CFP : Emotional Politics - The Role of Affect in Social Movements and Organizing

Publié le 21 novembre 2017 par Institut du Genre

Thursday, 31 May 2018, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

Confirmed Keynote Speaker : Dr Carolyn Pedwell, Kent

This one-day interdisciplinary conference will bring together academic researchers, activists, policy-makers and practitioners to exchange and discuss current concerns and developments in the research and practice surrounding emotion, organizing and social movements.

The event is organized by Katja May and Angela Matthews from Kent and co-hosted by the Gender, Sexuality and Culture Cluster of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research and the School of English at Kent.

Veteran activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis (2016) claims that in order for a movement to be effective it needs to mobilize the masses. How does one reach the masses ? What motivates people to join a movement, especially if they are not directly affected by the campaign’s agenda and the successful implementation of its goals ? Deborah Gould (2009) argues that the purposeful channelling of emotion can be decisive for the success or failure of a movement. Recent campaigns such as Black Lives Matter or the Women’s Marches, though US-centric, have managed to garner the support from millions of people worldwide. According to Carolyn Pedwell (2014) and Sara Ahmed (2004), the key lies in the relational nature of such elusive terms as emotion, feeling and affect and their ability to circulate between subjects and objects. How can organizers and campaigners make use of these characteristics ? What problems may arise in the concrete experience of organizing ?

Topics for papers may include (but are not restricted to) :

Politics, emotion, and affect
Social movements, rights-based action, campaigning and protest (such as LGBTQI+, disability, human rights)
NGOs and non-profit organisations
Critical race, gender, and cultural studies
Queer, trans and feminist activisms
Legal and political studies perspectives
Political theologies and philosophies
Queer and non-binary phenomenologies
Alienation and engagements
Practice-based activism and activist-scholars
Influencing policy and policy formation

Submission guidelines

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words for a twenty-minute research paper to by Friday, 22 December 2017.

We also welcome contributions by activists and practitioners on their experience of the role of affect and emotion in their work. Please also submit a proposal of no more than 250 words for a 10-minute presentation.

Postgraduates and early career researchers are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

For further information please contact emotionalpolitics [at]