How do structures of feeling viscerally shape approaches to writing, research, pedagogy, art, performance, and activism? Academic researchers have long operated under the assumption that critical inquiry best proceeds by bracketing emotion. Contrary to that belief, this conference examines the powerful role that emotion plays in practices of inquiry across the disciplines. Affect & Inquiry is a three-day symposium that takes stock of critical inquiry in relation to affect studies. Our conference will engage participants in considering the expressive and sensory aspects of scholarly and artistic creativity, teaching and collegiality, and political and public engagement. At our final breakout session, we will build on the conference?s activities to think together about the following: How does affect shape our work ? and what environments allow scholars and artists within and outside of the academy to survive and thrive?