CFP: for panel at the American Anthropological Association meetings in Montreal, November 16-20, 2011.
Affect, Migration Encounters, and Mobility in an Age of Global Capitalism
This panel brings together papers at the intersection of emotion, gender, and mobility to consider how intensifying processes of global capitalism may bring about new ways of thinking about affect. When people take part in transnational circuits, seek opportunities across borders, or are displaced, how do ideas about emotions travel? While recent ethnographic literature has looked extensively at the mobilization of gendered affective labor in the context of transnational migration and the anthropology of emotion has treated experiences such as romantic "love" as the locally specific products of globalizing processes, much less attention has been paid to the ways in which emotions/affects are themselves transformed in the context of migration encounters and other cases of geographic or social mobility. In foregrounding affect--and its production, transformation, and interpretation—in this panel we seek to focus analytical attention on how the apparently quotidian is refracted, and sometimes remade, through forces of global capitalism.
Papers in this panel might explore such questions as: In what ways is affect inflected by processes of migration and social mobility? What are the processes by which men and women learn to take on new affect? In what ways can social mobility be constrained or fostered by certain forms of affect? How does gender factor into the types of affect demanded of a newly flexible labour force? How does affect around care-giving in general, parenthood, or eldercare get shaped by an increasingly globalized economy? Are there local expressions of emotion that people on the move are faced with having to learn or challenge? What are the conditions that shape whether these lessons are experienced as fulfilling transformations of self as opposed to alienating, exploitative, and/or starkly commodified performances? How and when are emotions or affective stances--"true love," "sincerity," "caring," “being relaxed,” etc.--perceived by social actors as sutures across national persistent and divergent histories, and as barriers to intimacy or empathy? And are there some forms of affect which are more or less resistant to transformation under mobile conditions of global capitalism?
Please contact: Alexia Bloch, firstname.lastname@example.org with proposed abstracts or questions about the panel. All abstracts received by April 10 will be considered.
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