The Centre for the Politics of Feelings creates the research space where scientists and scholars from life sciences, social sciences and the humanities can work together on the diachronic understanding of emotional politics. The Centre is supported by a multidisciplinary Advisory Board that can provide valuable advice on the research direction and bring a broader awareness of issues and challenges relating to the politics of feelings
Kevin (Vin) Arceneaux
Kevin (Vin) Arceneaux is the Thomas J. Freaney, Jr. Professor of Political Science, Faculty Affiliate with the Institute for Public Affairs, and Director of the Behavioral Foundations Lab at Temple University. He studies how people make political decisions, paying particular attention to the effects of psychological biases. His most recent book, Taming Intuition: How Reflection Minimizes Partisan Reasoning and Promotes Democratic Accountability (2017, Cambridge University Press, co-authored with Ryan Vander Wielen), takes a closer look at why people vary in their ability to get beyond their biases and explores the implications for citizens’ ability to live up to the demands of democracy. It won the 2018 Robert E. Lane Best Book Award from the APSA Political Psychology section and was co-winner of the 2018 APSA Experimental Research section’s book award.
He also serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Experimental Political Science.
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Rob Boddice (PhD, FRHistS) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences (HEX), Tampere University Finland. Boddice has published widely in the history of emotions and its intersection with the histories of medicine and science. His recent books include The Science of Sympathy: Morality, Evolution and Victorian Civilization (University of Illinois Press, 2016), The History of Emotions (Manchester University Press, 2018), A History of Feelings (Reaktion, 2019), Emotion, Sense, Experience (Cambridge University Press, 2020, with Mark Smith), and Humane Professions: The Defence of Experimental Medicine, 1876-1914 (Cambridge University Press, 2021). Boddice serves on the editorial board of the history-of-emotions book series at Bloomsbury Academic, and on the editorial board of Emotion Review. He is currently writing Knowing Pain: A History of Sensation, Emotion, and Experience for Polity Press, and completing a four-volume set on scientific knowledge production in the long nineteenth century called Experiment, Expertise, Experience for Routledge.
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Sarah Churchwell is a professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK. Her expertise is in 20th- and 21st-century fiction. She is the director of the Being Human festival. Her research topics include a rhetorical history of the phrases "American Dream" and "America First," histories and readings of The Great Gatsby, American language in the American 1920s and 1930s, classical Hollywood cinema, and iconic American figures including Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Marilyn Monroe, Sylvia Plath, Henry James, and Margaret Mitchell. Sarah's methodologies focus on cultural history, biographical criticism, reception history and literary history, and is particularly interested in the intersections of iconography, biography, authorship, and language. Her most recent book is Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream.
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Lisa Feldman Barrett
Lisa Feldman Barrett is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, with appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also Chief Science Officer for the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Harvard University.
In addition to the books Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain and How Emotions are Made, Lisa published over 240 peer-reviewed, scientific papers appearing in Science, Nature Neuroscience, and other top journals in psychology and cognitive neuroscience.
Dr. Barrett received a National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award for her revolutionary research on emotion in the brain. She also received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2019, the APS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2018, and the APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award in Psychology in 2021
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Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela is the Research Chair in Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She holds the South African National Research Chair in Violent Histories and Transgenerational Trauma. She served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and her research interests include traumatic memories in the aftermath of political conflict, post-conflict reconciliation, empathy, forgiveness, psychoanalysis and intersubjectivity.
Her recent honours include fellowship at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute as the 2020-2021 Walter Jackson Bate Fellow; Honorary Doctor of Laws from Rhodes University (2019), and Honorary Doctor of Theology from the Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany (2017).
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Ryan is Professor in the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is also a Partner Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and Its Disorders in Sydney, Australia; a Research Associate of Oxford University’s Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology; and a Research Associate of the Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion (LEVYNA) in Brno, Czech Republic.
His research focuses on how we form and revise beliefs and aims to uncover the psychological, social and evolutionary causes and consequences of our cognitive biases.
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Gloria Origgi is Professor of Philosophy at CNRS, Paris, France. Her work focuses on issues of social epistemology, philosophy of social science and philosophy of new technologies. She is particularly interested in the relation between knowledge and society. Her latest books are on trust (VRIN 2008) and reputation (Seuil 2013) and she's writing a new book on the epistemology of reputation and the massive use of rankings in democratic societies. She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on trust, democracy and the Internet, trust and knowledge, the relation between truth and democracy and the role of ranking systems in the Internet-based knowledge society. She conceives social epistemology as a form of critical theory of the society of knowledge. She is member of the European Commission Board "Horizons 2020" whose aim is to design European research policies for the next 6 years. In 2019, she edited the volume on “Passions Sociales”.
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Shalini Randeria is the Rector of the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna, Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, as well as the Director of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy at the IHEID. Furthermore, she holds the Excellence Chair at the University of Bremen, where she leads a research group on Soft Authoritarianism and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. She serves on the Board of European Forum Alpbach, the Board of Trustees of the Central European University (CEU), the Academic Advisory Board of the Wien Museum as well as the Advisory Board of the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalization, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.
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Markus Reinhard has served as managing director of the NOMIS Foundation since 2015.
Markus holds an MS in psychology in 1991 and an advanced MS in public relations in 1992 from the University of Vienna (Austria). Prior to his NOMIS appointment, he spent 25 years as an executive in international business. He worked in the healthcare industry for 15 years and has served as senior vice president and head of global human resources for Baxter BioScience (Baxalta). Reinhard lived and worked in Chicago (US) and Vienna before moving to Zurich, Switzerland
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Barry C Smith is a professor of philosophy and director of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. He is also the founding director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses, which pioneers collaborative research between philosophers, psychologists and neuroscientists. Barry is currently the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Leadership Fellow for the Science in Culture Theme. A philosopher of language and mind, his current research is on the multisensory nature of perceptual experience, focusing on taste, smell and flavour.
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John Tresch is Professor and Mellon Chair in History of Art, Science, and Folk Practice at the Warburg Institute. Trained in History and Philosophy of Science and in Anthropology, his work focuses on changing methods, instruments, and institutions in the sciences, arts, and media; connections among disciplines, cosmology, social order, and ritual; and shifting definitions of the rational and real. He has held fellowships at the New York Public Library, the Institute for Advanced Studies, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and has been visiting researcher at King's College London and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. He is working on two books: The Reason for the Darkness of the Night: Edgar Allan Poe and the Forging of American Science (Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 2020), and Cosmograms: How to Do Things with Worlds (University of Chicago Press, under contract).
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