Political emotions

This subproject addresses the expanding discussion on the relevance of political emotions in democratic politics and in democratic education. It especially focuses on exploring the emphasis on political emotions in recent discussions on identity politics and examines both the tensions and possibilities involved in education for political emotions with respect to constructing and pursuing collective political aims. The subproject particularly benefits from Martha Nussbaum’s theory of political emotions and explores how this account could potentially inform democratic education. This exploration of the significance of political emotions for education is mainly conducted by the means of philosophical analysis, though examples are drawn from real-world phenomena such as a case study of educational policy-making or political movements that have been successful in mobilizing young people (such as Black Lives Matter or Fridays for Future). 

Iida Pyy is primarily responsible for the research in this subproject. See her bio and researcher profile here.