Since October 2019 and throughout 2020-2021, Amsterdam University College serves as a venue for a series of academic events focused on an amazing and highly sensitive dimension of human existence: the realm of emotions, affects, and feelings.
From October 2019 through 2020, Amsterdam University College served as the venue for a series of academic events focused on an amazing and highly sensitive dimension of human existence: the realm of emotions, affects, and feelings. The choice for the topic of this series is far from random. A ‘turn to emotions’ and a related ‘affective turn’ in human sciences have been hailed by many academics as a sign of the profound reshaping of a broad range of academic disciplines, from evolutionary biology and neuroscience, to sociology and political science, to cultural history and critical theory.
Beyond the university walls, the political and private lives of individuals seem to be increasingly overwhelmed with references to the affective, the visceral and the emotionally-charged. In the 21st century, claims to status, esteem and influence are increasingly framed in terms of feelings (e.g. feeling hurt, offended, or disgusted), sentiments and emotional states. Hence, we may be experiencing an emotional/affective turn in public discourse and in politics, as well as in the academe. These and many other themes were addressed over the course of the series, which included seven official lectures and adaptations during the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.