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Mapping the Affective Turn in Education
Theory, Research, and Pedagogies

ISBN 9780367031183
Published April 20, 2020 by Routledge
274 Pages

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Passions are high in education, and this edited volume offers bold new ways to conceive of the affective intensities shaping our present historical moment. Concerns over school practices deemed "ineffective," "disruptive," "irrational," or even "promising" are matters modulated by and through feelings, such as, optimism, shame, enhanced concentration, or empathy. The recent turn to affect offers vibrant methodological and theoretical material for an educational present marked by high stakes rhetoric, heated debate, teacher and student vulnerabilities, and extreme educational measures. Affect studies are a part of new materialist and post-humanist turns, and this volume connects these new theoretical directions within education. This comprehensive volume on affect crosses educational subfields and responds to the transdisciplinary interest in thinking through pedagogy, education, and feeling.

This comprehensive reader addresses affect in education from a wide range of styles, topics, and perspectives. This collection offers an introduction to theory, empirical research studies, interviews with affect studies scholars, and an assessment of the current and future significance of affect studies in education. Contributors utilize a range of theoretical and interpretive approaches to thinking with and through schooling phenomena. Interviews with affect scholars in the humanities and social sciences address affective dimensions of teaching. The editors’ introduction, different foci, and interdisciplinary genres of writing help readers feel their ways into what affect studies in education does and might do.

This field-defining collection will be of interest to a range of readers--from graduate students to established scholars--with varying levels of expertise and familiarity putting affect theories to work in education. All the contributions are accessible to those new to the theory, methods, and debates in this vibrant area of educational studies.

Table of Contents

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1. Feeling Education - Bessie P. Dernikos, Nancy Lesko, Stephanie D. McCall & Alyssa D. Niccolini 

Ordinary Charges

2. Teaching Affectively - Kathleen Stewart

PART I: Politics

3. Passion, Pedagogy, and Pietas: An Interview with Rosi Braidotti

4. The Ethics and Politics of Traumatic Shame: Pedagogical Insights - Michalinos Zembylas

5. Post-Threat Pedagogies: A Micro-Materialist Phantomatic Feeling within Classrooms in Post-Terrorist Times - Shiva Zarabadi

PART II: Pedagogies

6. Affect’s First Lesson: An Interview with Gregory J. Seigworth

7. Resistance is Useful: Social Justice Teacher Education as an Affective Craft - Lee Airton

8. Love and Bewilderment: On Education as Affective Encounter - Nathan Snaza

9. Art Encounters, Racism and Teacher Education - Asilia Franklin-Phipps

PART III: Materials/Bodies

10. Thinking through the Body: An Interview with Anna Hickey-Moody

11. The Fecundity of Poo: Working with Children as Pedagogies of Refusal - Stephanie Springgay

12. Machinic Affects: Education Data Infrastructure and the Pedagogy of Objects - Sam Sellar  

13. The Affective Matter of (Australian) School Uniforms: The School-Dress That Is and Does - Melissa Joy Wolfe & Mary Lou Rasmussen

PART IV: Spaces

14. Student Viscosities and the Micropolitics of Race: An Interview with Arun Saldanha

15. (Re)storying Water: Decolonial Pedagogies of Relational Affect with Young Children - Fikile Nxumalo with Marleen Tepeyolotl Villanueva

16. On Learning to Stay in the Room: Notes from the Classroom and Clinic  - Gail Boldt


17. Intimacy and Depletion in the Pedagogical Scene: An Interview with Lauren Berlant

Notes on Contributors




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Bessie Dernikos is an assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education, Florida Atlantic University, USA.

Nancy Lesko is the Maxine Greene Professor of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA.

Stephanie D. McCall is an assistant professor of professional and secondary education, East Stroudsburg University, USA.

Alyssa D. Niccolini is an adjunct professor of teaching and learning, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA.