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Emotions under Siege?

The broad project of the Emotions under Siege Working Group has been to bring together faculty and graduate students from across the University of Toronto who have an interest in the emotions, but from varying scholarly perspectives.  In 2009-2010, we worked to discern fruitful ground for intellectual collaboration in the growing field of emotions research.  The group found its focus in the seemingly dichotomous relationship between recent interest in the pre-conscious and automatic aspects of emotional experience on the one hand, and, on the other, the sense that emotions are directly related to our conscious life as social beings, and the commitments to certain values that they underscore.  Having clarified points of agreement and disagreement among major works in the field, in the coming year the group will move away from the empirical focus to broaden the discussion into the role that emotions ought to play in the public life, the relationship between the emotions and moral judgement, and an assessment of the epistemological differences between disciplines.

Stefan Dolgert, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities/Political Science
Elizabeth Harvey, English
Jennifer Nedelsky, Law
Curie Virag, History
Paul Saurette, Political Studies (University of Ottawa)   

Kiran Banerjee, Political Science
Heather Bastedo, Political Science
Hanah Chapman, Psychology
Yo-Chun Chen, Political Science
Emily Fletcher, Classics
Lucan Freeman, Political Science
Timothy Harrison, English
Daniel Newman, English
Jan Purnis, English

Rebecca Kingston, Political Science
James McKee, Ph.D. cand., Political Science


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