WORKSHOP: (Not) being sober, rational and objective? The Emotions of Democracy

08 Sep 2018
09:30 - 11:00
Salle de Réunion

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.