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The new Call for Papers of the magazine diskurs is published!

From Fridays for Future to the actions of the Center for Political Beauty to #metoo - after decades of post-democratic apathy, a rediscovery of public spaces and political protest is taking place, especially in the expression of feelings. A diagnosis that must also apply to right-wing national citizens* movements. Since the “Wutbürger”, the question has arisen as to how such resistances are related to policies that attempt to strategically orchestrate certain feelings and/or affects: So how do feelings/effects work in individual and collective resistances? What medial forms do they take on in the net or in art? And what significance do feelings/effects have in the exploration of these resistances at all?

The next issue of the journal diskurs will be devoted to the lines of connection and contradictions that arise between feelings/affects and various variants of individual and collective resistance. Contributions are requested which deal theoretically and/or empirically with the following three topics or related questions.

I) Protest in Affect or Affect in Protest? What role do feelings/effects play in protests, how do they mobilize and how do they express themselves, for example in terms of fear of political repression? In what individual and collective resistance practices do they manifest themselves and in what relationship do they relate to the much invoked rationality? What role do feelings/effects play in facilitating cross-milieu alliances - such as love for nature or one’s own nation?

II) Medium - Affect - Art: To what extent do feelings/effects simultaneously act as medium, goal and catalyst of resistance? How do actors in politics, art and digital use feelings/effects to attract attention, influence or bring about political change? How do they find their way into practices that are labelled as “critical” - such as situational refusal attitudes, targeted Twitter messages or creative performances? What new resistance formats does an emphasis on feelings/effects lead to?

III) Science with feeling? How is the current emotional boom in the social sciences and humanities to be assessed? In what way do feelings/effects enter into current analyses of social conditions and concrete resistance? How can this dimension be integrated in a balanced way? Which theoretical problems does the focus on affect/feeling create and how can it be criticized? In what ways do feelings/effects already find their way into cognitive processes such as shattering genealogies or (auto)biographical or ethnographic procedures à la Didier Eribon or Annie Ernaux?

discours brings together innovative social science works that analyse political and social hegemony, power relations and practices in an original and critical way. We welcome works from political theory and social theory as well as essays that empirically analyze discourses. Since 2015, discours has been published in its current form once a year with a thematic focus and sequential numbering.

All articles submitted to us undergo a careful process of editorial and external review (blind peer review). All published articles are available online and open access. Publications are indexed via the publication server of the University of Duisburg-Essen (DuEPublico) and provided with a DOI. They can thus be found in all common databases.

Contributions can now be submitted until 31 March 2020. Please use the submission function on our homepage to submit your contribution. If you have any problems or questions, please contact: Entries should not exceed 50,000 characters in length. Further information on formatting can be found at

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