1st Edition

Institutional Transformations Imagination, Embodiment, and Affect

    182 Pages
    by Routledge

    182 Pages
    by Routledge

    Formal and informal institutions structure our social interactions by giving rise to normative expectations and patterns of collective behaviour. This collection grapples with how affect, imagination, and embodiment can operate to either constrain or enable the justice of institutions and the experiences of specific social identities.

    This anthology explores the myriad ways institutions work to systematically disadvantage people with particular identities whilst privileging others, and considers the legal, political, and normative interventions that might serve to promote a more just society. Taken together, the chapters represent the scope of existing research within institutional theory, affect theory, race theory, and theories of social imaginaries. Across a range of topics (human rights, racial and sexual violence, transitional justice and democratic movements) this collection critically assesses the extent to which theorists have attended to the conjoined influence of the imagination, embodiment, and affective phenomena on processes of institutional change that aim to achieve social justice.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal, Angelaki.


    Danielle Celermajer, Millicent Churcher, Moira Gatens and Anna Hush

    1. Racial Violence, Emotional Friction, and Epistemic Activism

    José Medina

    2. South Africa’s Blue Dress: (Re)imagining human rights through art

    Eliza Garnsey

    3. The ‘Affairs’ of Political Memory: Hermeneutical Dissidence from National Myth-Making

    Mihaela Mihai

    4. Character is a Sacred Bond: Reflections on Sovereignty, Grace, and Resistance

    Richard K. Sherwin

    5. The Tick-tick-ticking Time Bomb and Erosion of Human rights Institutions

    Danielle Celermajer

    6. Toward a Democratic Groove: Cultivating Affective Dynamics in Institutional Transformation

    Romand Coles and Lia Haro

    7. Listening to Claims of Structural Injustice

    Emily Beausoleil

    8. The Imaginary Institution of the University: Sexual Politics in the Neoliberal Academy

    Anna Hush

    9. Reframing Honor in Heterosexual Imaginaries

    Millicent Churcher and Moira Gatens


    Danielle Celermajer is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research focuses on institutional and cultural reforms required for the prevention of human rights violations, responsibility for systematic injustice, and multispecies justice.

    Millicent Churcher is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research draws together insights from affect and social imaginary studies as well as institutional theory to explore how concrete institutions may constructively engage the imaginations and affects of social agents to achieve social justice outcomes.

    Moira Gatens is Challis Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney, Australia. She publishes in the areas of political and feminist philosophy, Spinoza studies, and Philosophy and Literature.