Suggestion, Affect, Speculative Science

Blackman, Lisa. 2019. Suggestion, Affect, Speculative Science. In: Christian Borch, ed. Imitation, Contagion, Suggestion: On Mimesis and Society. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 211-228. ISBN 9781138490642 [Book Section]

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This chapter responds to Isabelle Stengers’ invitation to invent more innovative propositions to explore the potential of what it might mean to enter into suggestive relations with another, human and more-than-human. It will argue that exploring suggestion as a technical matter requires attending to the milieux and settings that shape what suggestion could and might become in all its diverse modalities. Drawing inspiration from the field of affect studies, weird science, science studies, and critical media psychology, it argues for a speculative science or Future-Psychology that mines the potential of epistemic uncertainties, foreclosures and displacements in the histories of suggestion, contagion, and imitative processes across the psychological sciences. Drawing on genealogical research it compares a contemporary neuroscientific experiment exploring ‘alien phenomenologies’ with earlier psychological experiments into automaticity (automatic reading) that were proto-performative rather than adjudicating truth from falsehood.

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Suggestion, Contagion, Imitation, Affect, Speculative Science

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


8 August 2018Accepted
17 January 2019Published

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20 Nov 2018 16:12

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