CfP Symposium „State, Work and Affects“ in Vienna (28-29 January 2016)

The conference theme revolves around major transformations in the economic and political fields of the global North: the tremendous growth of service industries, service professions and immaterial labor; the liberalization of public services and transformation of bureaucrats into service providers; and the rise of new political aims, encouraging entrepreneurialism, competition, self reliance and self activation. We are particularly interested in the growing importance of emotions and affects in those processes like the increase of emotional, affective or aesthetic labor, the marketization of affective dispositions and subjection of the “whole person” in service jobs or bio-politics and governance by affect regimes. Power relations and symbolic violence traverse and foster the establishment of a new affective order, regarding the state vis-à-vis its citizens, conflicts between corporate management and workforce or gender struggles about seemingly masculine and feminine properties and skills. We regard those power structures as constitutive for feeling rules and affective relations.
We encourage scholars from all discipline in the social sciences, cultural and gender studies and humanities to participate in the Symposium.
In the following we list a number of (exemplary) key questions to outline the main agenda of the Symposium:
– How can we conceive the transformation from rational (acc. to Weber) to affective means of governance or to various combinations of both types?
– What is the role of the organizational/institutional context for shaping (enabling or constraining) affective service work?
– What feeling rules do we encounter in state bureaucracies and public services?
– How do (public) service workers and citizens/clients/customers interact and how can we conceive the affective or emotional dimension of their interaction?
– How does the interplay of (affective) governance by others and (affective) self-governance work, how does governmentality in service professions work?
– What are the effects of the rise of affective labor on concepts of femininity and masculinity?
– Do we encounter new forms of solidarity due to affective relations at the workplace (like in project and team work)?
– What do theories of affect add to our understanding of service interaction?
– What are the methodological implications of empirical examinations of affective labor and processes of affective subjectivation?
Keynote speakers: 
Prof. Vincent Dubois (University of Strasbourg)
Prof. Marek Korczynski (University of Nottingham)
Prof. Angela McRobbie (Goldsmiths, University of London)
The Symposium will be held in English. 
Venue: Vienna University of Economics and Business, LC.2.400
We invite you to submit an abstract related to the general conference theme or with reference to one or the other subtopic and research question.
Please submit your abstract to: Barbara.Glinsner@wu.ac.at 
The abstract should not exceed 300 words 
Abstract submission deadline: September 15, 2015