8th Midterm Conference of the ESA Sociology of Emotions Research Network (RN11), Edinburgh, August 28th – 30th, 2018

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: 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.


For yderligere information, se:


Hochschild om emotioner og kritik

Vi vil gerne gøre jer opmærksomme på to interessante interview med Arlie Russell Hochschild i Theory, Culture & Society, som netop er kommet online:

“An Interview with Arlie Russell Hochschild: Critique and the Sociology of Emotions: Fear, Neoliberalism and the Acid Rainproof Fish” af Erik Mygind du Plessis og Pelle Korsbæk Sørensen. Link her.


“An Interview with Arlie Russell Hochschild: Critique as Emotion” af Rasmus Willig. Link her.


PhD kursus i Emotionssociologi i København og Göteborg 28.2-14.5 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 hvis du har spørgsmål til kurset.

Registrering til kurset sendes til eller


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,

Åsa Wettergren,

Merete Monrad,


Guest teachers

Deborah Gould, University of California, Santa Cruz

Kerstin Jacobson,


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,

Call for Papers, Literature and Social Emotions, University of Bristol, 22nd June 2018

Call for Papers

Literature and Social Emotions

University of Bristol, United Kingdom

22nd June 2018

An interdisciplinary symposium

Work on the cultural and historical dimensions of emotion in recent decades has argued that all emotions are, to an extent, socially constructed experiences: think of Sara Ahmed’s conceptualisation of the way emotions ‘stick’ to objects in a social context, for example, William Reddy’s theory of normative emotional regimes, or Monique Scheer’s work on emotions as socially learnt practices. In this perspective, to talk about social emotions as a subcategory of emotion might seem tautological, redundant. Yet the term remains of use in scholarship across a range of disciplines, functioning to tease apart emotional experiences with an intrinsic relationship to social appraisal, real or imagined, from so-called basic emotions like happiness or fear. Emotions considered intrinsically social typically include shame, embarrassment, and envy: emotions which may seem non-prestigious, trivial, or in some cases even ‘ugly’ (Sianne Ngai) but which are prevalent and powerful in modern culture.

This symposium seeks to further our understanding of social emotions – remaining attuned to the problems of this label – by focusing on their rapports with literature. Jan Plamper and Sarah McNamer, amongst others, have pointed out that the history of emotions has much to be gained from closer contact with literature as a source. In addition to literary articulations of social emotions, however, this symposium is also interested in how the production and reception of literary works has often been, and still is, inflected by social emotions like guilt or pride. How might this understanding of literary practice as an ‘archive of feeling’ (Ann Cvetkovich) impact on the sociology of literature? Or the history of authorship, or reading?

To stage a mutually beneficial encounter between emotion researchers and literary scholars, this symposium invites papers which explore the history and theory of social emotions (broadly construed) and/or literature as a site of social emotions. Papers can draw on historical or contemporary contexts; perspectives from all areas of the arts, humanities, and social sciences are welcome. The working language of the symposium will be English but global and comparative perspectives are warmly encouraged.

Suggested topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:

· The history of social emotions, either as a subset or by way of one specific emotion (e.g. shame, shyness, sympathy)

· Theories of social emotions from philosophy, sociology, psychology, psychiatry

· The implications, uses, and limits of the ‘social emotions’ as a category

· Social emotions and links to other emotions or affects

· Emotion words across time and space

· The political efficacy or non-efficacy of social emotions

· Social emotions and the body, gender, and sexuality

· Literature which thematises or narrativises social emotions

· The aesthetics of social emotions

· Archives of social emotions

· The role of social emotions in literary production, e.g. shame, shyness, guilt, jealousy, or admiration as a function of literary production

· Reading and social emotions, e.g. guilt or embarrassment as an effect of reading

· Reading communities

· Literature and empathy

· Literature and self-consciousness

· Cognitive literary studies and social emotions

· Literature and sociability: social networks between writers, between readers, and between readers and writers, e.g. fan-mail

· The social emotions of authorship and literary celebrity

· Social media and social emotions

Please submit abstracts (max. 500 words), along with a brief author biography, to by January 15th 2018. Enquiries can be sent to the same address

2nd Annual Emotion and Criminal Justice Conference 7th November 2017 in Leicester

Tuesday 7th November 2017 9.30am – 4.45pm
Devonshire Place, London Road, Leicester
This conference aims to once again bring together a range of scholars and practitioners with a passion for debate and interest in the developing field of emotion and criminal justice. Our exciting schedule draws upon national and international research and offers important additions to the debates about emotions in this sector.
Cost £65 for the full conference including refreshments and a buffet lunch
If you are currently a postgraduate and interested in submitting an abstract for consideration please send your title and a 250 abstract to and  Accepted abstracts will be confirmed.
Please contact Jude Lewis on 0116 2577775 or email
Or to book your place :

CALL for abstracts to the AIAS Conference: FEAR: Brain, Behaviour, Society, 4-5 December 2017

We wish to draw your attention to our open call for abstracts to the international multidisciplinary conference FEAR: Brain, Behaviour, Societyon 4-5 December 2017 held at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS). This two-day conference will bring together leading international researchers from a variety of fields to present newest knowledge on the topic of ‘FEAR’. The conference is organized in 5 multidisciplinary sessions, each incorporating contributions from several fields.
Sessions: “Evolution and ecology of fear.” “Fear in learning and memory.” “Fear in clinical practice”. “Strategies of fear”. “Innate and learned fear.”
Read the call and much more at the conference website:


The Second Annual Emotion and Criminal Justice Conference 2017

The British Society of Criminology Midland’s Branch with De Montfort University’s Emotion and Criminal Justice Cluster is hosting:
The Second Annual Emotion and Criminal Justice Conference 2017
De Montfort University, Leicester, UK 
7th November 2017
9.30am -4.45pm
Devonshire Place, London Road, Leicester
We are excited to follow the success of our first conference in 2016 and continue the lively debate. 
We are extremely pleased to welcome Professor Rob Canton of De Montfort University and Jason Warr of University of Lincoln as our keynote speakers along with a series of exciting workshops which reflect current research on emotion in the criminal justice context.
This conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners with a passion for debate and interest in the developing field of emotion and criminal justice. Our exciting schedule will draw upon national and international research and will continue further debates about emotions in this sector.
There will be a small cost for the full conference which will include refreshments and a buffet lunch.
If you would like to present at the conference please send your 250 word abstracts and/or register your interest to and and f.gordon@westminster by 30th August 2017