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Politics and Emotions

An online seminar hosted by The University of Western Australia


Image: Quadell, Photo of a video surveillance sign, 2004, Wikimedia Commons

Date: 17 September 2021
Time: 11:00am AWST / 12:30pm ACST/ 1:00pm AEST
Venue: Online via Zoom. Please email emotions@uwa.edu.au for connection details. 
Enquiries: emotions@uwa.edu.au


Louise D'Arcens (Macquarie University)


Katie Barclay (The University of Adelaide)

‘What does safety feel like? Security as emotion’

Security is often framed in terms of physical health, economic subsistence or safety from harm. But it is also something felt. Using some historical examples, this paper opens up a conversation about what it means to feel safe and how such feeling is enabled, or not.

Katie Barclay is Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotions and Associate Professor in History.

Lise Waldek (Macquarie University)

'Terrified or just curious - young people and online violent extremist content'

Online violent extremist content often seeks to terrify and shock. This has generated what could be described as a moral panic among adult audiences including governments. Focus groups conducted with young people highlight a more complex array of emotions including curiosity and humour. This raises questions about existing moderation strategies and the resilience of young people to effectively navigate the digital environment.

Lise Waldek is a researcher in countering violent extremism and terrorism in the Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University. 


Each speaker will give a short presentation (no more than 10 minutes), followed by group discussion.

Recommended Reading

Attendees may be interested in reading the new special issue of Emotions: History, Culture, Society 5.1 (2021), ‘Political Emotions and Ideological Performance’, edited by Louise D'Arcens and Lise Waldek before the seminar.