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Emotions in Public Settings

3rd International Conference of the Collaborative Research Center Affective Societies at Freie Universität, May 3 to 5, 2018

№ 082/2018 from Apr 27, 2018

Emotions in a public context – whether in political speeches, theatre performances, entries in social media, at concerts, or at court – are the focus of the 3rd international conference of the Collaborative Research Center Affective Societies at Freie Universität from May 3 to 5, 2018. As part of the English-language conference on Public Emotions, Israeli sociologist Eva Illouz will hold a lecture on “Populist Politics and Emotions.” It will take place May 5 at 2 p.m. in Lecture Hall 1b, Habelschwerdter Allee 45. The lecture is public, and admission is free. The conference is being organized by Prof. Dr. Doris Kolesch, Freie Universität Berlin, and Prof. Dr. Hubert Knoblauch, Technische Universität Berlin.

Emotions displayed in such diverse public settings as television shows, sports events, or religious ceremonies are heterogeneous and in many ways difficult to compare. One thing these social and cultural phenomena have in common is that they need an audience. The participants attending the conference on “Public Emotions. Affective Collectivity in Audiences” will discuss contemporary forms and activities of publics and will explore changing roles in contemporary mobile, mediatized, and networked societies. Since “the audience” is a collective phenomenon, the conference will consider collective forms of actions and emotions and their entanglement.

Further Information

Time and Location

  • Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6 p.m.
  • ICI Berlin, Christinenstraße 18–19, 10119 Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg)
  • Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, beginning at 9 a.m. both days
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Seminar Center, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin

Conference Program: www.sfb-affective-societies.de

Please note: Due to high demand, conference registration has closed, but there are a few remaining slots. Anyone interested in the presentation by Eva Illouz is welcome to attend.


Dr. Katharina Metz, Coordinator, Collaborative Research Center “Affective Societies,” Freie Universität, Tel.: +49 30 838 57696, Email: office@sfb1171.de