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8th Midterm Conference of the ESA Sociology of Emotions Research Network (RN11), Edinburgh, 2018

August 28th – 30th, 2018

The University of Edinburgh, Scotland


This is the call for papers for the 8th midterm conference of the European Sociological Association’s Sociology of Emotions Research Network (RN11). This year the midterm will be organized jointly with the British Sociological Association’s Sociology of Emotions Study Group. The midterm conference will be hosted in the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and will take place from August 28th –30th, 2018. There will also be a PhD student workshop on the 27th of August with Stina Bergman Blix (Uppsala) and Mary Holmes (Edinburgh).

While all high quality abstracts on any topic in the sociology of emotion are welcome, proposed sessions include:

  • Theorizing Affect and Emotion
  • Emotions, Morality and Normativity
  • Emotion, Discourse, Media, and Literature
  • New Methodologies for Researching Emotions
  • Emotions, Civic Action and Social Movements
  • Collective Emotions and Identity
  • Digital Sociology of Emotion
  • Emotion, Reason and Law
  • Emotions in Organizations
  • Emotion and Religion
  • Emotions in Family and Intimate Life
  • Emotions, Power and Status
  • Emotions, Finance and Political Economy
  • Emotions, Politics and the State
  • Migration, Globalization and Emotions

Abstracts not exceeding 300 words should be sent by the 2nd of March 2018 to Jonathan at: rn11midterm17@gmail.com. Please indicate whether your abstract is for a specific session. If you want to participate in the PhD student workshop, clearly indicate this in the subject line of the email, and also send a short (1- page) description of your doctoral research project. Decisions and other info will be sent at the end of April, 2018.


PhD kursus i Emotionssociologi i København og Göteborg forår 2018

Göteborg Universitet, Københavns Universitet og Aalborg Universitet udbyder i samarbejde et PhD-kursus i emotionssociologi i foråret 2018, med undervisning 28.2-2.3, 5.4, 3.5-4.5. Kursusbeskrivelsen kan ses nedenfor.

Kontakt monrad@socsci.aau.dk hvis du har spørgsmål til kurset.

Registrering til kurset sendes til Anna-karin.wiberg@gu.se eller phd@soc.ku.dk.

Kursusbeskrivelse Sociology of Emotions, Spring 2018 (7,5 ECTS)

The course is offered in collaboration between The Department of Sociology at the University of Copenhagen, the Department of Sociology and Work Science at the University of Gothenburg and the Doctoral School of Social Sciences at Aalborg University.

The course runs on half-time (50%) over ten weeks.

Course teachers

Poul Poder, pp@soc.ku.dk

Åsa Wettergren, asa.wettergren@socav.gu.se

Merete Monrad, monrad@socsci.aau.dk

 Guest teachers

Deborah Gould, University of California, Santa Cruz

Kerstin Jacobson, kerstin.jacobson@socav.gu.se


Course language

The teaching language of the course is English.

Aim of the course

The aim of the course it to familiarize students with classical and contemporary perspectives in the sociology of emotions, to enable students to critically discuss theoretical assumptions, methodological approaches and empirical results within the sociology of emotions and to construct a theoretical framework and methodological approach to a specific research problem in the student’s own ongoing or planned project.

Course content

The study of emotions is inherently multidisciplinary as it engages with biological and psychological as well as social and cultural theory and research. With this point of departure, the focus of the sociological discipline, as well as of this course, is on the social, and sociologically relevant, aspects of emotions. The course offers a broad overview of theories and research in the sociology of emotions, spanning from the classics to contemporary theories and research. Both structural and situational/interactional approaches to the role of emotions in social life are explored. Part of the course deals with ongoing research, through which there is opportunity to study and discuss various methods employed and ways to apply and develop theory in the analysis of empirical data. All participants are required to read and relate some key texts (compulsory literature), but thereafter encouraged to focus independently on their own area of research.

The course begins with a series of lectures on sociological approaches to emotions, some current debates, and the exemplification of ongoing research projects. These lectures are followed by a series of short workshops where participant’s potential approaches are worked out with guidance from the teachers. An online midterm seminar, to discuss literature and ideas for exam papers, will be arranged about midterm of the course period. For the remaining part of the course students develop their papers and expand their chosen area of specialization, adding relevant literature beyond the required course literature. The course ends with the presentation and discussion of a working paper (optionally as a draft  journal article) at the final seminar of the course.

Written and oral presentations take place throughout the course. Participants partake in at least two seminars (midterm and final) where they present their own work as well as comment on the work of other participants.

The course offers both a broad perspective on the state of the art of the sociology of emotions, as well as in-depth specialization in the chosen area.

Target group

This PhD course addresses both PhD students unfamiliar with the sociology of emotions and PhD students who are more experienced with the field. The first group will obtain knowledge about the key concepts, theoretical traditions and methodological discussions in the field. The second group will obtain new perspectives on their own work through the attentiveness to theoretical development, methodological concerns and discussions of how to apply theories and concepts in specific analyses.


The first seminar is located at the Department of Sociology at the University of Copenhagen, the second seminar is located at the Department of Sociology and Work Science at the University of Gothenburg.  The midterm seminars will take place online via Adobe Connect (please make sure you have access to it via your university). The course has no fee but travel and accommodation costs as well as all meals need to be covered by each student’s home department.


The purpose of the online midterm seminars is to discuss and reflect on the mandatory literature and to develop ideas for the course paper. All students in each group read and comment on all abstracts of the group.

The final seminar is a paper seminar with two appointed student commentators on each paper.

Course teachers will be participating in the seminars and commenting on the papers too.

Registration for the course

The course is only open for doctoral students. Send registration via e-mail to one of the two addresses below, stating that you are registering for the PhD-course sociology of emotions, including name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, affiliation and supervisor.  Also include a ½ page statement of the expected relevance of the course for your doctoral research when registering for the course. If more than 20 students register for the course, we will use these descriptions as a basis for deciding who will be enrolled in the course.

Registration is sent before deadline February 1, 2018, to:



Lene El Mongy, phd@soc.ku.dk