A day of talks and screenings exploring the power of negative emotions in politics.
What do Brexit, Donald Trump, Jeremy Corbyn, Marine Le Pen and Islamic terrorists have to do with each other? In one way or another, they all utilise or appeal to what Sianne Ngai calls ‘Ugly Feelings’ – feelings that are seen as minor, negative, and unsavoury in social situations and modern democracies.
Why are these feelings so present in contemporary politics? Where do they come from and why are they so powerful?
Taking place the weekend before the UK general election, the day will be an opportunity to explore some of the psychological, emotional and ideological forces behind politics, and an opportunity to discuss the bad feelings we all have when we undertake political activity ourselves – whether that’s activism, discussing politics with friends and family, shouting at the radio or firing off angry tweets.
Free and open to all.
Supported by Arts Council England and Open School East