WORKSHOP: (Not) being sober, rational and objective? The Emotions of Democracy
The emotions of democracy and the affective dimension of citizenship education
A workshop organised and facilitated by
Michalis Kakos, University of Leeds & Tereza Vavrova, Civic Education Centre, Prague
In this workshop we will examine how citizenship education could support a deeper understanding of the affective dimension of our approach to socio-political issues and its implications to classroom teaching. The aim of the workshop is to guide educational practitioners in developing a deeper understanding of the affective side of citizenship learning, and in addressing this in open classroom discussion of social / controversial issues
Some of the topics covered in the workshop:
- The significance of emotions in the presentation of self and we explore the relationship between affect and identity.
- The role of empathy in human interactions and in citizens’ democratic deliberations.
- The particular forms of empathy associated with the performance of institutional roles, including the empathy between teachers and students.
- Passion, radicalism, frustration and democratic change.
- What does it mean to ‘understand controversy as fundamentally a psychological phenomenon’ (Yacek, 2018) and what are the implications for teaching?
- Implications for citizenship education curricula and educational policy making.