Emotional Politics: The Role of Affect in Social Movements and Organizing
4 April 2018
This one-day interdisciplinary conference will bring together academic researchers, activists, policy-makers and practitioners to exchange and discuss current concerns and developments in the research and practice surrounding emotion, organizing and social movements.
Veteran activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis (2016) claims that in order for a movement to be effective it needs to mobilize the masses. How does one do this? What motivates people to join a movement, especially if they are not directly affected by the campaign's agenda and the successful implementation of its goals? Deborah Gould (2009) argues that the purposeful channeling of emotion can be decisive for the success or failure of a movement. Recent campaigns such as Black Lives Matter or the Women's Marches, though US-centric, have managed to garner the support from millions of people worldwide. According to Carolyn Pedwell (2014) and Sara Ahmed (2004), the key lies in the relational nature of such elusive terms as emotion, feeling and affect and their ability to circulate between subjects and objects. How can organizers and campaigners make use of these characteristics? What problems may arise in the concrete experience of organizing?
This conference will take place on 31 May 2018 at University of Kent
For more information, including registration, please see the conference webpage.