This panel examines the complex relationship between emotions and Neo-liberalism. Under Neo-liberalism emotions are increasingly the object of intervention, where self-surveillance emerges as an ethical project and the mark of successful citizenship. How emotions are pathologized because of their potential to be disruptive, and their emergence as a primary site of intervention that is symptomatic of the individualization and interiorization of social phenomena intrinsic to Neo-liberalism is the focus of this panel. We are looking for papers that situate emotions within Neo-liberalism and examine the broader conditions of the ‘therapeutic ethos’ that permeates Anglo-American culture. Potential topics include: the culture of fear, self-help discourse, confessional culture, gender and emotions, trauma, health and emotions, therapeutic discourse as cultural imperialism in international politics, the psychologization of social relations, consumerism, failed neo-liberal subjects, anger, forgiveness, anxiety and risk.
Session Organizer: Christine Lavrence, PhD, Kings College at the University of Western Ontario, firstname.lastname@example.org
Session Co-organizer: Kristin Lozanski, , Kings College at the University of Western Ontario, email@example.com
Session Code: SCul3