EMOTIONS AND SOCIETY — CfP / Special Issue – Fear: Perspectives from the Social Sciences


1st Congress of the Intern. Network of Soc. of Sensibilities (RedISS)

1st Congress of the International Network of Sociology of Sensibilities (RedISS)

“Trust, Crisis and Social Sciences” June 23, 24 and 25, 2021 

For a long time, many researchers in Europe and Latin America have been questioning the production, management and re-production of social sensibilities, researching the connections between “emotions, body and society”. These researches are developed in different fields, such as education, health, knowledge production, the mass media, entertainment, sexuality, public policies and economy, to name the most “visible” audiences.  In this context, the Center for Research and Sociological Studies (CIES) and the Latin American Journal of Studies on Body, Emotions and Society (RELACES) since 2016 have decided to organize meetings in Paris with researchers interested in sensibilities studies, to discuss and debate.

In that framework, two meetings have been held in Paris: the first one, “Sensibilities at the beginning of the 21st century”, took place at URMIS – Paris Diderot in 2016, in collaboration with Martin Aranguren (CNRS-URMIS). The second meeting, “Proximities and distances in contemporary societies: Work, discrimination, public policies and emotions “, in collaboration with Martin Aranguren (CNRS-URMIS) and Cécile Vermot (University of Patients – UPCM // CEPED – Paris Descartes), in 2017. At the end of this second meeting, it was decided to create the “International Network of Sociology of Sensibilities (RedISS)”

As a result, since the creation of RedISS three meetings have taken place: The “III CIES-RELACES-Paris Meeting and the I RedISS Meeting: Social Sciences, Sensibilities and Societies” organized in Toronto-Canada on July 13-14, 2018 in collaboration with Luis Van Isschot (University of Toronto). Then, on November 28, the “II RedISS meeting: Trust and Politics of sensibilities” was organized in Monterrey, México, in collaboration with Brenda Bustos and María Luisa Martínez from the Institute of Social Research of the Autonomous University of Nuevo León (IINSO-UNAL). On March 9, 2019, the “III International Network of Sociology of Sensibilities (RedISS) Meeting” was held at the University of Alicante-Spain in collaboration with Juan A. Roche Cárcel. More than 50 panelists from Latin America, Canada, China and Europe have participated in those meetings.

In 2019, the IV International Network for the Sociology of Sensibilities (RedISS) Meeting was held again in Paris-France, at the University Paris 7 Diderot with the collaboration of Patrick Cingolani, on October 30 and 31. Panelists from Spain, Italy, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Argentina, China, Brazil, France, and Chile participated. 

During 2020, as a consequence of the global pandemic and health emergency related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), the annual meeting of the RedISS was not held, which had been planned as the “V International Network of Sociology of Sensibilities (RedISS) Meeting” in Perugia, and this year we will not be able to hold the “I Congress of the International Network for the Sociology of Sensibilities (RedISS)” planned in Alicante.

In the aforementioned context, we are organizing with the support of the University of Palermo, Argentina, the 1st Congress of the International Network of Sociology of Sensibilities for next June.

This time we wanted to open a space for discussion around trust and the role of the Social Sciences in the near future as the contribution of those of us who study emotions and sensibilities.

Organized in 18 Working Groups, the Congress hopes to contribute to developing renewed horizons to put academic production in contact with the construction of trust in today’s society.


Josetxo Beriain (Universidad Pública de Navarra-UPNA)

Eduardo Bericat Alastuey (Universidad de Sevilla-US)

Margarita Camarena (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México-UNAM)

Silvia Cataldi (Sapienza-Università di Roma-UNIROMA)

Massimo Cerulo (University of Perugia-UNIPG)

Patrick Cingolani (University of Paris Diderot)

Angélica De Sena (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas-CONICET/ Universidad Nacional de la Matanza-UNLAM)

Fred Evans (Duquesne University-DUQ)

Felipe Hernandez (University of Cambridge-CAM) 

Gennaro Iorio (Università degli Studi di Salerno-UNISA)

Mauro Guilherme Pinheiro Koury (Universidade Federal da Paraíba-UFPB)

Fabio La Rocca (L’université Paul-Valéry-Montpellier-UPVM)

Paulo Henrique Martins (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco-UFPE)

Juan Antonio Roche Cárcel (Universidad de Alicante-UA)

María Emilia Tijoux (Universidad de Chile-UCh)


President: Adrián Scribano

Coordination Team

Aldana Boragnio

Florencia Chahbenderian

Jeanie Herrera

Victoria Mairano

Alessandra Polidori


Abstracts of up to 300 words will be received. It must be uploaded through the following link:

Abstract submission until May 15.

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Conference “After the summer of migration: Right-wing populism, media and affect

Dear colleagues,
please find attached a CfP for those interested in Politics, Media and Affect. The conference “After the summer of migration: Right-wing populism, media and affect” will be held from Sept. 16-17 in Ljubljana, SLO (or in some digital format). Deadline for proposals is June 7, 2021. 
All the best from Vienna,
Otto Penz


Lecture Series “Mobility affects”

The recordings of our Lecture Series “Mobility affects”  – a cooperation between Berlin Institute for Integration and Migrations Research (BIM) at Humboldt University and “Affective Societies” at Freie University Berlin – are online now. You will find the recordings here:

Abstract: Processes of current border-crossing mobility engender diverse modalities of affecting and being-affected. The series of lectures with the title “Mobility affects” – starting in November 2020 online  – aims to analyze the manifold affective dynamics in the postmigrant society from interdisciplinary points-of-view. The title “Mobility affects” implies an explicitly broad perspective which includes the views of migrant peoples while traveling and the multifaceted modes of affecting and being-affected in the contexts of both ‘origin’ and ‘arrival’. Several of the lectures will also make reference to the findings of the (Critical or Reflexive) Research of Migration and Integration. In that way, the series of lectures will importantly contribute to the scientific analysis of affective dynamics in  current societies. These debates about affectivity/emotionality in the context of postmigration and diversity are of course also relevant in public discourses. That combination of expertises of the Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research  (BIM) at  Humboldt Universität Berlin and the SFB “Affective Societies” at the Freie Universität Berlin in a common series of lectures promises a valuable contribution to these debates. The event will be open to the public. Online talks and discussions will be held – according to the preferences of the presenters – in either English or German.

Spring Newsletter 2021

Dear all,

we are happy to send you the Spring-Newsletter 2021 of our ESA-Researchnetwork 11 “Sociology of Emotions”. Thank you for your contributions. Don’t forget your abstracts for Barcelona 2021!

All the best,
The Board

Upcoming Conferences/ CfP

The abstract submission for this year´s ESA conference (August 31th – September 3rd) in Barcelona is open

Deadline for submission is February 15th 2021. Please see attached the Call for Papers by our research network RN11 including all our joint sessions with RN13, RN32 & RN33 (please submit). All further information about the conference can be found here:


1. Panel about Monque Scheer’s: Enthusiasm: Emotional Practices of Conviction in Modern Germany. Pamela Klassen (Toronto) is moderating the discussion with Matthew Engelke (Columbia), Niloofar Haeri (Johns Hopkins) and Birgit Meyer (Utrecht). The panel discussion is happening at 11 a.m. in North America, EST (5 p.m. Central European Time) on Tuesday, February 23. You can register to attend (free of charge) through these links: OR

2. Lecture-Series “Mobility affects”, organized by Jan Slaby (“Affective Societies”, FU Berlin), Yvonne Albrecht, Serhat Karakayali (Berlin Institute for Research of Integration and Migration (BIM) at Humboldt University): ( (Program attached)

February, 10th, 2021: Tamar Blickstein: Affects of Racialization: “Race” and Colonial Affect in the Present 

February, 17th, 2021: Özlem Savas: Affective Culture of new (forced) Migration from Turkey 

Here you will find the Meeting-Link:

3. The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) organizes joined sessions of Workshops – closed four-five days events with 15 to 20 participants each.  This year most of the workshops will take place virtually in the week May 17 – 21, 2021. There are even three workshops related to the subject of emotions and you are inivited to apply:

Emotions and Political Attitudes in the Context of COVID-19

Affective Polarization Around the World: Measurement, Causes and Consequences

Emotional Public Policy: Understanding Feeling and Thinking Interactions in the Policy Process

If you feel addressed by any of these, please apply with an abstract till February 8, 2021. This is a great academic event with much exchange and great feedback! 

Latest books (English) 

1. Lünenborg, Margreth/ Medeiros, Débora: Journalism as an affective institution. Emotional labour and discourse on fraud and Der Spiegel. 
Abstract: This paper explores the underlying aspects surrounding emotional labor in everyday life inside news-rooms and how these aspects contribute to discursively (de)stabilize journalism as an institution. In order to do this, we apply the literature on affect and emotion in journalism as well as on discursive institutionalism to the analysis of a particular moment of crisis: the fraud scandal around Claas Relotius, an award-winning German reporter for the news magazine Der Spiegel. The discovery of his massive fake feature stories caused a fierce and controversial discussion on the media about structural problems in journalism as well as the use of emotion in feature stories and exclusion mecha-nisms inside the newsroom. In our textual analysis of 138 articles on this case published in German and selected international media between December 2018 and December 2019, we uncovered four main areas in which the role of emotions is discursively negotiated (1) Form: feature stories and their use of emotions, (2) Actor: emotional attributions to Relotius, (3) Practice: emotions as part of edito-rial practices, understood here as emotional labor in the newsroom, and (4) Institution: the descrip-tion of the event and its affective implications for journalism as a whole.

2. Riga, L., Holmes, M., Dakessian, A., Langer, J. and Anderson, D. (2020) Young Refugees and Forced Displacement: Navigating Everyday Life in Beirut.

3. Scheer, Monique. (2020) Enthusiasm: Emotional Practices of Conviction in Modern Germany with Oxford University Press (in the series Emotions in History, edited by Ute Frevert and Thomas Dixon)

Latest books (other languages)

Hossain, Nina. “Emotionen und Geschlecht im politischen Feld” (Emotions and Gender in the Political Field) by Nomos Verlag ( In this study, I explore the question of what role emotions – especially emotional capital and emotion work (and their relationship) – play in the political field. For this purpose, I interviewed members of the German Parliament. In the analysis, the category of gender is central, but other intersectional categeories (class, race, age, body, etc.) are also taken into account. 


Hossain, Nina: I would like to draw attention to our DFG-funded third-party project “Das Regime der Emotionen als Strategie? Eine Analyse ökonomischer Teilfelder – Emotionen, emotionales Kapital und Geschlecht in der spätmodernen Arbeitswelt”. From a gender perspective, the project aims to shed light on emotions and emotional capital in the late modern world of work and to find out whether “regimes of emotions as strategy” have emerged. The central research questions are whether and how “regimes of emotions” emerge in economic fields, what characteristics they exhibit, and whether they can be attributed a strategic quality, e.g. by contributing to the legitimation of field constellations (including power asymmetries and (gender) inequalities). Using a qualitative mixed method design, we investigate subfields of the creative industries and the automotive industry with regard to the research project.

ESA Conference 2021, Barcelona

Call for Papers: The Sociology of Emotions (Click on the “Present Conference”)

Call for Papers (general)

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