IKOS PhD seminar: Two-day seminar: Emotions and Affects in History and Theory

In the last decade, one of the most transformative innovations in the humanities and social sciences has been the renewed interest in the role of emotions and affects in human and more-than-human lives.  

This shift from meanings, intentions, and rational choice to the affective, the visceral and the emotionally-charged has brought into view other aspects of cultures, as well as naturecultures, including material relations, practices, and bodies. Encounters with other forms of knowledge from the neurosciences and evolutionary biology have fundamentally changed the idea of human and non-human actors in history and society. 

In this seminar, we will discuss this emotional or affective turn both from a historical and a more theoretical viewpoint.  To frame and take part in our conversations, we have invited Margrit Pernau, Senior Researcher Center for the History of Emotion at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, and member of the Lifetimes project at IKOS. However, there will also be plenty of time for you to present and receive comments on your work. 

How do I sign up for the course:

Please send an email to kari.andersen@ikos.uio.no and specify whether you want to present something or not.

About the paper:

The final paper should be no longer than a minimum 5-pages, maximum 10 pages, with text reflecting on the theme of the seminar and how this plays out in your own research. The texts will be pre-circulated among the participants ahead of the seminar.

Deadline for paper: 6 April

ECTS points

Generally, you will get 1 ECTS point for attending the seminar, 2 ECTS points for a presentation or a comment. 


The Evolution of Affect Theory, Donovan O. Schaefer, Cambridge University Press (2019)

Emotions and Temporalities, Margrit Pernau, Cambridge University Press (2021)

Acceleration and Resonance: An Interview with Hartmut Rosa, by Bjørn Schiermer

The Idea of Resonance as a Sociological Concept, by Hartmut Rosa


20 April

1000-1030 Introduction

1030-1200 Keynote and discussion

Margrit Pernau (Max Planck Institute for Human Development):

“Global history and Emotional Resonance”

1200-1300 Lunch

1300-1345 Paper by Ingvild Tomren

1345-1430 Paper by Mustafa Akay

1430-1445 Break

1445-1530 Paper by Eira Ebbs (Zoom)

1530-1615 Paper by Patrick Brock (Zoom) 

21 April

1000-1200 Discussion of course literature, chaired by Margrit Pernau and Helge Jordheim

1200-1300 Lunch at Eilert Spiseri, SV

1300-1345 Paper by Minh Khai

1345-1430 Concluding discussion

1500-1700, Aud. 2, HE

Guest lecture by Hartmut Rosa (Jena): “Between the Need for Speed and the Desire for Resonance: The Role of 'Bildung' in an Accelerated Society”. Responses by Aurora Jacobsen Evenshaug and Helge Jordheim

Participants in the 'Emotions and Affects'-seminar are invited to a private reception for Hartmut Rosa right after the guest lecture: Venue: Helga Engs House, 5th floor

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