Book Chapter

Affective practices of learning at the museum: Children’s critical encounters with the past

MD Mulcahy, A Witcomb, L Smith, M Wetherell, G Campbell

Emotion, Affective Practices, and the Past in the Present | Routledge | Published : 2018


This chapter provides a practice-oriented account of the concepts of affect and learning. It describes a tradition of work on affect that, while challenging the foundational model of autonomous subjectivity which underlies the psychological sciences, retains the importance of the psyche or psychological. The chapter also provides an account of learning as learning to be affected, attending to how affect, and, in concert, learning, extend beyond the subjective and subjectivities, while being given meaning by the subject. Leading with an affective practice approach, and drawing selectively on the work of Deleuze and Guattari, the authors proceed to study affectivity at the museum practically. ..

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