Emotions at Work. Intimacies, Labor, and Urban Space in the 20th Century

Workshop, 23-25 October 2019, Berlin, Germany

Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin


The workshop "Emotions at Work. Intimacies, Labor, and Urban Space" brings together researchers from Turkey, East-Asia, Africa, and Western Europe to discuss the connection between the history of emotions, labor history, and urban history in the 20th century.
We will start with a public roundtable discussion on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 4.30pm with Ute Frevert (Max Planck Institute for Human Development), Chitra Joshi (Delhi University), Valerie Walkerdine (Cardiff University), and Lynn Thomas (University of Washington).
The roundtable discussion and the workshop take place in the small conference room of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Lentzeallee 94, U Breitenbachplatz).
Please register with Anja Berkes (berkes@mpib-berlin.mpg.de).


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

4.30 pm Welcome
Rukmini Barua, Stephanie Lämmert, Esra Sarioglu, Julia Wambach (MPIB Berlin)

4.45 pm Public Roundtable: Emotions, Labor and the City: A New Paradigm?

Ute Frevert (MPIB Berlin)
Chitra Joshi (Delhi University)
Valerie Walkerdine (Cardiff University)
Lynn Thomas (University of Washington)

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Panel I Urban Intimacies
Discussant: Katrin Bromber (ZMO)

9.00-10.30 am
Rukmini Barua (MPIB Berlin): “Love, intimacy and family structures in postcolonial Delhi”
Zeynep Korkman (UCLA): “Divining Precarity: Gender, Labor, and Feeling in Turkey”

11.00 am-12.30 pm
Serawit Debele (MPI Göttingen): “The politics of falling in love among the Zega in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia”
Stephanie Lämmert (MPIB Berlin): “Sugar daddies, school girls and city nights: intimate encounters in urban Central Africa”

Panel II: Emotions of Industrial work
Discussant: Razak Khan (University of Erlangen)

2.00-3.30 pm
Julia Wambach (MPIB Berlin): “Losing work, losing solidarity? Repercussions of deindustrialization in France and Germany”
Christian Strümpell (Universität Hamburg): “Angst and Anger in an Eastern Indian Steel Town”

4 -5.30 pm
Jackie Clarke (University of Glasgow): Emotions, objects and memories of working life after factory closure
James Musonda (University of Liège): “Women in the underground mines: changing role of masculinities, and the impact of female wage on the concept of families in the Zambian mines and communities”

Friday, October 25, 2019
Panel III – Feeling the Hierarchies
Discussant: Joseph Ben Prestel (Freie Universität Berlin)

9.00 -10.30 am
Bridget Kenny (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg): “Lift Stories: The labour of affective relations in Johannesburg’s ‘intimate publics’ of elevators and shops in the 1960s”
Alpkan Birelma (Ozyegin University, Istanbul): “The impact of emotions connected to moral sensibilities on the working-class struggle”

11 am – 12.30 pm
Sarah Bellows-Blakely (Freie Universität Berlin): Empowering the Girl Child? The Neoliberal Turn in Development, from Nairobi to Beijing
Esra Sarioglu (MPIB Berlin): “Feelings of New Woman: Gender, Morality, and Politics in Contemporary Turkey”

2-3 pm Final Discussion
3.30 pm End of the Workshop