Affective Desires and Power in Academic Knowledge Production
This proposed thematic stream analyzes expectations, implicit and explicit ideals, for how scientific knowledge should matter among academics, university students, the general public, media, activists and policy makers. Epistemic questions are often regarded as internal debates of quality; here the questions are about future oriented affective desires for how knowledge should matter in the world.
The stream invites both theoretical and empirical accounts of relevance as affective expressions of hope where speculative fictioning of the political imaginary of the alternative happen.
The stream is especially interested in papers on collaborations. By asking how visions of relevance, aspirations of hope and a commitment to political and ethical change is formulated, expressed and felt in academia, the stream asks how relevance becomes a matter of not only vision, but affect. What happens in collaborations when visions crash, politics fail, and trouble seems to be the only outcome? What kinds of political imaginaries of the alternative is referenced when knowledge production “succeed”?