Ivanov, Laibor Moko, and Jonas Bens
4. Theater Publics in Motion: Affective Dynamics of Theater and the Street, Berlin 1989
5. Digital Administrative Publics: Affective and Corporate Entanglements in Germany’s New Federal Portal
Timm Sureau and Thomas Gotzelmann
PART II: Networks
6. (Im)Mobility in the Americas and COVID-19: The Emergence of a Hemispheric Affective Counterpublic
Ulla D. Berg
7. Women Activists Imaged Through Social Media Publics: The "Feisty Dadis of Shaheen Bagh" as Political Subjects
Radhika Gajjala, Anne DeGalan, Debipreeta Rahut, Syeda Zainab Akbar, and Jhalak Jain
8. Affectivism and Visibility in the Mediatization of Disappearing Non-Muslim Women in Pakistan
9. Hijacking Solidarity: Affective Networking of Far-Right Publics on Twitter
10. Affective Temporalities of Digital Hate Cultures
11. Understanding the Affective Impact of Algorithmic Publics
PART III: Media
12. Contested Image Practices of Public Shaming: A Case Study of an Internet Meme in the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict
13. "GOOKS, Go Home!": Vietnamese in the United States
14. Affective Publics and the Figure of the "Right-Wing Writer"
Gesa Jessen, Jürgen Brokoff, and Tim Lörke
15. Opening Up Ethnographic Data: When the Private Becomes Public
Michaela Rizzoli and Birgitt Röttger-Rössler