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Emotional Politics: The Role of Affect in Social Movements and Organizing

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University of Kent

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Canterbury

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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 channelling 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?

Conference streams include:

  • Affected collectives;

  • Social movements and affective media representation;

  • Organising and the ethics of care;

  • Embedded in activism;

  • Affective struggles;

  • Affective sites of communication.

Confirmed keynote speaker: Dr Carolyn Pedwell (Reader in Cultural Studies, University of Kent).

More details: https://emotionalpolitics.wordpress.com/

Facebook group: Search "Emotional Politics".

Twitter: @emotionpolitics


**Strike action disclaimer**

UK universities have been in the midst of industrial action for the past four weeks in a dispute over pensions. Negotiations are still ongoing and it has been announced that there will be another 14 strike days planned for the exam period (April to June).

We are planning on going ahead with our conference, but we are waiting to hear about the details of this further industrial action. We will be in touch as soon as possible to let you know whether the conference clashes with any further strike dates.

We were particularly keen to include this informaiton now in case any attendees would like to look into travel insurance for nonrefundable expenses in case the conference will have to be rescheduled due to strike action.

We are sorry for any uncertainty this causes and will be updating this inforpmaiton as we learn more about the strike activity.

If you have any questions, please contact us at emotionalpolitics@gmail.com

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