This short workshop took up the recent 'visual turn' in research on emotions in international politics. Empirically, it brought together research on different fields of world politics, including conflict, migration, humanitarianism and everyday political performativity. At the same time, the workshop combined interdisciplinary research on different media of expression, including film, graffiti and fashion. Conceptually, we aimed at disentangling the experience and expression of emotions from the social and political processes through which they are shaped, shared, and transformed. The various contributions challenge discoursed of 'authenticity' of emotions by highlighting their performativity. They combined a focus on narrative techniques, materiality and gender in order to add nuance to the study of the relationship between images and emotions.
Panel I (chaired by Henri Myrttinen)
Marie Beauchamps, Queen Mary University of London.
The Threatened Swan: What a painting tells us about the power of emotions in politics of security in response to a security threat
Katja Freistein, Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen
Dressed for Power. Female Leaders, Fashion, and the Performativity of the Emotional
Simon Koschut, Freie Universität, Berlin
'This Transatlantic Alliance Is Felt So Keenly': Ritual, Emotion and Security Communities
Amya Agarwal, Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen
Graffiti, Gender and Emotions in the Kashmiri Resistance
Panel II (chaired by tbc)
Christine Unrau, Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen
Crafting Compassion? Flight and Migration in Documentary Films
Renny Thomas, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi
Visuality, Emotions, and the Laboratory: Anthropological Observations
Katharina Krause, Institut for Political Science, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Seeing ‘bodies in pain’: Images, Emotions and the Health-Security Nexus
Henri Myrttinen, Mauerpark Institute, Berlin
Death Becomes Him: The Hypervisibility of Martyrdom and Invisibility of the Wounded in the Iconography of Lebanese Militarised Masculinities
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