Re-imagining Affect: A Dialectic Conceptualization

December 01, 2016

Peter Zuurbier & Frédérik Lesage

Thursday, December 1, 6:00PM–8:00PM, Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre

Co-sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities and School of Communication

Affect theory is about sensations, feelings rooted in memories that compel actions that occur above and beyond our rational minds. It offers new ways of understanding the relationships we have with ourselves, each other, and the world around us. Still in its conceptual infancy, the discursive shape of affect theory is still in the process of being articulated. The authors synthesize the approach of affect theory offered by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari with the work of the Frankfurt School to develop a dialectic notion of affect. Dialectics provide form and purpose to affect, which in turn breathes new life into the ideas of Herbert Marcuse, Theodor Adorno, and more. The dialectic theory of affect will be outlined using the Tommy John surgery epidemic among baseball pitchers as an example of its implications. 


Peter Zuurbier is a PhD student in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. Frédérik Lesage is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. Together they are co-authors of Masamune's Blade: A Proposition for Dialectic Affect Research