Affective Intimacies

Book launch, wine reception

Thursday December 1, 2022 (Tellus: Stage)


We are very pleased to announce the publication of Affective Intimacies, a collection edited by Marjo Kolehmainen, Annukka Lahti and Kinneret Lahad (Manchester University Press, 2022). We thus warmly welcome you to join us to a book launch and wine reception on Thursday December 1 at 18.00 at the Feminist Matterings: Indigenous and Arctic Engagements Conference, University of Oulu (venue: Tellus: Stage). The event is free of charge and no registration is required.

To celebrate the launch, the book can be purchased with a reduced price: To order this book visit and apply discount code FEMINIST30 at the checkout. The discount code is valid until the end of this year.

The volume has been made freely available online, thanks to the support of Knowledge Unlatched. Link to the open access version:


Wine reception (also non-alcoholic beverages available)

Welcome and brief introduction: Dr Marjo Kolehmainen (Turku Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Turku) and Dr Annukka Lahti (University of Eastern Finland)

Commentary: Dr Johanna Hiitola, Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies, University of Oulu

About the book:

Affective intimacies provides a novel platform to re-evaluate the notion of open-ended intimacies through the lens of affect theories. Contributors address the embodied, affective and psychic, sensorial and embodied aspects of their ongoing intimate entanglements across various timely phenomena. This fascinating collection asks how the study of affect enables us to rethink intimacies, what affect theories can do to the prevailing notion of intimacy and how they renew and enrich theories of intimacy in a manner which also considers its normative and violent forms.

This collection brings together a selection of original chapters which invite readers to rethink such concepts as care, closeness and connectivity through the notion of affective intimacies. Based on rigorous research, it offers novel insights on a variety of themes from austerity culture to online discussions on regretting motherhood, from anti-ableist notions of health to teletherapies in the era of COVID-19, and from queer intimacies to critiques of empathy.

Lively and thought-provoking, this collection contributes to timely topics across the social sciences, representing multiple disciplines from gender studies, sociology and cultural studies to anthropology and queer studies. By so doing, it advances the value of interdisciplinary perspectives and creative methodologies for understanding affective intimacies.

Keywords: affects; intimacy; more-than-human; gender; materiality; spatiality; qualitative methods; inequalities; sexuality; post-humanism.

The event is sponsored by Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS), University of Turku and Department of Social Sciences, University of Eastern Finland.