Monday 9 December 2019
London South Bank University (K2-V709, 9am-5pm)
Organised by the BISA Working Group Emotions in Politics and IR
Emotions research in Politics and International Relations is now a well-established and rich field, illuminating the political, cultural, and social work of emotions in a variety of global processes including war, peace and conflict resolution, trauma, security, social movements, public opinion, and diplomacy. Recent studies on the everyday politics of emotions have shed light on who gets to express emotions, which emotions are perceived as (il)legitimate or (un)desirable, and how and when emotions are circulated. Emotions and their expression do not, therefore, ‘float freely’; their articulation, perception and reception are contingent on where one is located. Why, for example, is ‘America’s anger’ toward China’s trading practices treated as more rational and legitimate than Afghan women’s anger at the presence of US military forces in Afghanistan? What role do emotions play in legitimating or resisting the forces of white supremacist politics? What role do emotions play in perpetuating or contesting the historical and racialised dynamics of power represented by the ‘refugee crisis’? This workshop seeks to explore some of these questions with the aim of engaging with critical, non-Western, and postcolonial perspectives on emotions. The discipline of IR is increasingly under the microscope for its role in reproducing global inequalities and violence, and is being asked to look beyond the West to understand and study the world. This workshop seeks to explore: the ways in which the everyday politics of emotions is shaped by gender, race, and class; the extent to which emotions research to date has contributed to a more pluralist and radical vision of IR, and the ways in which (non-)Western perspectives on emotions shape the production of knowledge.
Questions we seek to address include (but are by no means limited to):
- To what extent have emotions studies included a variety of perspectives and empirical cases beyond the West?
- How do emotions intersect with race, sexuality and gender?
- How can decolonialism/postcolonialism inform the study and research of emotions in IR?
- How might the everyday politics of emotions contribute to our understanding of International Relations from non-Western perspectives?
Please note that there is small amount of money available for travel that can be awarded to participants (who are BISA members) but priority will be given to PhD students and unwaged participants.