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FOllowing the Affective Turn

an AHRC technē research project that explores affect and the cultural politics of emotion


Following the Affective Turn is an interdisciplinary research project that hopes to invite discussion and reflection on the current state of affect studies. Formed between Royal Holloway UoL and the University of Brighton, we are excited to run a short series of informal reading groups, a public lecture series taking place from June to December 2021 and a graduate one-day symposium where we will invite PGRs to share their work. 

If you would like to get in touch with us about any part of the project, please email Polly & Joe at or follow us on twitter at @affectiveturn



PGR Reading Group

We have spent the last few months reading Sara Ahmed's The Cultural Politics of Emotion together. If you would like to propose a new text to read (this could be anything you would like to discuss; theory, criticism, fiction, poetry, an article, book, or book chapter, etc.) and lead a session or series of sessions, please email

Following the Affective Turn Lecture Series

Click here to look at the schedule and for information on how to join! 

Starting from July, we will be hosting a number of lectures themed around current work on affect. These will take place on zoom - they're free to attend and open to all! We are delighted to welcome speakers Carolyn Pedwell, Shaka McGlotten, Xine Yao, Ben Anderson, Manos Tsakiris and Noreen Masud as part of this series.

PGR Symposium

We will be hosting a hybrid symposium in September 2021 at the University of Brighton. You can find the draft schedule for our week of PGR events here!

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Meet the Team

Meet the Team

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Joe Jukes (they/them) is a PhD student at the University of Brighton, funded by techne. Joe's research attempts to queer 'lack' and 'absence' as they are figured in both non-metropolitan sexualities and nonsexual forms of relating, like friendship.

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Polly Hember (she/her) is a techne funded PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London. Focusing on modernism and visual culture, her thesis explores the fiction and film work of the POOL group. 

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