By Britta Timm Knudsen, Carsten Stage
The gathering proposes creative examine techniques for the research of the affective and fluctuating dimensions of cultural existence. It provides experiences of nightclubs, YouTube memes, political provocations, historical past websites, running a blog, schooling improvement, and haunting stories.
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Extra info for Affective Methodologies: Developing Cultural Research Strategies for the Study of Affect
Foucault’s elucidation of his own methodological strategies of both archaeology and genealogy were not only difficult technical expositions but also relied on particular rhetorical strategies in order to bring to life the issues, problems, questions, and forms of interrogation and even brutality that the enactment of statements calls forth. Think of the use of hyperbole in The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences (1970), with the evocation of the ‘death of the subject’ drawn and erased like a line in the sand, or dramatic scenes, such as in the beginning of Discipline and Punish (1977), with the description of a violent scene of torture and brutality.
As we have seen, hauntologies require performative interpretation and forms of reflexivity that involve diffracting the human and the technical in order to stage what cannot be seen. Interpretation is not a straightforward human affair and requires methodological apparatuses that are sensitive to the research objects and subjects under investigation. This last section will focus on the concept of mediated perception, which assumes that in order to engage in performative interpretation, one requires many eyes and ears, human and nonhuman, in order to make visible those entanglements that have become lost, separated, disjointed, and yet maintain an active absentpresence.
An example of auto-ethnography is Jenny Sundén’s (2012) consideration of a personal intimate relationship that was established offline, but maintained and developed online through World of Warcraft, which she used in a study of the complex intertwinements of desire and technology in contemporary media culture. Valerie Walkerdine, in her study of the trauma experienced by the citizens of a town in South Wales after the closure of the local steelworks, attempts to open up the potential of interviews to deal with affect by performing ‘long, unstructured, narrative-based interviews, which aim[ed] at engaging with feelings’ (2010, p.
Affective Methodologies: Developing Cultural Research Strategies for the Study of Affect by Britta Timm Knudsen, Carsten Stage