SARA AHMED is a professor of race and cultural studies at Goldsmiths
College, University of London. She works at the intersection between
feminist, queer, and critical race theory. Her previous books include
Di√erences That Matter: Feminist Theory and Postmodernism (1998),
Strange Encounters: Embodied Others in Post-Coloniality (2000), The Cul-
tural Politics of Emotion (2004), Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Ob-
jects, Others (2006), and The Promise of Happiness (2010). She is working
on her next book, Doing Diversity: Racism and Educated Subjects.
BEN ANDERSON is a lecturer in human geography in the Department
of Geography at Durham University (U.K.). His research falls into three
areas: ethnographic research on the circulation of boredom and hope in
contemporary Western everyday life; work on the emergence of a√ect as
an object of governance in urban policy, science and technology policy,
and military policy; and work that thinks through utopianism as an
a√ective ethos of engagement. He is currently writing a book entitled
Spaces of A√ect and Emotion that synthesizes this work into an explicitly
spatial theory of a√ect and emotion.
LAUREN BERLANT is the George M. Pullman Professor of English and
the director of the Lesbian and Gay Studies Project at the Center for
Gender Studies at the University of Chicago. Developing a concept of
a√ective publics since The Anatomy of National Fantasy: Hawthorne,
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