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The working group “Public Emotions” discussed contemporary forms and activities of audiences and explores their changing roles in today’s mobile, mediatised and networked societies. Instead of reducing audiences to psychological categories, sociodemographic units, or individuals, we investigated the specific agency and collectivity of audiences. We focused on the role of affects and emotions in audiences – especially forms of affective collectivity. 


Hubert Knoblauch & Doris Kolesch