1st Edition

Affective Movements, Methods and Pedagogies

Edited By Anne Harris, Stacy Holman Jones Copyright 2021
    288 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Affective Movements, Methods and Pedagogies invites readers to think with affect about performance, pedagogies and their inherent activist, embodied and collective natures. It works across multiple spheres to help readers understand how to deploy affective approaches rather than to simply think with affect theory about traditional methods.

    The book is structured and curated across three main thematic sections: affective movements, methods and pedagogies, each of which treats the core explorations of affect and performance through a different perspective. It is concerned with the ways performance and theatrical methods work with and through a theoretics of affect. The sixteen chapters include work that models theoretical practices in writing, and demonstrates how theorising affect and its methods is itself a performative practice. The contributors offer rich examples from diverse geopolitical as well as disciplinary contexts, innovative methods, and finally, intersectional theoretics.

    This collection will be of interest to higher education students exploring methodologies, and academic researchers and teachers in the fields of performance studies, communication, critical studies, sociology and the arts.


    Bryant Keith Alexander

    Affective Movements, Methods and Pedagogies: Introduction

    Stacy Holman Jones and Anne Harris

    Part I Affective Movements

    1. Affective Leanings in Performance

    Stacy Holman Jones and Anne Harris

    2. Drop in the Ocean: On Walking with Water as Affective Activism

    Jess Allen

    3. Vogue Femme as Affective Anti-Oppression Education

    Pamela Baer

    4. Accelerating a Blaze of Very Tender Violence: Ten Experiments in Writing with Performance and Activism

    Alys Longley

    5. Sinking Feelings and Hopeful Horizons: Holding Complexity in Climate Change Theatre

    Sarah Walker and Fleur Kilpatrick

    Part II Affective Methods

    6. Affect and Audiencing Rimini Protokoll’s Win > < Win

    Joanne 'Bob' Whalley and Lee Miller

    7. Devising Creativity in Hong Kong: An Affective Performance Methodology

    Anne Harris and Kelly McConville

    8. Poetic Becomings in Scenic Art for Young Children

    Maybritt Jensen

    9. ‘Come All Savage Creatures’: Becoming Bakkhai in Western Australia

    Vahri McKenzie and Kathy Boxall

    10. The Six Viewpoints and the Art of Waiting (to Become Art)

    Tony Perucci

    11. Sitting with It: Liveness and Embodiment

    Anna Hickey-Moody

    Part III Affective Pedagogies

    12. Performatively Unsilencing Australian History: A First Nations History Curriculum

    Kathryn Gilbey and Rob McCormack

    13. Affect and Discovery: Transformative Moments of Confrontation in Performative Pedagogies

    Mary-Rose McLaren and Scott Welsh

    14. ‘They Call Teachers by their First Names!’: An Ethnodrama of Pre-Service Teachers

    Alys Mendus, Michael Kamen, Adaire Kamen, Sarah Buchanan, Abigail Earle, Abigail Luna and Kelli McLaughlin

    15. Etudes and Empathy: Towards a Pedagogy of Empathy

    Alison Grove O’Grady and Thomas De Angelis

    16. The Dramaturgy of Spaces in the Post Laboratory

    Tatiana Chemi


    Anne Harris is Associate Professor, Principal Research Fellow and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Anne writes and researches in the areas of critical autoethnography, education, gender, creativity and creative methods.

    Stacy Holman Jones is Professor and Director of the Centre for Theatre and Performance at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Her research focuses broadly on performance as socially, culturally, and politically resistive and transformative activity.

    'Affective Movements, Methods and Pedagogies is both timely and necessary. The collection provides an exciting international multi-perspectival mapping of affect methodological studies. The engagement with affective approaches from a performance studies focus instigates multiple dimensions of new inquiry and enhances pedagogical practice. I shall definitely be checking out my bookseller for a copy when the publication date comes around!' 

    Dr. Ken Gale, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Plymouth, UK

    'Affective Movements, Methods and Pedagogies brings together a diverse group of dedicated emerging and established scholars and practitioners who are all committed to the need for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to performance and other arts-driven work and research-creation. Their playful and collective wisdom has resulted in a rich collage of perspectives and practices from seven countries, showing how affect theory can enact practices that disrupt modernist and humanist ideologies and their attendant rationalist and anthropocentric logics. This book is not a blueprint, nor is it a collection of feelgood stories, rather the authors have explored, from diverse perspectives and understandings, the ways in which bodies produce affects, and affects produce bodies. As such it is an essential resource for scholars interested in researching affect theory and performance and their practices.'

    Professor Emerita Annette Gough, School of Education, RMIT University, Australia

    'Affective Movements, Methods and Pedagogies is a vibrant, urgent collection of essays from across the disciplinary spectrum. Together these essays call us, as scholars, teachers, performers, practitioners, (or all of, more than, these), to fresh, immersive engagements with affect and to new ways of thinking and doing.' 

    Professor Jonathan Wyatt, Centre of Creative-Relational Inquiry, University of Edinburgh, UK