Faculty Colloquium: Masculinity and Affect

April 6, 2017 - 11:00pm to April 7, 2017 - 6:00pm

Location and Address

Humanities Center 

602 Cathedral of Learning 


Sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program. Cosponsored by the Humanities Center, the Year of Diversity, the European Studies Center, the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Communication.


This event is free and open to all graduate students and faculty at Pitt or elsewhere. There is no registration fee to attend. 


Please view the wesbite for full details and the list of presenters: https://www.affectivemasculinity.com


The Readings are available at the links below: 

The Cultural Politics of Emotion by Sara Ahmed Intro_Chapter 7 

Cruel Optimism by Lauren Berlant Intro_Chapter 1

The Autonomy of Affect by Brian Massumi



Affect and affect studies has some natural points of contact with masculinity and masculinity studies.  Masculinity scholars have often discussed issues of how emotion are figured in and by notions of masculinity.  Thinking about these issues through the lens of affect theory—which stresses such concepts as energy, force, and pre-conscious bodily sensation that are often seen as parallel with, but not reducible to, emotion—should provide an important opportunity to investigate masculinity in ways that are both consonant with, and innovative of, more established approaches within masculinity studies.  Our discussions of sexual assault, the discussions surrounding transgender identity, and even the political campaign of Donald Trump—all important issues both on college campuses and in the wider culture—would benefit from a careful consideration of the connections between masculinity and affect. This colloquium aims to generate knowledge around this topic.


For more information, contact Todd Reeser at reeser@pitt.edu


This hands-on colloquium will feature a discussion-based session on precirculated readings, methodological papers, and case studies.