24 Jan

WRR-Lecture 2019 'Emotions in Politics & Policy'

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Nieuwe Kerk Den Haag

Spui 175

2511 BM The Hague

On Thursday, 24 January 2019, the WRR lecture will be taking place in the Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague. The keynote speaker is Ute Frevert, scientific member of the Max Planck Institute and co-director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. Kajsa Ollongren, the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, will subsequently share her own reflections on the theme.

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Emotions in Politics & Policy

The keynote speaker is Ute Frevert, scientific member of the Max Planck Institute and co-director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. She previously held an appointment as Professor of German History at Yale University in the United States. Informed by her scientific background and current position as director of the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, she will reflect on the role of emotions within politics. This theme features prominently in her latest book, Die Politik der Demütigung. Schauplätze von Macht und Ohnmacht. An English edition of the book is scheduled to be published in spring 2019.


Following Ute Frevert's lecture, Kajsa Ollongren, the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, will give her own response to the theme of 'emotions in politics and policy'.

Emotional politics

In her lecture, entitled Emotional politics, Frevert will discuss the role of emotions in democratic politics, illustrating how these developed in Europe from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century on. Subsequently, she will investigate the effect of emotions from the perspective of both politicians and citizens. This involves contemporary affairs that are closely connected to the triumph of neo-liberal politics since the 1980s. However, there is also a connection with the rise of right-wing and probably left-wing populism in more recent years. Finally, she will be making the case for the hypothesis that, nowadays, we can observe a shift from the 'emotionalisation of politics' to the 'politicisation of emotions'.

Registration

Those wishing to attend the lecture may register before 16 January 2019 via this link. Once you have registered, you will receive additional details and the complete programme at a later date.

Annual lecture

The lecture is an annual initiative of the WRR (The Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy), in which internationally renowned scientists are invited to share their perspectives on a current issue related to science and policy.