***Virtual Event for Graduate Students ***
“Outlaw Emotions, Protest Movements, and the Radical Imagination”
Friday, September 24
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Abstract: This talk elucidates the role that emotions play in political communication and especially in protest acts and protest movements. Following Alison Jaggar, I distinguish between conventional and outlaw emotions depending on whether or not the emotions in question fit the normative expectations of dominant sensibilities, political horizons and social imaginaries. I argue that outlaw emotions have a special role to play in collective moral learning about injustice because they prompt the exercise of a radical imagination that can expand existing social imaginaries and regenerate public sensibilities.