### abstract

- We define the affine VW supercategory $\mathit{s}\hspace{-0.7mm}\bigvee\mkern-15mu\bigvee$, which arises from studying the action of the periplectic Lie superalgebra $\mathfrak{p}(n)$ on the tensor product $M\otimes V^{\otimes a}$ of an arbitrary representation $M$ with several copies of the vector representation $V$ of $\mathfrak{p}(n)$. It plays a role analogous to that of the degenerate affine Hecke algebras in the context of representations of the general linear group; the main obstacle was the lack of a quadratic Casimir element in $\mathfrak{p}(n)\otimes \mathfrak{p}(n)$. When $M$ is the trivial representation, the action factors through the Brauer supercategory $\mathit{s}\mathcal{B}\mathit{r}$. Our main result is an explicit basis theorem for the morphism spaces of $\mathit{s}\hspace{-0.7mm}\bigvee\mkern-15mu\bigvee$ and, as a consequence, of $\mathit{s}\mathcal{B}\mathit{r}$. The proof utilises the close connection with the representation theory of $\mathfrak{p}(n)$. As an application we explicitly describe the centre of all endomorphism algebras, and show that it behaves well under the passage to the associated graded and under deformation.