Workshop 1: Interdisciplinary workshop on methods
Berlin, 8-9 April, 2016
The first workshop served the development of a common understanding about methods concerning the research object. The network members first agreed on a concept of emotion. Different approaches of discourse analysis were identified and their relationship were problematized. Interdisciplinary approaches for detecting the emotion potential of speech acts were consulted to cast a methodological and conceptual foundation upon which the subsequent empirical case studies can build on. There was external input by experts from Sociology and Neuropsychology as well as working papers by the members of the network that created the opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange on the crucial link between language and emotion and the framework for an interdisciplinary dialogue on methods.
Workshops 2: Empirical workshop
Berlin, 2-3 September, 2016
Building on the methodological and conceptual foundation of the first workshop, the second and third workshops carried out the phase of empirical operationalization. The aim of the second workshop was to structure and roughly analyze (based on short discussion and working papers) the data material of the empirical case studies.
Workshops 3: Empirical workshop
Berlin, 24-25 March, 2017
The third workshop served the goal of identifying the emotion potential and the emotionalization of the selected conflict discourses in more detail. For this purpose, the members of the network presented their results in the form of detailed case studies. The papers of both workshops were discussed by external scholars. The case studies are meant as drafts for later publication in the envisioned edited volume.
Workshop 4: Workshop on theory
The last workshop will be held in the form of an author workshop in order to realize the envisioned result of an edited volume. In addition, the empirical comparative studies and their analysis are to lead to theory-oriented theses. It is hardly feasible to develop a theory for the constructivist analysis of emotions in IR within the dedicated time frame. Rather, we employ the empirical case studies to inductively develop tentative theoretical statements that may deliver promising building blocks for a future model of emotion-based discourse analysis within the constructivist paradigm.