Shame and Citizenship in Democracy

20okt2017 09:30 - 19:00


Shame and its counterpart pride play a central role in political life. This is true not only in the context of an obvious politics of shaming, practiced both by established politics and critical political movements, and in the context of so-called populism. It is true also in the very general sense that shame expresses the experience of a loss of self-respect, and self-respect is a necessary condition for participating in social life. Thus the question what place the emotion of shame can, and should, have in the way democratic societies negotiate their conflicts is very much on the table.

Some of the most relevant interventions into the academic debate about this question come from the interdisciplinary field of Political Science, Cultural & Gender Studies. We invited two of those scholars who have recently offered important contributions to this discussion.


  • Jill Locke (Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota/USA)
  • Sally Munt (University of Sussex/GB)


9:30 Entrance/coffee & tea & cookies
10:00 Jill Locke: His Majesty the Baby: Donald Trump as the (Shameless) Child in Chief
12:00 Lunch
14:00 Sally Munt: Queer Shame in a Geopolitical Context
16:00 Rest period

In the evening (18:00) there will be an event on the same topic for a broader public at VoxPop.

18:00 VoxPop Panel with Jill Locke & Sally Munt: Does Democracy Need Unashamed Citizens?


Josef Fruchtl (Philosophy) & Natalie Scholz (History)

The main sponsor of the workshop is the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS). It is co-sponsored by ASCA, ASH & Philosophy/CCT.

Venue: UB, Belle van Zuylenzaal

Venue: Voxpop, Binnengasthuisstraat 9

Gepubliceerd door  Amsterdam School of Historical Studies