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What’s love got to do with it? Emotions in and of research

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Eleanor Rathbone Building, Hearnshaw Lecture Theatre

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Emotions are tools of qualitative research; they motivate the topic, inform about the field, the quality of interviews and of the researcher’s relation to the field; they orient focus. What can we gain from understanding the role of emotions in research and how can we achieve reflection upon the type and quality of information carried by emotions?

Dr Åsa Wettergren is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology and Work Science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Åsa is one of the founders of the European Sociological Association’s Research Network “Sociology of Emotions”.

Suggested reading:

Barbalet, J. (2009). Consciousness, Emotions, and Science. In D. Hopkins, J. Kleres, H. Flam, & H. Kuzmics (Eds.), Theorizing Emotions. Frankfurt: Campus.

Bergman Blix, S., & Wettergren, Å. (2015). The emotional labour of gaining and maintaining access to the field. Qualitative Research, 15(6), 688–704. doi:10.1177/1468794114561348

Wettergren, Å. (2015). How do we know what they feel? In H. Flam & J. Kleres (Eds.), Methods of Exploring Emotions. London: Routledge.

There will be time for discussion and audience comments after the presentation.

This is the inaugural event for the post-graduate reading group “States, Emotion and Power”. We are aiming to develop an organized research focus within the growing and influential field of emotion research and wish to facilitate academic exchange across disciplines (sociology, psychology, criminology, history, anthropology and other related fields). The research group will meet once every two months to discuss research projects and relevant literature, to address relevant questions within the field and/or invite scholars to present their research.

We have an established blog to which contributions are welcome: States, Emotion, Power https://emotionalstates.wordpress.com. For further information please contact Madeleine Rungius (M.Rungius@liverpool.ac.uk).

This event is funded by the HSS PGR Development Fund and supported by the Publics and Practices Research Unit, Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology.

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