Skip to main content

Sociology: Events


Patricia Clough Lecture & Workshop

Patricia Clough Lecture & Workshop
Hosted by: Sociology # University of Edinburgh; Speaker: Patricia Ticineto Clough # City University of New York
Hosted by
Introduced by
Date and Time
2nd May 2017 16:00 - 3rd May 2017 17:00
Room 1.20 Dugald Stewart Building | Room 4.06, 31 Buccleuch Place


Patricia Ticineto Clough 

Patricia Ticineto Clough is professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center and Queens College of the City University of New York. Recent publications include, Autoaffection: Unconscious Thought in the Age of Teletechnology, editor of The Affective Turn: Theorizing the Social, and co-editor of Beyond Biopolitics: Essays on the Governance of Life and Death. Clough’s work has drawn on theoretical traditions concerned with technology, affect, unconscious processes, political economy and experimental methods of research and presentation. She also is a psychoanalyst practicing in NYC. 


Tuesday lecture 

2nd May : 4.00 to 6.00pm 

Room 1.20 Dugald Stewart Building

“Ecstatic Corona: From Ethnography to Performance” 

In this presentation, Patricia Ticineto Clough tells of her return to Corona in Queens New York City where she grew up in the 1950s. Spending a number of years, returning again and again to Corona, Clough found herself joined by a number of young adults who together with her explored growing up in Corona and the experience of living in communities that due to various forces bear more violence, more hatred and perhaps more love than other places do. She tells of how her engagement with those she calls the Corona group led them to turn their time together into multi-media performances about their experiences of studying together. Drawing on a number of critical theorists, Clough describes this move from ethnography to studying together to performance as a production of “documentation in biopolitical times.” 


Wednesday seminar 

3rd May : 2.00 to 5.00pm 

Room 4.06, 31 Buccleuch Place 

“Exploring Together: Steps Toward a ‘Hesitant Sociology’” 

Drawing on what Fred Moten refers to as a ‘hesitant sociology,’ our discussion will draw on Tuesday night’s presentation of “Ecstatic Corona: From Ethnography to Performance” to discuss experimental methods of study and presentation. In addition to Tuesday night’s presentation, we will take up other experimental writings that have been inspired by my return to Corona in order both to explore further the relevancy of performance in relationship to digital media and computational technologies and to introduce what I have called the “user unconscious.” 


Email Sue Larsen to book

View of rooftops