Reading seminar on the affective and feminist epistemology
6. 2. 2024 | Media
What is feminist epistemology, what is affectivity, what is the attention economy, and how to study the ownership of media conglomerates within the epistemological and conceptual coordinates of affective governmentality? AFEMED researchers have launched a series of reading seminars in order to advance the debate on conceptual and terminological intricacies when studying affects and affectiveness. Seminars are based on in-depth readings of foundational texts and intend to open the debate on key concepts and epistemological presuppositions of the affective in public communication and the attention economy. The first seminar is thus successfully behind us, taking place on 10th January, when researchers debated the underlying epistemological assumptions of the approaches they are selecting and the conceptual distinctions they want to clarify and explore through their research. The cycle of seminars will continue in the coming months, alongside a more detailed empirical analysis of the media ownership structure, where the characteristics and dimensions of the so-called “affective turn” will be clarified in more detail, in particular what the turn means historically – in the current historical conjuncture, what are its distinctive characteristics, how does it differ geographically, when did it start and whether it is about to end.