The Politics of Emotions: Interrogating the Everyday
Monday 17 December 2018
The study of emotions has emerged as a diverse discourse in the discipline of International Relations. Publications on emotions and IR now span almost two decades of academic research yet less attention has been given to the relationship of emotions and the politics of the everyday. Current debates have shifted away from grand strategies in a post-9/11 world, instead considering how attention to emotions can inform the study of the micro-political within IR. Acknowledging the role that emotions has in both the micro and macro political spheres, this workshop seeks to explore emotions at the site of the everyday, addressing the agency of everyday actors in reinforcing or circumscribing particular emotional scripts and emotional knowledges. In so doing it opens a space for scholars to investigate emotions from an everyday perspective and explore the role that emotions play in theorizing the turn from the individual to the collective level of emotions as it encompasses three inter-related and frequently used concepts (feelings, emotions, affect). Drawing strongly on insights from feminist scholars, critical geography scholars, psychologists and sociologists we welcome papers from across different disciplines to engage in creative and critical dialogue about the various interpretation of the everyday, the role that emotions might inhabit within these perspectives, and what taking everyday emotions seriously might require of the researcher, theory, method, and political practice.
Please note that there is small amount of money available for travel that can be awarded to participants but priority will be given to Phd Students and unwaged participants.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Emotions in PIR Working Group