Conference: Communities of Fear

Fear is an unpleasant and powerful emotion that has played a significant role in the development and transformation of societies, politics, religions, and cultures throughout history. As a social emotion, it shapes the relationship with other people and communities and may lead to forms of collective identity making and acts of collective discrimination or solidarity. Fear and its related emotions and affects are critical to understand how communities feel, think, and interact with each other in the past, present, and future.

Focusing on the Mediterranean and its connected areas, this interdisciplinary conference explores fear at the crossroads of Africa, Asia, and Europe from a diachronic perspective. It sheds light on affective economies and emotional communities and discusses social practices and political performances of a highly ambivalent emotion. By bringing together a wide variety of disciplines, including but not limited to history, law, comparative literature, and political sciences, this conference aims to reveal the complexity and ubiquity of fear in societies, politics, religions, and cultures. Drawing on emotion studies and the affective turn, this conference seeks to offer a fresh and critical look at social encounters around the Mediterranean.

Find the program of the conference here.

If you like to attend, please send a message to Konstantin Klein: k.m.klein[at]


Date: 29 September - 02 October 2023

Venue: University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Language: English