Politics and Emotions

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Political Science

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Politics and Emotions
Fall 2023
Taught By: Anastasiia Kalk
Section: A

CRN: 16171

Credits: 4

Emotions are often viewed as a part of human life that is individual and personal. Against this view, social and political scholars argue that emotions are, in fact, constructed by political, cultural, and economic systems and can be studied as such. This course explores the history and examples of the ways in which politics influences our emotional life. What emotions do people experience in democratic and authoritarian states? How does the patriarchal, colonial, racialized, and capitalist society make people feel? What place do emotions have in political resistance? We will debate answers to such questions. The course is divided into three parts. The first part provides an overview of key concepts in the political theory of emotions. Here we will define the term “emotions” and its relation to politics. The second part engages with Marxist, feminist, queer, anti-racist, and decolonial critical analysis of emotions. It asks how capitalism feels. Finally, in the third part, we will look at political movements and examine the role of emotions in political protests. Readings will include Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Charles Fourier, Sigmund Freud, Rosa Luxemburg, Frantz Fanon, Martin Luther King, Raymond Williams, Eva Illouz, Audre Lorde, and Jack Halberstam among others.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Political Science (LPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:04am EDT 9/22/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 1107
Date Range: 8/28/2023 - 12/11/2023