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.
FACULTY / POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW