Political Emotions Conference


The Australian Sociological Association’s Sociology of Emotions and Affect Thematic Group (TASA_SEA), together with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE), invites you to a two-day conference on Political Emotions, to be held in Adelaide on 22-23 July 2019. You are also invited to a public lecture and keynote presentation – to be delivered by Professor Alison Phipps on the evening of the first day.

Registrations for the conference close on 14 July; registration for the public lecture close on 19 July.

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Conference Overview

From Obama’s hope to Trump’s ‘Emoto-Coaster’, the significance of emotion to political relationships has never been more apparent. Emotions are increasingly viewed as key to interpreting rising nationalisms in Europe, media responses to terrorism, or the backroom dealings of politicians imagined with murderous intentions towards their colleagues. Emotions are not just for high-politics, of course, but implicated in power relationships at all social levels – infusing analyses of class, gender and race, household dynamics, or the relationship between researcher and the researched. Emotions can be imagined as political through their role in shaping and mediating human relationships, but also as politicised when performed or practiced in everyday life. As ‘regimes’ or in the formation of ‘communities’, emotions can be imagined as social structure, producing the boundaries of the political and enabling historical change.



The Final Program is now available to download.


Key Dates


Public Lecture

Decolonising Multilingualism: What Happens To Emotions When English Takes a Step Back?

Professor Alison Phipps – University of Glasgow

Professor of Languages and Intercultural StudiesUNESCO Chair Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts (Creativity Culture & Faith)

6.30-8.30pm, 22 July 2019

G60 Braggs Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide


Titero, Whakarongo … korero.

look, listen … speak.

Asserting your rights, your subjecthood, your desires and your concerns is not easy in a language you do not speak or understand well. It requires effort and it requires dependency. It will place you in positions of exclusion and vulnerability. It will mean you are thrown back onto modes of non-linguistic communication. It will mean you may feel threatened.

In the debates in the global north relating to multilingual subjectivity (Kramsch 2014) and translanguaging (Creese and Blackledge 2017) the way migration has produced new repertories of speech and action are well evidenced. Monolingualism has been shown to be a powerful construction (Gramling 2016), the multilingual turn has been taken (May 2014), the translation turn is well underway and languages, for all that borders are closing under fear of mass migration (Kelly 2017), are reportedly experiencing a resurgence in popularity in the UK. In Scotland, in the last ten years legislation has been passed making the country one which is now officially multilingual. Within this work, however, there is a focus on the languages which have dominated the colonial past and the neo-colonial present. The binary divide between world or global languages and other or minority or community languages persists in the discourse, theory and methodologies of language pedagogy and choice.

Drawing on the work of a recently published short book and manifesto for decolonising multilingualism this lecture will consider what might be at stake in contexts where people are seeking refuge, if integration is to mean mutual transformation at the level of language, and if integration is understood to be an artistic practice.

The lecture will develop work from AHRC Researching Multilingually at Borders project and the new South South Migration Hub, examining multilingual encounters through the work of Ngugi wa Thiong’o (1986). Breaking with traditional forms, as part of the decolonising process, this lecture offers a series of narrative vignettes, experiences, poetic content and extracts from a manifesto for decolonising multilingualism.

Please REGISTER HERE to attend this free public lecture.


Conference Accommodation

The University of Adelaide is accessible from most parts of the Adelaide Central Business District. Accommodation options close to campus include:


Conference Venue

The conference will take place at the University of Adelaide across a number of spaces:

  • Day 1: Level 7 Inkarni Wardli Building
  • Public Lecture: G60 Braggs Lecture Theatre
  • Day 2: Barr Smith South 1062

A high-definition map of the campus can be downloaded HERE.

The easiest way to find the Ingkarni Wardli building from North Terrace is to follow the path between Bonython Hall and Elder Hall. Walk past Elder Hall towards a coloured glass lift shaft. Take the steps on the right near the coloured lift shaft, then turn left and continue down the steps. Turn right into the building underneath the Engineering North sign. There’s a bank of lifts just inside this building. Take the lift up to Level 7 where you’ll find the venue for day 1.

If stairs are a problem, take the lift in the coloured shaft down to level two and then follow the ramp down. Turn right into the building underneath the Engineering North sight and take the lift up to Level 7.

This route is loosely marked on the map with mustard coloured dots.


Conference Conveners

Associate Professor Deb King and Dr Michelle Peterie
The Australian Sociological Association’s Sociology of Emotions and Affect Thematic Group (TASA SEA)

Dr Katie Barclay and Dr Nathan Manning
The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE)


Contact Details

Email: political.emotions@gmail.com