Colloque international

“Emotions in a Globalized World”
Université de Lausanne – Institut d’Etudes politiques et internationales – 25 et 26 mars 2011

Abstract
Qu’en est-il des émotions dans un monde globalisé ?
Les passions, les émotions et les sentiments sont au cœur de notre quotidien, influençant notre pensée, notre comportement conscient et inconscient. La sympathie, la peur, la colère, la fierté, la jalousie ou encore l’empathie ont leur place dans tous les aspects des relations internationales, dans le conflit ou la paix comme dans l’aide humanitaire ou les politiques environnementales. Ainsi, dans son préambule, l’ONU en appelle à nos émotions en se proclamant résolue « à préserver les générations futures du fléau de la guerre qui deux fois en l’espace d’une vie humaine a infligé à l’humanité d’indicibles souffrances ».

Presentation
A workshop on “Emotions in a Globalized World” was held at United Nations headquarters in New York earlier this month by the UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace, and the Institut d’Etudes politiques et internationals at the University of Lausanne.

Passions, emotions and sentiments are at the core of everything we do, influencing our thinking and behaviour both consciously and unconsciously. Emotions such as sympathy, fear, anger, pride, jealousy and empathy are involved in all aspects of international relations — from conflict and peace to humanitarian aid and environmental politics. In its opening sentence, the UN Charter clearly appeals to our emotions with the call “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind”.

Yet there has been little research on emotions within international relations, despite their obvious centrality. The project “Emotions in a Globalized World” aims to address this gap, and build bridges between academic disciplines. At the workshop, expert scholars from sociology, anthropology, history and psychology presented research papers and reflected on how their disciplines have addressed the issue of human emotions. These insights and research models will inform a study of emotions in international relations to be conducted at a second workshop later in 2010, which will feature a range of practical case-studies. This research project will result in two edited volumes, expected in 2011.