1st Edition

Affective World-Making Routing Planetary Thought

Edited By Simi Malhotra, Sakshi Dogra, Jubi C. John Copyright 2024
    260 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    260 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This volume fosters a re-imagination of the planet where it is seen not only as a resource, but also as an entity that must not be excluded from the political imperative of care and kinship. The authors go beyond the normative understanding of space by recognizing the potency of touch, where they look at somatic experiences that invite the intensity of affect.

    This book questions the dominance of the capitalocene through the existence of social aesthetic and records the affective encounters that facilitate the creation of planetary identity, affinity, and entanglements. With discussions on architecture, poetry, rap music, romantic literature, performance art, digital fashion, Instagram, Netflix shows, YouTube videos, moving image practices, eco-sexual movements, and graphic narratives, the chapters in this volume initiate a conversation on what it means to inhabit the world today.

    An important contribution, this book will be of interest to students and researchers of environmental humanities, planetary humanities, affect studies, digital humanities, and media studies, besides also being of interest to those studying interdisciplinary critical/cultural theory, Television and film studies, philosophy, and architectural theory.


    Simi Malhotra, Sakshi Dogra and Jubi C. John

    1) Thinking Architecture: From Phenomenology to Planetarity

    Abu Talha Farooqi


    2) In-Between Performances: Worlding, Ethical Consciousness and Affective Responses

    to Contemporary Choreographies

    Suman Bhagchandani


    3) Sound of Resistance: A Study of Climate and Culture through Rap Music

    Ved Prakash


    4) Travel, Medical Affect and the Romantic Planetarity

    Soumava Maiti


    5) Mapping Art and Ecology in Dhiraj Pednekar’s Select Performances: An Affective Turn

    Shikha Maharshi


    6) Immersive Ambience: Encoding a Digital Poetics of Instapoetry

    Shweta Khilnani


    7) Child’s Play and Survival: Examining Children’s Games in the Squid Game

    Zahra Rizvi


    8) Emerging Digital Planetarities: The YouTube Reaction Video and Affective Fandom

    Ananya Punyatoya


    9) ‘No one understands the Savagery of this Place’: Affect and Sense of a Place in

    Louise Glück’s A Village Life

    Deeksha Yadav


    10) Composing [ ] Inhuman

    Monica Yadav


    11) Non-Human Visions: From Experimental Cinema to Hollywood

    Bijoy Philip VG


    12) Submergence ‘Within’ and ‘Without’: Local and Planetary Memories in Arula

    Ratnakar’s ‘Submergence’

    Indrani Das Gupta


    13) Erotic environmentalism: The Awegasmic Activism of Ecosexuality

    Lisa Weideman Farrant


    14) To Stare or Not to Stare: An Affective Study of Disability through Select Hindi Films

    Mansi Grover


    15) Shame and its Lovers: Unstable Affective Transmissions in Garth Greenwell’s


    Sumant Salunke


    16) The Politics of Pain and Anger: Representing Sexual Trauma in Graphic Narratives

    Amrita Singh



    Simi Malhotra has a cumulative experience of more than twenty-two years of teaching and research guidance at PhD, MPhil, and postgraduate and undergraduate levels. Her latest publications are the co-authored/co-edited books Ocean as Method: Thinking with the Maritime (2022), Terrains of Consciousness: Multilogical Perspectives on Globalization (2021), Food Culture Studies in India: Consumption, Representation and Mediation (2021), and Inhabiting Cyberspace in India: Theory, Perspectives and Challenges (2021). She is the recipient of several grants and awards, the latest being the 2020 DUO-India Professor Fellowship Award.

    Sakshi Dogra currently teaches English literature and language at Gargi College (University of Delhi) as Assistant Professor. She is also a PhD research scholar at the Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia. She is broadly interested in affect theory; study of moods and atmospheres; and emotions, feelings, and their function in constituting people and cultures. She has co-edited Food Culture Studies in India: Consumption, Representation and Mediation (2021) and Inhabiting Cyberspace in India: Theory, Perspectives and Challenges (2021), both published by Springer Nature. She is also the co-editor of Imagining Worlds, Mapping Possibilities: Select Science Fiction Stories (2020). She has presented papers at both national and international conferences.

    Jubi C. John is a PhD scholar and Senior Research Fellow at the Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India. She was the co-chief organizer of the Young Researchers’ Conference on ‘As a Matter of Affect: Making Sense of Planetarity,’ conducted by the Department of English, JMI. Her PhD thesis looks at corporeal subjectivity, body politics, and sexual dynamics in Caribbean Island Women’s narratives. Her research interests are in the field of embodiment and desire, popular culture and digital spaces, island studies, and memory studies. Previously, she has delivered lectures at the University of Delhi and Jamia Millia Islamia.

    “This remarkable book of essays theorizes and performs a new planetary worldling emergent in cultural, visual, digital, architectural and place-based aesthetics. Here, planetary entanglements take place in the multiplicitous, more-than-human compositions of ordinary scenes, or in traumas, or sexualities becoming palpable in rap music, performance art, practices of travel, instapoetry, children’s games, fan practices, graphic narratives, and YouTube reaction videos. Once-submerged forms of world-making proliferate, both weighted and alive with beautiful and dangerous potential.”

    Kathleen Stewart