Dr Emma Hutchison

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Political Science and International Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Overview

Emma Hutchison is a UQ Research Fellow in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia. Before this, she was the 2010 Australian European University Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

Her research focuses on emotions and trauma in world politics, particularly in relation to the politics and ethics of community, security, humanitarianism and international aid.

Her current key research projects examine:

  • Emotions and World Politics. This involves further research on the roles emotions play in world politics. It draws and extends upon Dr Hutchison's recent book, Affective Communities in World Politics: Collective Emotions After Trauma (Cambridge Studies in International Relations, Cambridge University Press, 2016 - winner of the BISA Susan Strange Book Prize for 2017) as well as collaborative work conducted together with Professor Roland Bleiker.
  • Emotional Cultures and the Politics of Humanitarianism. This new single authored project inquires into emerging cultures of 'humanitarian emotions'. It investigates how the history of representing distant suffering has enabled particular emotional discourses and practices through which humanitarianism is now conceived of and enacted. Research has already begun through an ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions AI project on 'Disaster Imagery and the History of Humanitarian Emotions'. This research is being undertaken by way of a UQ Research Fellowship from January 2017.
  • Images and Humanitarian Crises. As part of a research team with Professor Roland Bleiker and Professor David Campbell, Dr Hutchison was awarded a 2010 ARC Discovery Grant for a project on 'How images shape responses to humanitarian crises'. This project entails a series of articles and co-authored book.

Along with these key research areas, Dr Hutchison is also interested in, and undertaking smaller projects on, the politics of aesthetics, visual culture, literature and contemporary feminism.

Further information on her research and forthcoming publications is available at both: http://www.ehutchison.com and https://uq.academia.edu/EmmaHutchison.

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

Single-Authored Books

Affective Communities in World Politics: Collective Emotions After Trauma. Cambridge Studies in International Relations, Cambridge University Press, 2016. **Winner of the British International Studies Association Susan Strange Book Prize for 2017.

Edited Collections

Emotions and World Politics (with Roland Bleiker), in International Theory, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2014.

Journal Articles

"Emotions, Discourse and Power in World Politics" (with Roland Bleiker), International Studies Review, forthcoming in a special Forum section edited by Simon Koschut.

"Theorizing Emotions in World Politics" (with Roland Bleiker), International Theory, Vol. 6. No. 3, 2014.

"A Global Politics of Pity? Disaster Imagery and the Emotional Construction of Solidarity after the 2004 Asian Tsunami", International Political Sociology, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2014.

"The Visual Dehumanization of Refugees" (with Roland Bleiker, David Campbell and Xzarina Nicholson), Australian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 48, No. 4, 2014.

"Affective Communities as Security Communities", Critical Studies on Security, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2013.

"Trauma and the Politics of Emotions: Constituting Identity, Security and Community after the Bali Bombing," International Relations, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2010.

"Unsettling Stories: Jeanette Winterson and the Cultivation of Political Contingency", Global Society, Vol. 24, No. 3, 2010.

"Emotional Reconciliation: Reconstituting Identity and Community After Trauma" (with Roland Bleiker), European Journal of Social Theory, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2008.

"Fear No More: Emotions and World Politics" (with Roland Bleiker), Review of International Studies, Vol. 34, 2008.

Book Chapters

"Humanitarian Emotions Through History: Imaging Suffering and Performing Aid", forthcoming in Dolorès Martin Moruno and Beatriz Pichel (eds.), Emotional Bodies: Studies on the Historical Performativity of Emotions. Illinois: University of Illinois Press.

"Trauma", forthcoming in Roland Bleiker (ed.), Visual Global Politics. Interventions Book Series, Routledge.

"Grief and the Transformation of Collective Emotions After War" (with Roland Bleiker), in Linda Ahall and Thomas Gregory (eds.), Emotions, Politics and War. Milton Park and New York: Routledge, 2015.

"Art, Aesthetics and Emotionality" (with Roland Bleiker), in Laura J. Shepherd (ed.), Gender Matters in World Politics: A Feminist Introduction to International Relations, 2nd edition. Milton Park and New York: Routledge, 2014.

"Imaging Catastrophe: The Politics of Representing Humanitarian Crises" (with Roland Bleiker and David Campbell), in Michele Acuto (ed.), Negotiating Relief: The Dialectics of Humanitarian Space. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

"Emotions in the War on Terror" (with Roland Bleiker), in Alex J. Bellamy, Roland Bleiker, Sara E. Davies and Richard Devetak (eds.), Security and the War on Terror. London: Routledge, 2008.

Research Interests

  • International Relations and International Political Theory
    Critical, interdisciplinary and ethical engagements with contemporary world politics. The challenge of conceptualising the global politics of emotions, particularly in relation to humanitarianism, aid and development.
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
    Questions of identity, culture and community formation, with particular reference to how societies can best work through the legacy of violence and trauma. Reconciliation and justice in divided societies.
  • The Politics of Emotions
    Conceptualising the social and political significant of emotion and affect at all levels of society and politics, from the local to the global and transnational.
  • Visual Politics
    The politics and ethics of visual communication, focusing on the visual politics of international aid, humanitarianism and security.

Research Impacts

Although still an early-career researcher, Emma has published with leading academic journals and university book presses, and has a growing international reputation for research on emotions and world politics. In addition to scholarly impacts, Emma's research engages an audience beyond academic circles. She has been in close contact with humanitarian NGOs and she provides commentaries through social media, most recently in a series of blogs for the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Available Projects

  • Theorizing emotion and affect in world politics. Examining the politics and ethics of affective communal attachments, and the implications of such attachments for conceptions and practices of humanitarianism, international aid and development. Prospective RHD students interested in these (and surrounding) emerging debates are encouraged to get in touch about potential supervision.

  • Research in this area intersects with both ARC Discovery Project sponsored research, conducted together with Prof. Roland Bleiker and Prof. David Campbell, and new work on emotions and humanitarianism. These projects investigate in how images help to shape humanitarian sentiments and responsibilities. In doing so, they examine the politics and ethics of dominant forms of disaster imagery, analyzing in particular the roles emotions and culture play in paradoxically enabling yet also limiting responses to humanitarian crises. Prospective RHD students in these and associated research areas are also encouraged to get in touch.

  • Research on humanitarianism emerges from previous and current work on emotions and community in world politics, and in particular how images and the emotions they solicit shape humanitarian responses. Especially interested in exploring the emotional underpinnings - and historical development - of contemporary humanitarianism.

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Hutchison, Emma and Bleiker, Roland (2015). Grief and the transformation of emotions after war. In Linda Åhäll and Thomas Gregory (Ed.), Emotions, politics and war (pp. 210-221) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Hutchison, Emma, Bleiker, Roland and Campbell, David (2014). Imaging catastrophe: the politics of representing humanitarian crises. In Michele Acuto (Ed.), Negotiating relief: the politics of humanitarian space (pp. 47-58) London, United Kingdom: Hurst & Co Publishers.

  • Bleiker, Roland and Hutchison, Emma (2013). Reconciliation. In Roger Mac Ginty (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of peacebuilding (pp. 81-90) Abington, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Hutchison, Emma and Bleiker, Roland (2012). Ungendering the links between emotions and violence: towards a political appreciation of empathy and compassion. In Linda Åhall and Laura J. Shepherd (Ed.), Gender, agency and political violence (pp. 151-168) Houndmills, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Hutchison, Emma and Bleiker, Roland (2008). Emotions in the war on terror. In Alex J. Bellamy, Roland Bleiker, Sara E. Davies and Richard Devetak (Ed.), Security and the war on terror (pp. 57-70) London, England: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780203028094

  • Bleiker, Roland and Hutchison, Emma (2008). Fear no more: Emotions and world politics. In Costas M. Constantinour, Oliver P. Richmond and Alison M. S. Watson (Ed.), Cultures and politics of global communication (pp. 115-135) Cambridge , U.K.: Cambridge University Press.

Journal Article

Other Outputs

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Theorizing emotion and affect in world politics. Examining the politics and ethics of affective communal attachments, and the implications of such attachments for conceptions and practices of humanitarianism, international aid and development. Prospective RHD students interested in these (and surrounding) emerging debates are encouraged to get in touch about potential supervision.

  • Research in this area intersects with both ARC Discovery Project sponsored research, conducted together with Prof. Roland Bleiker and Prof. David Campbell, and new work on emotions and humanitarianism. These projects investigate in how images help to shape humanitarian sentiments and responsibilities. In doing so, they examine the politics and ethics of dominant forms of disaster imagery, analyzing in particular the roles emotions and culture play in paradoxically enabling yet also limiting responses to humanitarian crises. Prospective RHD students in these and associated research areas are also encouraged to get in touch.

  • Research on humanitarianism emerges from previous and current work on emotions and community in world politics, and in particular how images and the emotions they solicit shape humanitarian responses. Especially interested in exploring the emotional underpinnings - and historical development - of contemporary humanitarianism.