Call For Papers | Poetic-affective rationality: a political approach to the contemporary theatrical scene.

Call for Papers • Volume 8 • Issue 35 • January - March 2023   Poetic-affective rationality: a political approach to the contemporary theater scene.  

Guest Editors: 

PhD. Lorena Verzero, Universidad de Buenos Aires – Argentina.

PhD. Lola Proaño, Universidad de Buenos Aires – Argentina.

Deadline: January 30, 2023

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Poetic-affective rationality: a political approach to the contemporary theater scene.

We propose to consider theater as a dispositive that has the potential to destabilize or denounce a certain state of affairs through a scene that articulates with the socio-political situation.

We believe that other modes of knowledge production are possible, different from the limits imposed by traditional logic and rationality. The form of knowledge provided by the stage goes beyond this traditional notion thanks to the knowledge of the body (Rolnik), emotional and affective (Verzero 2021). Scenic practices, understood in this way, are privileged objects for bringing into play the political capacity of the affects that tension the relations between power, knowledge and the resistance (Proaño 2021). In this context, affectivity and knowledge appear as inseparable categories in the construction of knowledge.

It is therefore essential to explore the perspectives provided by the theories of affect as a theoretical-methodological scaffolding for an approach to theatricalities in general and to the theatrical stage in particular. Although the affective turn and theories of affect have oriented studies in specific disciplinary fields (such as cinema), this approach has not been adopted for the study of stage practices.

We argue that different theatricalities deploy thoughts in action in which we observe this poetic-affective rationality and its logic, which place life as a limit to manipulation and the exercise of biopower. We wonder, then, about the way in which power and life are articulated, and about the weight that affectivity would have in that relationship (Proaño, 2021).

The adoption of this poetic-affective rationality as a perspective of study enriches the understanding of the scenic text in its multiple dimensions. Each aesthetic experience would expose an emotional policy (Verzero, 2020) integrated by the multiplicity of elements of the scene: the ways of acting, the bodies and their gestures, the looks, the light, the space, the manipulation of objects and the scenic movement, among others.

These emotional politics stimulate the emergence of multiple affective atmospheres (Anderson) that impact both producers and spectators. This has strong political implications in the construction of memories, in the dis-covering, denaturalization and rejection of the status quo, and in the generation of reactions from the production of rational-affective knowledge regarding politics and what is understood as just or unjust, as inevitable or contingent (Proaño 2021).

We call to produce a thought that tries to bring to light the mechanisms through which emotionality produces senses not only capable of transforming, dis-covering history and politics, but also of multiplying ways of being and liberating ways of doing that affirm the future as an opening towards other possibilities.


Topics of interest: 

Affectivity, politics and knowledge.

Affectivity, Theatricalities and Corporalities.

Affectivity and the political.

Affectivity, Neoliberalism and Decolonization.

Affectivity and memory



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