Image: Claire Giblin Forms Passing, 2016, acrylic and mica on canvas, 48x60"


Modeled on the same ethos of community building, mentorship, and intellectual generosity that guides Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affective Inquiry, this conference will be open to all (students, faculty, non-academics, and others) while emphasizing the crucial role of graduate students and early career researchers in shaping the scholarship in affect study.

August 08-11, 2018
Millersville University’s Ware Center, Lancaster PA

Like the well-received #affectWTF event of 2015, the three full days of this conference will be largely structured around proposed panel streams. Submissions that tend toward the more un-disciplined, evocative / provocative, and aesthetically-oriented (what we are calling 'interstices') are also encouraged. Spotlight panel sessions and seminars / workshops with a dozen brilliant up-and-comers—including a few established scholars—will provide stirring evidence and useful insights about the latest trajectories of affect inquiry.

Let’s get capacious!

This conference has capacious aims! In and across the diverse practices and studies of affect, how might we continue to ‘find room’ or ‘make space’ and under what circumstances might such a framing for affect study be problematic?


NOV 1 2017
Call for stream proposals
DEC 15 2017
Deadline for submission of stream proposals
JAN 15 2018
Streams decided and posted
MAR 15 2018
Papers submission deadline to streams or interstices
AUG 8 2018
Opening reception from 6-11pm
AUG 9-11 2018
Three full conference days

Of special note/incentive: If you are a published author in Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry by the date of the conference, your registration fee for the conference will be waived.

Registration for the conference will begin April 15, 2018 and is set at $120 for graduate students received on or before July 1 ($150: after July 1) and $200 faculty ($240 after July 1). Registration includes admittance to all conference events (including August 8th opening reception), at least one conference meal and special conference-related activities in downtown Lancaster.


Every spotlight speaker at the conference will also convene a graduate student workshop on Thursday or Friday evening of the conference. Every accepted presenter at the conference will have an opportunity to sign up for one of these workshops (selection of your chosen workshop is on a first come, first served basis coinciding with payment of your conference registration). Most workshops will be capped at 25 students (some perhaps slightly more, some less). Descriptions of the workshop will be posted to the conference website by January 15.

Zakiyyah Iman Jackson

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Caitlin Bruce

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Michelle Wright

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Julie Wilson & Emily Chivers Yochim

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Donovan Schaefer

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Carolyn Pedwell

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Casey Boyle

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Dana Luciano

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Eliza Steinbock

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Jenny Rice

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Marie Thompson

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Phanuel Antwi

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We encourage direct participation in the creation and flow of our conference’s conversations through the submission of stream proposals. Stream proposals should be no more than 500 words in length and must be submitted to no later than Friday, December 15, 2017. Acceptance or rejection of stream proposals will be communicated within four weeks of the deadline for submissions. A stream proposal is a single-person (or duo-proposed) submission that identifies and expands upon a specific theme related to the study of affect. Special consideration will be given to those stream proposals that address some capacious aspect of ‘making space’ (in whatever sense you chose to take it) for the study of affect. The issues and engagements that serve as a stream’s central concerns should be clearly framed and conceived in a way that encourages—as much as possible—potential participation from various disciplines. The stream proposal should include a list of possible topics and sub-topics that would fit within its overall framework. Please see example stream proposals (accepted for the 2015 AffectWTF conference).

Accepted proposals (whereupon stream proposers become stream organizers) will then be posted to the conference website on January 15, 2018 and a CFP for paper abstracts targeted to individual streams will be solicited. Final deadline for paper submission to streams is March 15, 2018. Ideally, streams would receive more than enough paper abstracts to become two or three conference panels of four to five panelists each. Selection of the papers and number of panels per stream will be coordinated between the core conference committee and the stream organizers (ultimately all final decisions rest with the core committee).


a) CALL FOR PAPERS: After the acceptance of stream proposals, a CFP for 250-word paper abstracts (tailored to the accepted stream proposals) will be posted on the conference website no later than Monday, January 15, 2018. Those who have their stream proposals accepted will then take an active role as ‘stream organizers’ working with the conference committee to promote panel submissions to their stream through their social networks and helping to give shape to the ultimate make-up of their panels. The final deadline for proposed paper abstracts to be submitted to a specific stream at will be Thursday, March 15, 2018.

b) INTERSTICES: For those who pursue affect in ways that might be somewhat less formally academic and more aesthetic / performative / poetic / evocative, etc, we welcome the submission of proposals for performances, art installations, musical pieces, film and video showings, and similarly provocative interventions. Please submit a detailed description of no more than 500 words regarding any such activity (including special requirements for space and some sense of the time-range) to by no later than Thursday, March 15, 2018. Please make clear precisely how many people are involved in the enactment of your interstice. Initial inquiries about the possible inclusion / parameters of such work at this conference would be encouraged well before the March 15 deadline however.

FINAL PROGRAM: The make-up of the stream proposals will be finalized (with all paper proposals accepted or rejected) by early April, 2018. The conference’s program, including any performance-related works (Interstices), will be posted by early June, 2018.


Gregory J. Seigworth
Millersville University (United States)

Mathew Arthur
Vancouver School of Theology (Canada)

Wendy J. Truran
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (United States)

Bryan G. Behrenshausen
Red Hat (United States)

Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry Editorial Board