Just as feminism has sought to identify the ways in which the personal and the political are linked, the study of “public feelings” draws our attention to how and why feelings and emotion (assumed to be a private, personal experience) influence politics and notions of social belonging and intimacy. This interactive conversation, moderated by Janet Jakobsen, features Lauren Berlant, José Muñoz, Ann Pellegrini and Tavia Nyong’o, and took place on April 12, 2011 at Barnard College in New York City.

The discussion was so lively and rich, we decided to extend it by inviting more scholars and activists to chime in. You can read their responses, plus a reply by Berlant, here: bcrw.barnard.edu/videos/public-feelings-salon-with-lauren-berlant/ And you can also join the conversation when it continues on our blog in January 2013 at bcrw.barnard.edu/blog

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