Affect and emotion are at the core of culture and society. They enable social cohesion and solidarity but also create exclusion and isolation. We investigate the fundamental role of affect and emotion for social life in the mobile, entangled and mediatized world of the 21st century. It is our goal to establish a new understanding of societies as affective societies.
Over 70 people, scientists from ten disciplines, student employees and administrational staff, work in 17 projects to study affects from their perspectives. 7 different insitutions realize the interdisciplinary program, bringing together social-, nature-, cultural sciences and humanities. Those include the Freie Universität Berlin as speaker university, Charité Berlin, Universität Hamburg, Max Planck Institut für ethnologische Forschung, Martin-Luther-Universität in Halle (Saale), Ethnologisches Museum zu Berlin and Botanischer Garten Berlin.