book “Feelings of Structure”A launch May 23 of the book “Feelings of Structure,” co-edited by UWindsor professor Karen Engle, is held in conjunction with a symposium on the nature of anticipation.

Symposium to explore social nature of anticipation

A symposium bringing together artists, writers, and researchers from across North America will examine the idea that anticipation is as much a social phenomenon as a psychological one.

“Nervous anticipation, buoyed by real time political events on social media, creates a charged atmosphere where 240 characters or click-bait memes overwhelm fact, and evoke an intensity of responses,” say the organizers of the “Structures of Anticipation” symposium.

“Information drowns out meaning and thoughtfulness, generating the ‘sensation’ of anticipation. Anxiety and trepidation swirl as we navigate social, political, and economic turbulence that seems infinitely deferred.”

The symposium will include two public events.

A book launch and readings from Feelings of Structure: Explorations in Affect, edited by UWindsor professor Karen Engle and Alberta University of the Arts professor Yoke-Sum Wong, will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at SB Contemporary Art, 1017 Church St.

An exhibition entitled Structures of Anticipation will have its opening reception at the same location on Friday, May 24, from 5 to 8 p.m.

For more information, contact Dr. Engle at

─Sarah Sacheli