Chantal Mouffe


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Professor of Political Theory, University of Westminster

Albert Hirschman Visiting Fellow
(May – July 2019)


The Politics of Affects

During my fellowship I will develop my work on the political by examining the process of construction of political identities. Taking my bearings from Spinoza and Freud, who have both insisted that it is desire that moves human beings to act and that what makes them act in one direction rather than in another are the affects, I will  examine how ‘common affects’ (that I call ‘passions’) are mobilized in the constitution of collective identities.

I am particularly interested in bringing to the fore the role played by affects in the construction of the we/they discrimination that I take to be constitutive of political struggle.

Previous stays at the IWM:
May – July 2017,  Albert Hirschman Visiting Fellow