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: https://www.europeansociology.org/esa-conference-2021-in-barcelona


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: religion.admin@utoronto.ca OR www.eventbrite.ca/e/enthusiasmbook-launch-and-panel-discussiontickets-137997699835

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): (www.sfb-affective-societies.de/forschung/ringvorlesung/index.html https://www.bim.hu-berlin.de) (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: https://www.sfb-affective-societies.de/forschung/ringvorlesung/index.html

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 https://ecpr.eu/Events/Event/PanelDetails/10463

Emotional Public Policy: Understanding Feeling and Thinking Interactions in the Policy Process https://ecpr.eu/Events/Event/PanelDetails/10507

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. https://refubium.fu-berlin.de/handle/fub188/29237 
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.https://www.routledge.com/Young-Refugees-and-Forced-Displacement-Navigating-Everyday-Life-in-Beirut/Riga-Holmes-Dakessian-Langer-Anderson/p/book/9780367233044

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 (https://www.nomos-shop.de/titel/emotionen-und-geschlecht-im-politischen-feld-id-89150/). 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. https://www.uni-marburg.de/de/fb03/soziologie/fachgebiete/soz_wirt/regime-der-emotionen

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