The Cultural Shaping of Emotion

Pre-Conference at ISRE, 10th July 2019


Jozefien De Leersnyder, University of Amsterdam
Michael Boiger, University of Amsterdam


Twenty-five years after Markus and Kitayama published “Emotion and Culture: Empirical Studies of Mutual Influence” (1994), the first edited volume of its kind, this preconference aims to highlight how the study of emotion and culture has advanced since. Specifically, this pre-conference aims to provide a platform for state-of-the-art research on the dynamic and mutual constitution of culture, emotion and well-being. It will feature invited speakers from not only social and cultural psychology, but also from developmental psychology, anthropology, applied linguistics, clinical psychology and social neuroscience. As such, we aim to gain a nuanced and multi-disciplinary understanding of the interplay between culture and emotion. Such an understanding is relevant for emotion science because it highlights the social and contextual nature of emotion, and may also help move research beyond the (once) heated debates on the universality versus culture-specificity of emotion. Moreover, understanding the cultural shaping of emotion is ever more relevant for our increasingly diverse societies, where emotional misunderstandings may fuel intercultural conflict, hamper social relations, and limit the reach of (mental health) interventions.

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Abstract Submissions

We are inviting attendees of the preconference to present their research in a poster as well as flash talk session. Submissions are welcome from researchers of all relevant disciplines and from all career stages and may include empirical or theoretical research on any topic related to culture and emotion.

Please submit the following to Fatana Mirzada F.Mirzada@uva.nl:

  • Title of your presentation
  • All authors and affiliations (please identify presenting author)
  • Abstract of max. 200 words
  • If you are aiming for a poster or flash talk presentation, and whether you would like your proposal to be considered for a poster presentation if it is not selected for oral presentation.

The extended deadline for submissions is May 10, 2019 at 12:00 (noon, Amsterdam time).

Invited speaker bios

Batja Mesquita, KU Leuven
Batja Mesquita is Professor and Director of the Center of Social and Cultural Psychology at the University of Leuven (Belgium). Most of her research focuses on the dynamic relationship between culture and emotions. Her current research topics include emotional acculturation, and emotions in groups and dyads. Mesquita was a Senior and Associate Editor for Psychological Science and currently serves as Co-Editor for the European Monographs on Social Psychology. She is a member of the Royal Belgian Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a 2018 recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant on Emotions as Gateways for Minority Inclusion.

Yulia Chentsova-Dutton, Georgetown University
Yulia Chentsova Dutton is a cultural psychologist. Her work is inspired by the notion that it is possible for us to study culture in methodologically rigorous ways without losing sight of its complexity. Dr. Chentsova Dutton's interests center on cultural shaping of emotions and social support. Her research examines how emotions and social support emerge from the interaction of universal tendencies (e.g., emotionally-valenced responses to personally relevant events, tendency to use social resources to solve problems), cultural scripts, and situational cues. Dr. Chentsova-Dutton is a native of Russia. She is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Georgetown University.

Maria Gendron, Yale University

Alba Jasini, KU Leuven
Alba Jasini is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leuven, Center for Social and Cultural Psychology. Her research lies at the intersection of emotion, culture, acculturation and intergroup relations: It aims to further our understanding of emotional acculturation in immigrant minorities. On the one hand, she seeks to map the micro- and macro- level factors that afford and constrain minorities’ emotional acculturation. On the other hand, she investigates the consequences of emotional acculturation to minorities’ wellbeing and social adjustment. Alba holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Leuven, an MSc in Psychology from the University of Amsterdam (major in Social Psychology), and a BA in Psychology from the University of Tirana (major in Clinical Psychology). Alba has also extensive professional experience as a researcher and practitioner in the fields of youth migration, child protection, and community development.

Birgitt Röttger-Rössler, Freie Universität Berlin
Prof. Dr. Birgitt Röttger-Rössler is full professor of social and cultural anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin and director of the Collaborative Research Center “Affective Societies. Dynamics of Sociality in a World in Motion” at Freie Universität Berlin. Besides this, she acts as head of the research unit “Anthropology of Emotion” at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology. Her latest research focuses on childhood, socialization, parenting and schooling; her regional focus is on Southeast Asian societies. She conducted several years of fieldwork, mainly in Indonesia. Her current research projects deal with the socialization of emotions in cross-cultural comparison and with the formation of feeling in the transnational social field of Vietnamese Berlin. She is author of two monographs, numerous journal articles and book chapter as well as editor of several books.

Mary-Helen Immordino-Yang, University of Southern California
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang is Professor of Education, Psychology and Neuroscience at University of Southern California. She studies the neuropsychological development of emotion and self-awareness, and connections to social, cognitive and moral development. She uses interdisciplinary studies of narratives and feelings to uncover experience-dependent neural mechanisms contributing to identity, intrinsic motivation, deep learning, and abstract thought. Her work has a special focus on adolescents from low-SES communities, and she involves youths from these communities as junior scientists in her work. A former teacher, she has received numerous awards for her research and impact on society and education.