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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Political Emotions: A New Agendas Conference

Fri, October 3, 2008 • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM • Lady Bird Johnson Room, CMA 5.160

What contributions can the study of discourses, rhetoric, or framing of emotion contribute to understanding the public sphere, civil society, and the political?

What contributions can the study of discourses, rhetoric, or framing of emotion contribute to understanding the public sphere, civil society, and the political? Oskar Negt and Alexander Kluge argue that in a market economy a “systematic exclusion of lived experience is critical to its maintenance.”  Negt and Kluge are critical of this apartheid and ask why and how it functions to the advantage of some in political discourse.  Other scholars, as well, have critiqued the opposition of the public and private, or at least how such a discursive division serves to minimize some people’s forms of knowledge and consequently their social and political contributions.  This working conference will examine why some sentiments are valued in public communication but others are judged irrelevant and how sentiments mobilize political trajectories.

For more information, please go to the website: http://rtf.utexas.edu/politicalemotions/ 


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