The urgency presented by rapid ecological change; the rise of post-humanism as a field of study; and the renewed importance of the study of affect and the body as a central form of meaning-making has demanded a greater and more holistic investigation into the crucial framing concepts: affect, embodiment, and ecology. While there has been an investigation into the relationships between these terms and their associated practices in individual disciplines, there has been little attempt to ask questions about the networks of affect, embodiment and ecology from a multi-disciplinary perspective. This conference invites papers from a range of disciplines including philosophy, cognitive science, linguistics, anthropology, sociology, environmental studies, literature, and history that in some way touch upon the following questions:
Do affects or feelings have more to do with mind or body? How do affective states relate to language? How does the human and animal body express and situate itself? If affects get inscribed on the body and the body acts and reacts in relation to them in particular ways, does this affective embodiment not have a link with the larger ecological system? Does the ecology, consisting of the human and the non-human, have an ‘affect’ of its own? If it does, how does ecology embody this affect? Animal studies and its allied disciplines such as natural history and sciences have, in the past, largely overlooked relations of animals and other non-human beings with people. An emerging scholarship suggests exploring the affectionate relationships between people and animals/nonhumans. This recognition of affects between humans and non-humans opens up exciting opportunities that allow us to cross disciplinary boundaries to discuss new ways of understanding affect, embodiment and ecology.