"Affect, Transcendence, Citizenship: 'Sensing Religion in Children of Men'""Affect, Transcendence, Citizenship: 'Sensing Religion in Children of Men'"http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/236721Stokes 102 - Humanities Center2013-04-08T16:30:002013-04-08T18:00:00
April 8, 4:30PM–6:00PM
Stokes 102 - Humanities Center
Talk by M. Gail Hamner, Professor of Religion and Affiliated Faculty in Women and Gender Studies at Syracuse University, organized by Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Donovan Schaefer, Religion Department
Affect, Transcendence, Citizenship: Sensing Religion in Children of Men
Talk by M. Gail Hamner, Professor of Religion and affiliated faculty in Women and Gender Studies at Syracuse University
Monday, April 8th
Organized by Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Donovan Schaefer
Sponsored by the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Department of Religion.
This talk will examine the affective landscape of Alfonso Cuarón’s 2006 film, Children of Men. Drawing broadly on the work of Lauren Berlant, Ann Cvetkovich, Gilles Deleuze, Martin Manalansan, and Kathleen Stewart, it will demonstrate how the film’s camerawork and montage convey “disaffective” citizens (Manalansan) within a depressed and apocalyptic landscape, the “impasses” of which channel the film’s intensity (Berlant). These impasses are “disturbed” (Berlant)—the film’s intensity is relieved or interrupted—by fragments of nostalgia, hope, and transcendence. Affect conveys both the situational impasse of the film and its transcendence. The film’s affective ‘sensing’ of religion emerges through a double chiasm: that of nostalgic religion/emergent religion, and that of human (personal) being/political (collective) being.
M. Gail Hamner is professor of Religion and affiliated faculty in Women and Gender Studies at Syracuse University. Her research examines the cultural work of religion through the intersecting fields of media theory, political theory, Continental philosophy, and gender and sexuality studies. She is author of American Pragmatism: A Religious Genealogy (Oxford: 2002) and Imaging Religion in Film: The Politics of Nostalgia (Palgrave: 2011). She is also the mother of two teenagers, who provide a pragmatic laboratory for testing her current interest in affect theory.
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