Affect Theory in Emotions Studies

2.45 – 5.30pm
Room 460.4.28, Level 4, 250 Victoria Parade

Time Session

Arrival and Coffee

3.00pm – 4.30pm

Panel Discussion: Affect Theory in Emotions Studies


  • Donovan Schaefer is Assistant Professor of Material Religion and Visual Culture at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Stephanie Trigg is Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Melbourne.
  • Michael Champion is Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at the Australian Catholic University.
4.30pm - 5.30pm

Reception and Welcome

Public Lecture - Donovan Schaefer, University of Pennsylvania

6.00pm – 7.30pm 
Philippa Brazill Lecture Theatre, Daniel Mannix building
9 – 18 Brunswick St Fitzroy

See public lecture page for further details

Time Session
6.00pm –7.30pm

Public lecture

‘From Creationism to Climate Change Denial: An Affective Approach to Science Scepticism’

  • Donovan Schaefer, University of Pennsylvania

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Affect, Pain, and Medicine in Pre-Modernity 

Respondent: Donovan Schaefer, University of Pennsylvania

9.30am - 1.00pm
Room 460.4.28, Level 4, 250 Victoria Parade

Time Session

Arrival and Coffee


Jacqueline Clarke - University of Adelaide ( by Skype)

‘Presence and Absence of Pain in Prudentius’ Peristephanon


Jonathan Zecher – Australian Catholic University:

‘Organizing Emotions from the Stoics to the Suda


Coffee Break


Kylie Crabbe – Australian Catholic University

‘Peter’s call to mourning: Using affect theory to grapple with Peter’s daughter’s paralysis in the Acts of Peter’


Christopher Ocker – Australian Catholic University

‘Notes on Sickness, Death, and Loss in the Middle Ages’


Lisa Beavan – La Trobe University

12:45pm –2:00pm


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Affect, Politics, and Knowledge

2.00pm to 5.00pm
Room 460.4.28, Level 4, 250 Victoria Parade

Short papers followed by general discussion

Time Session

 Ben Moffitt – Australian Catholic University

‘Populism versus Technocracy: Performance, Passions, and Aesthetics’


 Jeanette Kennett – Macquarie University

‘Reasoning about punishment and responsibility in the wild and in the courtroom’


Coffee Break


 Mark Alfano – Australian Catholic University:

‘A conceptual replication of the motivated numeracy effect on cultural cognition’.


Donovan Schaefer – University of Pennsylvania

‘The Lust to Believe: Affect, Conspiracy Theory, and Race’.



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This symposium is presented in partnership with Melbourne University and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

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