Call For CommentatorS 

The Society for Philosophy of Emotion (SPE) will be hosting a book symposium for Dr. Marjolein Oele's new book, E-Co-Affectivity: Exploring Pathos at Life's Material Interfaces, during the 2022 Pacific American Philosophical Association (APA) conference, and we are looking for commentators who are interested in engaging in a critical discussion of E-Co-Affectivity, with the aim of moving the discourse on relevant topics that are highlighted by her book forward. Please continue reading below for further details on E-Co-Affectivity, Dr. Oele, and the requirements and responsibilities for participating as a commentator. If you are interested in being a commentator, please email me (Cecilea Mun,, informing me of your interest, along with a copy of your CV, by September 19, 2021. I will contact those who expressed their interest by with the decision regarding their expressed interest and any further details by the end of September 2021. We encourage a diversity of scholars of all ranks who are interested in participating as a commentator to respond to this CFP, provided that they are willing and able to commit to fulfilling the expectations of our double-anonymous peer review process. Commentators will also be selected not only based in their qualifications, but also based on considerations for the value of diversity and inclusiveness.
E-Co-Affectivity: Exploring Pathos at Life's Material Interfaces is a philosophical investigation of affectivity in various forms of life: photosynthesis and growth in plants, touch and trauma in bird feathers, the ontogenesis of human life through the placenta, the bare interface of human skin, and the porous materiality of soil. Combining biology, phenomenology, Ancient Greek thought, new materialisms, environmental philosophy, and affect studies, Marjolein Oele thinks through the concrete, living places that show the receptive, responsive power of living beings to be affected and to affect. She focuses on these localized interfaces to explain how affectivity emerges in places that are always evolving, creative, porous, and fluid. Every interface is material, but is also “more” than its current materiality in cocreating place, time, and being. After extensively describing the effects of the milieu and community within which each example of affectivity takes place, in the final chapter Oele adds a prescriptive, ethical lens that formulates a new epoch beyond the Anthropocene, one that is sensitive to the larger ecological, communal concerns at stake.
Marjolein Oele is professor of philosophy at the University of San Francisco and was trained as an MD at the Free University of Amsterdam. She is the co-editor of the edited volume Ontologies of Nature (Springer, 2017), and the author of numerous articles and book chapters that intertwine topics and figures in continental philosophy and environmental philosophy with Aristotle’s philosophy. 
Each commentator will receive a free copy of E-Co-Affectivity, and your participation as a commentator would include a 20 minute critical commentary on E-Co-Affectivity, and a response to your commentary by Dr. Oele. After the book symposium is presented at the 2022 Pacific APA, I will contact all of the participants to finalize details about submitting revised comments for double-anonymous peer review by at least two referees and subsequent publication, contingent on the peer review process, in the Journal of Philosophy of Emotion (JPE). The revisions requested will primarily entail making sure that what is submitted is made to be suitable for publication in the JPE, including adhering to the JPE style guidelines. Please refer to the book symposiums published in the JPE for examples.
If you agree to be a commentator, we ask that you provide a critical commentary from the perspective of your area of expertise, and that your commentary helps contribute to furthering a relevant topic of concern that is brought out in E-Co-Affectivity. Your commentary should be approximately 3,000 words in length, and we will leave the length of the author’s response up to Dr. Oele to decide. We ask that you have your comments to Dr. Oele, and me, who will be organizing the book symposium, at least two months before the date of the book symposium. Please also note that the word limit is a guideline, and one of the most important factors to ensure that the book symposium passes the peer-review process is the clarity and accuracy of its contents. Please read about our double-anonymous peer review process for more details.
Furthermore, please note that in order to participate as a commentator, you would also have to become a member of the SPE by the time of the book symposium at the APA conference, and to make sure to register for the 2022 Pacific APA conference; yet your SPE membership will also include a manuscript submission fee waiver from the JPE, which you would be able to use when submitting your commentary for peer review and possible publication. Please note that the JPE is an independently published, open access journal and SPE membership fees and JPE manuscript submission fees all go toward paying for operating costs and providing need based subventions to facilitate diverse and inclusive participation. Our completely transparent Financial Report is also made available for your review.
Finally, the SPE will reserve seats at a local restaurant for a group dinner for some time during the 2022 Pacific APA conference. I will let everyone know when I start planning for this social event, and I would ask that you please RSVP with me in order to ensure the proper coordination of our plans. Please also contact me regarding any dietary restriction, and please note that all participants will be responsible for their own bill.