Political actors within and beyond Europe are grappling with the existential challenges raised by the global climate emergency. On the one hand, there has been an upsurge in climate activism epitomised by Fridays for the Future, School Strikes for the Climate, and Extinction Rebellion. On the other, populist and far-right actors continue to deny the realities of anthropogenic climate change and/or the need for ambitious policy responses.
At the level of the European Union, Ursula von der Leyen announced the European Green Deal (EGD) in 2019 and heiled it as the EU’s ‘man on the moon moment’. The EGD involves a wide range of policies designed to help the EU reach ‘climate neutrality’ by 2050. These political responses are also associated with a range of emotional expressions, experiences and discourses, including the rise of eco- and climate anxiety, shame in the context of practices such as flying, anger and skepticism towards proposed environmental regulation in the context of economic insecurity, hope in the context of climate changed-futures, and grief and sorrow felt in response to ecological losses. Indeed, emotions are related to climate change in many different ways, including in climate change perceptions, communication, beliefs and actions.
The interdisciplinary Emotions in European Climate Politics workshop will explore these debates in more detail, with a focus on emotions and affective dynamics in European climate change politics, including the role of the EU in these debates and Europe in a global context. The workshop is a part of the interdisciplinary EUfeels project funded by the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies and will be held as an in-person event in Amsterdam from 28th-29th September, 2023. We welcome paper submissions from all relevant disciplines, which may touch on, but are by no means restricted to, the following themes:
- Theorising affective dynamics and emotions in European climate politics
- The role emotions and affective dynamics play in climate change activism linked to European contexts
- Emotions and affective dynamics in EU climate change policies, including the European Green Deal
- Emotions and affective dynamics in the EU’s institutions in the context of climate change
- Emotions and affective dynamics in the EU’s external relations, including the UNFCCC and climate diplomacy
- Emotions and affective dynamics in climate change political communication in European contexts
- Emotions and affective dynamics across political and geographical scales in European climate politics: supranational, national, local/municipal, etc.
Call for papers
We invite submissions from participants from both academic and non-academic backgrounds, including from both early-career and more senior scholars and practitioners. We also encourage a range of different types of contribution to the workshop, including papers, posters, as well as other types of audiovisual proposal and artistic representation. Contributions should be 15-20 minutes in length and will be accompanied by audience questions. Based on need, there is also the possibility that we will be able to provide financial support for travel and accommodation in Amsterdam. Please do let us know as part of your submission if you would require such support. If you are interested in participating, please send an abstract of up to 300 words to Andrew Telford (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Wednesday 31st May 2023.