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Special Issue "Emotions and Affect in the Humanities, Creative Arts, and Performance

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Special Issue "Emotions and Affect in the Humanities, Creative Arts, and Performance

A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 2 May 2016

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Peta Tait
Theatre and Drama, School of Humanities, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce, La Trobe University, Melbourne VIC 3086, Australia
Website: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/humanities/about/staff/profile?uname=PLTait
Phone: +61-3-9479-1712
Interests: performance studies; theatre and drama and interdisciplinary approaches to the emotions; circus; animals and environmental humanities

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The humanities and creative arts illuminate the ways in which the emotions, emotional feelings, affect, and mood are communicated through language and physical expression. They offer diverse perspectives on how personal experience intersects with social significance. This Special Issue invites responses to the question: given scientific and other disciplinary studies, how might the humanities and the creative arts make a distinctive contribution to the cultural understanding of emotions and, thus, to knowledge? Emotions and affect have a crucial function in the creation of connections, linkages, or “assemblages” in human-to-human, as well as human-to-nonhuman animal bonds. Performance, in particular, has been central to ideas of expressive display and the delineation of rules and limits within emotional exchanges, and the histories of literature, theatre, and cinema reveal how these processes change over time. However, it is likely that performance, cinema, literature, and other art forms and media are not simply reflecting social change but also influencing it, and this dynamism invites textual interpretation, as well as consideration, of how the phenomenology of emotion unfolds in lived worlds.

There are Special Issues, for example: New Literary History 4; PMLA on Emotions forthcoming in October 2015.

Prof. Dr. Peta Tait
Guest Editor


Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Humanities is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. For the first couple of issues the Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived for well-prepared manuscripts. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.


Ahmed, Sara. The Cultural Politics of Emotion. New York: Routledge, 2004.

Gregg, Melissa and Seigworth, Gregory (eds). The Affect Theory Reader. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.

Hurley, Erin. Theatre and Feeling. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Konijn, Elly. Acting Emotions. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2000.

Plantinga, Carl. (2009) Moving Viewers: American Film and the Spectator’s Experience (Berkeley: University of California).

Plantinga, Carl and Smith, Greg M. (1999) Passionate Views (Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press.

Thompson, James. Performance Affects: applied theatre and the end of effect. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Welton, Martin. Feeling Theatre, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.


  • emotions
  • affect
  • emotional feeling
  • creative arts
  • performance
  • cinema
  • literature

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