News from Jan 25, 2015
The workshop on “Collective Emotions in Social Dynamics” aims at investigating the role of collective emotions in establishing social bonds and creating social frictions, in particular under conditions of transnationalization, challenges to national institutions, and increasing individualization. This role is evident, for example, in collective mobilization and social movement formation, such as Arab Spring and Occupy movements. It is likewise expressed in nationalist initiatives and strategies of re-nationalization in face of Europeanization. A third case at hand are current separatist movements driven by “ethnic nationalism” across Europe and the globe. Collective emotions in these cases drive both, the creation of solidarity and belonging within social groups, and the demarcation of borders towards actual or imagined out-groups. The workshop aims at bringing together different perspectives on the importance of collective emotions in contemporary societies, in particular regarding their role in collective dynamics. We particularly welcome contributions in theory and research addressing the following questions: What are collective emotions? What are their individual and social consequences? How can they be triggered and strategically elicited and regulated? What types of collective actions do they motivate? How do they diffuse among members of a social units, from small groups to entire nation states?
Christian Von Scheve (Institut für Soziologie, Frei Universität Berlin)
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Frédéric Minner (Département de Sociologie et Centre Interfacultaire en Sciences Affectives de l’Université de Genève)
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Kongress der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Soziologie 2015