Emotions of Inclusion and Exclusion in Transnational Spaces

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Migrants and refugees typically experience inclusions and exclusions as they endeavour to settle in a new country and try to feel at home. Within these processes, emotions of inclusions and exclusions (joy, fear, rage, frustration, guilt, hope, promise, nostalgia, etc.) are negotiated by migrants and their significant others in myriad ways, as they experience them and reflect on them on a quotidian basis. Similar emotions are integrated in migrants’ experiences throughout their journeys, border crossings, departures, settlements, and movements between cultures.  

This interdisciplinary workshop brings together a series of papers that examine representations of how migrants feel, manage, articulate and narrate emotions of inclusion and exclusion in the course of diverse migration experiences in the past and present across global spaces. In particular, the workshop explores the agentive forces of emotions evidenced in processes of integration, as experienced by migrants and more sedentary local communities. The ultimate aim of the workshop is to underscore the degree in which emotions are significant in the analysis of mobile lives.

The workshop builds on the conference “Representations of Migration and Emotions of Exclusion,” which was held at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin (20-21 March 2019) as part of the Max Planck Society research initiative “Challenges of Migration, Integration and Exclusion”. Contributions in the workshop will be included in an edited volume that examines the interrelationships between migration and emotions, exclusion and inclusion, and representations and narratives, in both local and global discourses.


  • Dr Sonia Cancian, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Dr Peter Leese, Department of English, Germanic, and Romance Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Dr Soňa Mikulová, Center for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany