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Failures of Interest

Anderson, B.

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What kind of failure is it to lose interest and detach from a project, empirical scene, or cause? Should we always stay interested in our work and attempt to interest others? Through discussion of two ongoing but perhaps failed projects alongside reflection on various failures over my career, I explore the relationship between affects of failure and the event and relation of interest. Staying with the non-evental dynamics of the ordinary failures that accumulate in the background to all academic lives, I explore how losing interest or not holding interest relates to and expresses the attachments and detachments we have to academic life. Via these reflections, I argue that we should pay attention to those ordinary failures – like losing interest - that don't quite fit with institutionally named and collectively recognised events of failure – a rejected paper or grant, for example.


Anderson, B. (2020). Failures of Interest. Emotion, Space and Society, 35, Article 100670.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 1, 2020
Online Publication Date Mar 13, 2020
Publication Date May 31, 2020
Deposit Date Feb 13, 2020
Publicly Available Date Sep 13, 2021
Journal Emotion, Space and Society
Print ISSN 1755-4586
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 35
Article Number 100670


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