In recent years, research in the social sciences and cultural studies has increasingly paid attention to the generative power of emotions and affects; that is, to the questions of how far they shape social and cultural processes while being simultaneously shaped by them. However, the literature on the methodological implications of researching affects and emotions remains rather limited.

As a collective outcome of the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) Affective Societies at Freie Universität Berlin, Analyzing Affective Societies introduces procedures and methodologies applied by researchers of the CRC for investigating societies as affective societies. Presenting scholarly research practices by means of concrete examples and case studies, the book does not contain any conclusive methodological advice, but rather engages in illustrative descriptions of the authors’ research practices.

Analyzing Affective Societies unveils different research approaches, procedures and practices of a variety of disciplines from the humanities, arts and social sciences. It will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as Qualitative Research Methods, Emotions, Affect, Cultural Studies and Social Sciences.

chapter 1|26 pages


Analyzing affective societies
ByAntje Kahl

chapter 2|16 pages

Concepts as methodology

A plea for arrangement thinking in the study of affect
ByJan Slaby, Rainer Mühlhoff, Philipp Wüschner

part I|56 pages


chapter 3|18 pages

Reading for affect

A methodological proposal for analyzing affective dynamics in discourse
ByAnna L. Berg, Christian von Scheve, N. Yasemin Ural, Robert Walter-Jochum

chapter 4|15 pages

Interviews as situated affective encounters

A relational and processual approach for empirical research on affect, emotion and politics
ByBilgin Ayata, Cilja Harders, Derya Özkaya, Dina Wahba

chapter 5|21 pages

Narrating visualized feelings

Photovoice as a tool for researching affects and emotions among school students
ByBirgitt Röttger-Rössler, Gabriel Scheidecker, Anh Thu Anne Lam

part II|81 pages


chapter 6|19 pages

Images that move

Analyzing affect with Aby Warburg
ByKerstin Schankweiler, Philipp Wüschner

chapter 7|20 pages

The temporal composition of affects in audiovisual media

ByHermann Kappelhoff, Hauke Lehmann

chapter 8|22 pages

Analyzing affective media practices by the use of video analysis

ByMargreth Lünenborg, Tanja Maier

chapter 9|18 pages

Videography of emotions and affectivity in social situations

ByHubert Knoblauch, Michael Wetzels, Meike Haken

part III|65 pages


chapter 10|16 pages

Investigating affective media practices in a transnational setting

ByIngrid Kummels, Thomas John

chapter 11|15 pages

The ethnography of affect in discourse practice

Performing sentiment in the time machine
ByJonas Bens

chapter 12|16 pages

Affective dynamics in the theatre

Towards a relational and poly-perspectival performance analysis
ByDoris Kolesch, Matthias Warstat

chapter 13|16 pages

Shared and divided feelings in translingual texts of Emine Sevgi Özdamar

Performativity and affective relationality of language, writing and belonging
ByAnne Fleig

part IV|66 pages


chapter 14|16 pages

Researching affects in the clinic and beyond

Multi-perspectivity, ethnography, and mental health-care intervention
ByEdda Heyken, Anita von Poser, Eric Hahn, Thi Main Huong Nguyen, Jörg-Christian Lanca, Thi Minh Tam Ta

chapter 15|14 pages

‘All Eyes Closed’

Dis/sensing in comparative fieldwork on affective-religious experiences
ByDominik Mattes, Omar Kasmani, Hansjörg Dilger

chapter 16|17 pages

Fieldwork, ethnography and the empirical affect montage

ByThomas Stodulka, Samia Dinkelaker, Ferdiansyah Thajib

chapter 17|17 pages

Investigating emotions by using computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software

A methodological approach
ByElgen Sauerborn