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Experts from ten countries discuss at ICS the role of emotions in the management of International Office

"Emotions play a fundamental role in the construction of national identity and power dynamics between nations," says researcher Melike Akkaraca, organiser of the international symposium.

06 | 06 | 2022

"Emotions play a fundamental role in the construction of national identity and power dynamics between nations." So said Melike Akkaraca, Marie Curie researcher at group 'Public discourse' of the Institute for Culture and Society of the University of Navarra, at the framework of the international symposium 'Emotions and Foreign Policy in Global International Relations: The West and the Rest', which will be held on June 7 and 8. 

According to agreement , the emotional turn that has taken place in other fields of study is also visible in the study of International Office. She indicated that if one studies how affects and emotions are expressed in international discourses, for example in the context of NATO, "it can be seen that they have a lot to do with the configuration and consolidation of national or group identities and the prevailing power Structures ".

"The expression of emotions in this area, although not always explicit and easily identifiable, establishes understandable relationships for those involved and also for the spectators", he pointed out. In this sense, he indicated that through the expression of emotions in the speech, such as the disappointment of a group, it can characterise the other as guilty of a grievance and thus reinforce a speech of an innocent group against another manager. "Paying attention to this subject of expressions is fundamental to understand the International Office in force", he has considered. 

Speakers of more than ten nationalities

Researchers from more than ten countries are participating in the international symposium. The main speaker is Simon Koschut, Full Professor of International Security Policy at Zeppelin University, Germany. 

Specific cases are presented, such as the rivalry in the Maghreb, the International Office between Turkey and the US, or the European vision of Eastern countries

The activity is part of the project EMOFORTE (Emotions in Turkey's foreign policy towards the European Union), which Melike Akkaraca is developing at the ICS with funding from a financial aid Marie Sklodowska-Curie of the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme. His goal is to transform the knowledge social, political and cultural conditions of Turkey's foreign policy towards Europe. The project receives.