The role of emotions in intergroup relations

Part of 'The Emotional Turn in Contemporary Public and Academic Debates' lecture series

28Feb2020 12:30 - 14:00


Emotions are not just individual states of minds, but essentially take form in social relations. Emotions express the motivation to relate to others in specific ways, as in avoiding, derogating, attacking, admiring or fearing. Many emotional tendencies are based on our views of other groups and how we evaluate these groups; this is referred to as group-based emotions. I will discuss different types of emotions, such as hate, contempt, anger and fear, and how they explain the increasing tensions between groups in Western societies.


Prof. Dr. Agneta Fischer is currently Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Emotions and Affective Processes at the Department of Psychology, Social Psychology Group, University of Amsterdam.

Location: Room 1.02
Amsterdam University College
Science Park 113, 1098XG Amsterdam
Convenor:  Dr. Maxim Kupovykh

Published by  Amsterdam University College