Midterm Conference 2022 in Hamburg

Dear all,

we are very happy to inform that our next Midterm Conference in 2022 will take place at the University of Hamburg: From Wednesday, 31st of August, 2022, till Friday, 2nd of September, 2022. The PhD-workshop is planned for Thursday, 30th August 2022.

Please save the date! We would be very happy to meet all of you – fingers crossed – “in person” in Hamburg.

More information will follow soon.

All the best,

Yvonne and the Board of RN 11

Research Network Best Paper Award 2021

Dear members and friends of RN 11 “Sociology of Emotions”,

we are delighted to inform you about the winner of the Best Paper Award 2021 of ESA-Researchnetwork 11 “Sociology of Emotions” and the journal Emotions and Society. It was unanimously agreed by the jury that the paper ‘Between Cripping and Reclaiming. Epistemological implications Disability Studies’ feeling strategies’ written by Yvonne Wechuli receives the inaugural award for best paper from the ESA RN11 Emotions Network midterm 2020. The price: 300 Euro and being coached by the journal editors, Mary Holmes and Åsa Wettergren, to ready the paper for publication in the journal Emotions and Society. Congratulations!

We also would like to announce the 2nd and 3rd place of the Best Paper Award 2021: Gözde Cöbek“What affect proposes: Swiping as a bodily practice” and Rotem Leshem and Rakefet Sela-Sheffy: “Affect, ethnic boundaries and social mobility. Transforming identities in the acculturation of Ashkenazi immigrants in Israel”. They are also invited to submit their papers to Emotions and Society. Congratulations!

Thanks to all of you for your contributions and nominations.

All the best
Mary Holmes and Yvonne Albrecht

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


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

Conference information

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