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Martial Foucault: The Politics of Emotion

Martial Foucault, Professor, Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po), Paris:


The Politics of Emotions: France’s Responses to the 2015 Terrorist Attacks

Tuesday April 12, 5:30-7pm

Room: German Library, room 252, building 260 



How do democratic societies respond to acts of terror? More precisely, what are the political consequences of the "Charlie Hebdo" attacks and the November 13 rampage in 2015 in Paris? Past research has examined the impact of threatening events on attitudes toward ethnic and religious minorities, as well as its influence on the endorsement of authoritarian policies. However, up until now, the impact of terrorist events on political participation has not been examined. This talk aims to assess the influence of fear and anger evoked by threat on the propensity to take part in various political activities, drawing on two representative surveys conducted in the aftermath of the January and November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. 


RSVP to Minjia Zhong at by Monday April 11.