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10:00 - 18:30 3 June 2016

Concepts of passions and politics


Common Ground, UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, South Wing | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Kirill Levinson, Associate Professor in Social History, National Research University HSE Moscow
Michael Syrotinski, Marshall Professor of French, University of Glasgow
Monique Scheer (TBC), Professor of Historical and Cultural Anthropoloy, University of Tübingen
Charity Scribner, Associate Professor in Comparative Literature, City University of New York
Lutz Klinkhammer, German Historical Institute in Rome
Caoimhe Nic Dhaibheid, Lecturer in Modern History, University of Sheffield
Monica Mookherjee, Senior Lecturer in Political Philosophy/Theory, Keele University
Antonio Sennis, Senior Lecturer History, UCL
Molly Andrews, Professor of Political Psychology, University of East London

This workshop aims to explore how the passions are linked to politics in theories, languages, symbolic systems, and vocabularies. Until recently, where the passions received attention from political theorists and philosophers at all, it was in a negative fashion. Thought to foster injustice, intolerance and irrationality, the passions were called at best incompatible with, at worst disruptive to our prevailing ideal of politics. But the recent “affective turn” has not only begun to trouble this narrative by providing new insights into the role emotions play in decision-making, community-building and political action. It has also offered an understanding of how fruitful an interdisciplinary approach might be when we reconsider the passionate in politics and the political in the passions.


Uta Staiger
+44 (0)20 7679 8737 | u.staiger@ucl.ac.uk


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