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Political Emotions Conference

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The Australian Sociological Association’s Sociology of Emotions and Affect Thematic Group (TASA_SEA), together with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE), invites you to a two-day conference on political emotions, to be held in Adelaide on 22-23 July 2019. 
From Obama’s hope to Trump’s ‘Emoto-Coaster’, the significance of emotion to political relationships has never been more apparent. Emotions are increasingly viewed as key to interpreting rising nationalisms in Europe, media responses to terrorism, or the backroom dealings of politicians imagined with murderous intentions towards their colleagues. Emotions are not just for high-politics, of course, but implicated in power relationships at all social levels – infusing analyses of class, gender and race, household dynamics, or the relationship between researcher and the researched. Emotions can be imagined as political through their role in shaping and mediating human relationships, but also as politicised when performed or practiced in everyday life. As ‘regimes’ or in the formation of ‘communities’, emotions can be imagined as social structure, producing the boundaries of the political and enabling historical change.
22-23 July 2019


University of Adelaide, South Australia


  • Presenters: 1 June 2019
  • Non-presenters: 14th July 2019


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Associate Professor Deb King and Dr Michelle Peterie (TASA_SEA)  

Dr Katie Barlay and Dr Nathan Manning (CHE)