RN11 - Sociology of Emotions
An emotion lens on the social world
The sociology of emotions has grown since the 1970’s to become a vital and dynamic field within the discipline of sociology. With strong roots in the classical tradition, it has taken an increasingly central place within contemporary sociology and makes important contributions to general sociological theorizing, as well as to specific sub-fields such as the sociology of culture, politics, organizations, social movements, intimate and family life, the body, the economy, technology, social change, migration, and more. The Sociology of Emotions Research Network (RN11) brings together researchers from across Europe and the world with an interest in affect and emotions, deploying a range of methodologies to explain and understand a – perhaps the – fundamental feature of our shared social lives: our emotions.
The Network was formed in May 2004 and has grown significantly in terms of members, published and planned outputs, and various research activities. While the aim and focus of the Network remain the sociological study of emotions (and more recently affect), the diversity of themes and the range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the topic attest to the vitality of the field across the globe. Recent work has addressed the links between emotions and new forms of social inequality, the increased importance of ’emotional capital’ in organizations and work, as well as the role of emotions in politics and the judiciary—all traditionally perceived to be ‘rational’ domains; and the conceptualization of emotion not as ‘natural’ and biological but primarily social and constructed.
In particular, the Network aims to support and encourage PhD and early career researchers through targeted workshops and reduced conference fees. It is linked with other groups and networks focused on emotions across the globe, and remains a vibrant contributor to the work and mission of both the ESA and more broadly, sociology.
- Coordinator: Jonathan G. Heaney, (j.heaney [at] qub.ac.uk)
- Vice-Coordinators: Monika Verbalyte (monika.verbalyte [at] fu-berlin.de) and Alberto Martin Perez (amartinperez [at] ub.edu)
- Stina Bergman Blix (stina.bergmanblix [at] soc.uu.se)
- Nathan Manning (nathan.manning [at] york.ac.uk)
- Katarina Scherke (katharina.scherke [at] uni-graz.at)
- Sylva Terpe (sylvia.terpe [at] posteo.de)
- Juha Klemelä (jklemela [at] utu.fi)
8th Midterm Conference of the ESA Sociology of Emotions Research Network (RN11), Edinburgh, 2018
The University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Draft Programme — WILL LIKELY CHANGE AFTER REGISTRATION
Joint Midterm Conference of the European Sociological Association’s Sociology of Emotions Research Network (RN11) and the British Sociological Association’s Sociology of Emotions Study Group, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, August 28th –30th, 2018.
NOTE: PhD Workshop will take place on Monday, August 27th.
Tuesday, August 28th
9.00 – 9.50 Registration/Coffee
9.50 – 10.00 Welcome
10.00 – 12.00 Session 1
Session 1.1. Theorizing Affect & Emotion (1)
Feelings of values and social forms leading to action: How emotions contribute to the structuration of the social world?
Managing the (in)visibility of emotions: Integrating the dimension of space in Hochschild´s concept of emotion management
Emotions by Design? Squaring the Circle from Emotion Management to Emotion Regulation
Public Emotions: Feelings Entangled Between Representation and Persuasion
Session 1.2 History, Memory and Nostalgia
Emotion, memory and politics. Maurice Halbwachs idea of 'historical memory' and the current debate on historical nostalgia.
The JET Programme: Power, Nostalgia and Emotions
Estampador Hughson, Sharleen
Imperial Daydreaming about the Ottoman Past: Turkey as a Case Study in State-Sponsored Nostalgia
Hope and Fear. Concepts of Peace and War in Austria before, during and after the First World War
Session 1.3. Collective emotions, identities and social movements
The Emotional Construction of Identity – A Communication-Theoretical Approach
Collective Emotion: What was, what is and what could be.
Emotions and social movements. An analysis proposal from the interaction ritual and the cultural performance.
How to Measure Emotions at Political Rallies? Empirical Study of Political Demonstrations in Hungary
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 15.00 Session 2
Session 2.1. Religion and Emotion
Religion as Emotional Management: the case of sorrow and death
Continuing bonds. Grief and the belief in afterlife
How megachurches manage emotions
Between being “wary of religion” to “destiny is everything”: modes of managing emotions in case of first generation entrepreneurs
Session 2.2. State and Emotion
The Emotional State and its (Im)Moral Practices
Voice, Politics of Shaming and Social Bond: Protests by Schoolteachers and Farmers in Post-Soviet Latvia (1991 – 2000)
The Chosen Emotion: Gratitude, Education, and the Relationships between the State and Its Disadvantaged Citizens
Emotion and discourse: The political demise of Metiria Turei
Session 2.3. (Un)certainties of Status and Emotions
How Wealth Elites Feel? Deep Stories among the Wealthiest 0.1%
Being Professional and Acting on a Hunch: Epistemic emotions and cybervetting in job recruitments
Hedenus, Anna (with Christel Backman)
Emotional implications of career development: reflections from career histories of female professors of Pakistani universities
Sadaf , Fouzia
Examining the relationship between dimensions of social stratification and individuals' propensity for emotion regulation
15.30 – 17.00 Session 3
Session 3.1.Towards a Digital Sociology of Emotions
Toward a Digital Sociology of Emotions: Emotions-as-practice in the digital space
The 'Digital Materiality' of Emotions: The Case of Tracking Technologies
Small data: sharing emotion on Twitter
Session 3.2. Theorizing Affect and Emotion (2)
One step further’ – About affects and courage in a Foucauldian ethos
A theoretical exploration into researching the unspoken emotions of touching
Mapping the interactional dynamics of envy. Envy in the (un)making
17.00 – 17.15 Break
17.15 – 18.45 Keynote Ian Burkitt
18.45 – Sneaky Pints?
Wednesday, 29th August
9.45 – 10.00 Coffee
10.00 – 12.00 Session 4
Session 4.1. Populism and Emotions
Emotions and populist narratives of crisis
The Politics of Emotion: Class, Gender and Race within the European Far-right
The role of Emotions as Moderators of Populist and Programmatic Policies
In the Face of Anger: New Year’s in Cologne and the Politics of Resentment
Session 4.2. Emotion in Family and Intimate Relations
Family stories: Childhood intimacies in displacement
(with David Anderson,
Marie-Eve Hamel, Johannes Langer
and Liliana Riga)
Separation Talk. Narrated Emotions and emotional Narrations
The role of emotion in mediating perceptions of equality in couple relationships
Family stories, discursive repression and the construction of inter-generational relationships
Session 4.3. Emotion, Bodies, Inequalities
Shame, anger and inequalities: emotions in the sociology of suicide
Disability Studies & Ableism. What’s emotion got to do with it?
Learning to Mind Your Own Emotions: A Sociological Analysis of a Primary School Mindfulness Programme
Intersections of emotions, power and status in relation to supporting autistic pupils in secondary school
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 14.30 Session 5
Session 5.1. Emotions in the Digital Change
Sociology of emotions in digital leadership and communication
Routinization in Digital Practices: The Case of Viral Fear
Affects, social media, and the re-imagination of human-animal boundaries
Session 5.2. Law and Emotion
Emotion and judicial independence - moving targets in the sociology of law
How Swedish prosecutors and judges are deliberating decision making in cases of fraud
Performing the repentant lover in the court-room:
An analysis of Oscar Pistorius’ recreation of hegemonic masculinity through emotions
Session 5.3. Feeling Rules in Health and Care
Emotional labour in the ED: Feeling rules, gender stereotypes and emotional stoicism.
Feeling rules within secure units for adolescents – a staff perspective
/ Handling fear among staff - violence and emotion in secure units for adolescents
Feeling the way: reviewing discourses of impact and evidence-based practice in the context of looked after children.
14.30 – 15.00 Coffee
15.00 – 16.30 Session 6
Session 6.1. Emotions, State and Power
Emotion as Power: Capital and Strategy in the Field of Power
Positive emotions as general resources in power to – theorizing a basic constitutive nexus of power and emotion
States of Morbidity: The Politics of Contrived Collective Effervescence
Session 6.2. Emotion Construction in Media, Literature and Film
Taming Emotions in The Walking Dead / Moral Emotions in wild, wild Westworld
Seebach, Swen (with Natália Canto-Mila)
The Historical Development of an Emotionalized Culture – Evidence from a German Youth Magazine
A Story of Grief. Dismantling feeling rules based on online literary reviews
Jakoby, Nina (with Fiona A. Anderau)
Session 6.3. Emotions in Academia: Research, Practice, Culture
The role of emotions in changing university culture
Emotional Fatigue of Conducting Research on Domestic Violence: Impact on Family and Intimate Relations
(Un)becoming researcher: ‘multimodal participatory journaling’ as a tool for capturing emotion in researcher development within and outside academia
16.30 – 16.45 Break
16.45 – 18.15 Keynote Karin Wahl-Jorgensen
20.00 Conference Dinner
Thursday, 30th August
9.45 – 10.00 Coffee
10.00 – 12.00 Session 7
Session 7.1. Migration, Asylum and Emotion
Global citizens, emotions and social inclusion
Emotional transnationality in processes of migration
Integration measures and the subjective well-being of refugees: Evidence from a representative German refugee panel
von Scheve, Christian (with Lena Walther, Lukas M. Fuchs, and Jürgen Schupp)
Forced Mobility in Immigration Detention: Emotional Violence as Governmental Technique
Session 7.2. Morality and Emotions
Taxes and Emotions
A thousand sorrows cannot pay a debt: Debt as an emotionful social relation
Karakaya, M. Faith
Recipes for happiness: results from a web survey on morally binding feeling rules
Martín Pérez, Alberto (with Aitor D. Aguayo, José A. Rodríguez Díaz, José Luis Condom Bosch)
Moral emotions and social imageries among volunteers helping refugees in 2015, Hungary
Zakariás, Ildikó (with Margit Feischmidt)
Session 7.3. Political identity and emotions
Collective emotion as a shared product of group agency and national-level engagement: A case study of South African pride, euphoria and unity in relation to the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Sullivan, Gavin Brent
The emotional management of the migration crisis in Hungary
‘Turkishness’ at the Stage in Eurovision Song Contest: Gendered Discourses of Affective Nationalism in Turkey
A Union without heart? The role of emotions in European Union (EU) parliamentary debates
Sanchez Salgado, Rosa
12.00 – 12.30 Coffee/Snacks
12.30 – 14.30 Business Meeting
14.30 Conference Ends
The 7th Midterm Conference of the ESA Sociology of Emotions Network in Stockholm, Sweden, August 25-27.
The 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association. Prague, Czech Republic, August 25-28, 2015. (Report from the business meeting.)
The 6th Midterm Conference of the ESA Sociology of Emotions Network in Rhodes, Greece.
The 11th Conference of the European Sociological Association. Torino, Italy, September 28-31, 2013.
The 5th Midterm Conference of the ESA Sociology of Emotions Network in Berlin, October 2012. (Conference report.)
The 10th Conference of the European Sociological Association. Geneva, Switzerland, September 7-10, 2011.
The 4th Midterm Conference of the ESA Sociology of Emotions Network in Graz, Austria, September 29-October 2, 2010. (Read the conference report.)
The 9th Conference of the European Sociological Association. Lisbon, Portugal, September 2-5, 2009. ( Report on the conference here; see the bottom of the page.)
The 3rd Midterm Conference of the ESA Sociology of Emotions Network in Budapest, Hungary, 2008.
The 8th Conference of the European Sociological Association. Glasgow, Scotland, September 3-6, 2007.
The 2nd Midterm Conference of the ESA Sociology of Emotions Network. Karlstad, Sweden, October 6-7, 2006.
The 7th Conference of the European Sociological Association. Torun, Poland, September 9-13, 2005.
The 1st Midterm Conference of the ESA Sociology of Emotions Network. Augsburg, Germany, October 3-4, 2004.
(The Research Network started as a Research Stream (Stream 4: Sociology of Love and Hate: Emotions) at the 6th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA) held in Murcia, Spain, September 2003.)
RN11 Biennial Report for 2015-2017