shadow mechanism, vlad kuntsman, 2006

On June 3-4, 2010, the University of Manchester hosts the two-day conference Affective Fabrics of Digital Cultures: Feelings, Technologies, Politics.  Organized by Adi Kuntsman – the author of a recently published book on online hate speech – the event brings together contributions from an exciting blend of scholarly fields: sociology, for one, media and cultural studies, arts, politics and science, and technology studies. Submissions for papers or round-tables are welcomed before February 1, 2010. “How does affect work in on-line networks and digital assemblages?”  Is one of the questions participants could ponder. Or: “What kind of perceptions, sensations, affective movements and public feelings emerge in our highly mediated and digitalised environments? What is the cybertouch of war, violence, terror? What are the structures of feeling that operate in the digitalised everyday and computerised ordinary?”

With such keynote speakers as Patricia Clough and Athina Karatzogianni – authors of Autoaffection: Unconscious Thought in the Age of Teletechnology and The Politics of Cyberconflict, respectively – the event sounds more than promising for the scholar of new media, politics, and emotion. With Kuntsman as the initiator, it is bound to be of interest to academics who scrutinize the RuNet in particular, too.