Changing Repertoires of Emotion II – Theorizing Affective Relationality and Transformativity
The project B05 develops a philosophical theory of affects and emotions apt to analyze their role in processes of social transformation. In the second funding period (2019-2023), we will investigate how affective dynamics figure in the stabilization or destabilization of social and political institutions. In two closely connected sub-projects, we will formulate a critical affect theory of institutions. We aim to elucidate affective workings of institutions that become evident, for instance, in structural violence (such as in processes of racialization). We will also investigate the role of individual affective dispositions for the formation and disruption of institutional structures, as exemplified in the current emergence of neo-authoritarian politics in contemporary societies.