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Political Emotions

Political Emotions

Political Emotions highlighted the contributions that the study of discourse, rhetoric, and framing of emotion make to understanding the public sphere, civil society and the political realm. Tackling critiques on the opposition of the public and private spheres, this conference examined why some sentiments are valued in public communication while others are judged irrelevant, and how sentiments mobilize political trajectories.

Emerging from the work of the “Public Feelings” research group at The University of Texas at Austin, it brought together young scholars from various areas of study, including sociology, gender studies, anthropology, art and new media. The conference formulated new ways of thinking about the relations among the emotional, the cultural, and the political. Contributors reexamined familiar ways of doing critical work, and brought forward new analyses of emotions in politics. It expanded understanding of the role of emotion in the political realm, political communication, political science, sociology, and visual and cultural studies.

Publication: Political Emotions - June 8, 2010

Editors: Janet Staiger (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is the William P. Hobby Centennial Professor of Communication in the Department of Radio, Television and Film at The University of Texas. Her books include “Media Reception Studies” (New York University, 2005), “Perverse Spectators: The Practices of Film Reception” (New York University, 2000), and “Bad Women: Regulating Sexuality in Early American Cinema, 1907–1915” (Minnesota, 1995).

Ann Cvetkovich (Ph.D., Cornell University) is the Ellen Clayton Garwood Centennial Professor of English in the Department of English at The University of Texas. She is the author of “Mixed Feelings: Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism” (Rutgers, 1992) and “An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures” (Duke, 2003).

Ann Reynolds (Ph.D., City University of New York) is an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of “Robert Smithson: Learning From New Jersey and Elsewhere” (MIT, 2003) and is currently working on a new book, “Home Movies: Creativity, Community, and Publics in New York, 1940–1970.”