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Political Emotions

A conference at The University of Adelaide


Image: A woman declares 'No Hate' at a protest in Los Angeles, California 2017. Photo by T. Chick McClure on Unsplash.

Date: 22–23 July 2019
Venue: Level 7 Inkarni Wardli Building, The University of Adelaide
Enquiries: political.emotions@gmail.com
Deb King and Michelle Peterie (TASA SEA); Katie Barclay and Nathan Manning (CHE)
Call for Papers Deadline: Now closed

Register: Registration now open. Register by 1 June (presenters) or 14 July (non-presenters), and 19 July (Professor Alison Phipps’ public lecture)

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Read Michelle Petrie's (UQ) convenor's report about the Conference





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 conference on 'Political Emotions', to be held in Adelaide on 22 July 2019.

Call for Papers

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.

Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • Emotions and democracy, nation and international relations
  • The emotions of war and peace
  • Legal emotions
  • Religion and political emotion
  • Medias and the politics of emotion
  • Gendered emotions and power
  • Race, post-colonialism, and decolonisation and emotion
  • The politics of caring
  • The political emotions of family life
  • Childhood, aging and emotional power dynamics

Scholars from any discipline who are thinking about politics and emotions in a social context are invited to send an abstract of 150 words, plus a short biography, to political.emotions@gmail.com by 5pm AEST, Monday 18 February 2019. Enquiries can be made to the same address.

The keynote presentation – Decolonising Multilingualism: What Happens to Emotions When
English Takes A Step Back – will be delivered by Professor Alison Phipps, UNESCO Chair in
Refugee Integration through Languages & the Arts (Creativity Culture & Faith), University of Glasgow.


TASA SEA and CHE are offering three scholarships – covering conference expenses up to $400 – to assist Higher Degree Research (HDR) students and unwaged/casually-employed scholars to attend the converence.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  1. Currently-enrolled HDR students or unwaged/casually-employed scholars
  2. Receiving no institutional support to attend the conference
  3. Based outside the greater Adelaide area

Preference will be given to applicants who have been accepted to present a paper at the conference and are members of TASA or CHE.

Application Process

To apply, please send the following details to political.emotions@gmail.com by 5pm (ACST), 1 May 2019:

  1. A cover sheet containing
  2. Your name and affiliation
  3. Confirmation that you meet the eligibility criteria (above)
  4. The title of your Political Emotions Conference paper (if applicable)
  5. Details of your TASA or CHE membership (if applicable)
  6. A 250-word statement explaining how the conference will benefit your research, including a brief overview of your research topic.