[CANCELLED] Emotion management in the civilizing (and compartmentalizing) process

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

06Apr2020 18:00 - 20:00


In following the policy of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), this event has been cancelled due to recent measures being implemented to prevent the further spreading of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The UvA (and by extension AUC) is following the measures and recommendations of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD). Based on these recommendations, the UvA has implemented a number of policies in order to better protect the health and safety of students and staff. Among these policies is that all events at the University of Amsterdam (and therefore AUC) have been cancelled until at least 29 May 2020. 

AUC is a joint programme of VU Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam. In the case of additional measures related to the new Coronavirus, AUC will operationally function under the UvA. For more information about how these new measures may impact teaching, events or other procedures at AUC, please visit uva.nl/coronavirus.


Scholars working in the tradition of the historical sociologist Norbert Elias purposely conflate the concepts of ‘individual’ and ’society’, looking at societies as constituted by mutually dependent human beings, and at individuals as constituted by their dependences on one another in society. In this ‘psychosociological’ approach, a person’s psyche is not an impermeable core, but rather the product of earlier and ongoing interactions with others in their social constellation. ’Shame’ is one emotion that connects your most intimate experiences with your ideas about the ideas others may hold about you and thus connects you to the mores of the surrounding society. Honour is shame with a minus sign. Think also of envy and rage. And, why not, think about love… the emotional ties that bind and blind us.



Prof. Dr. Abram de Swaan is an essayist, sociologist and professor emeritus at the University of Amsterdam. In 1996, he became a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. His most recent books are The Killing Compartments: The Mentality of Mass Murder (Yale University Press, 2015) and Tegen de vrouwen: De wereldwijde strijd van rechtsisten en jihadisten tegen de emancipatie (Prometheus, 2019). His full bio can be found at http://deswaan.com/ 

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

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