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Emma Hutchison

Emma Hutchison is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Political Science and International Studies at The University of Queensland. Her current research examines trauma and emotions in world politics, as well as how the emotional dimensions of disaster images shape humanitarian practices. As an Associate Investigator with CHE, she is investigating the development of ‘humanitarian emotions’ during the modern era in order to trace the emotional origins of contemporary humanitarianism. Her research has appeared and is forthcoming in a range of scholarly books and journals. Her first book, Affective Communities in World Politics: Collective Emotions After Trauma, was published in 2016 with Cambridge University Press, and was awarded the  British International Studies Association Susan Strange Book Prize 2017.

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Disaster Imagery and the History of Humanitarian Emotions

Selected Publications

Hutchison, E. Affective Communities in World Politics: Collective Emotions After Trauma. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Hutchison, E. and R. Bleiker. Emotions, Discourse and Power in World Politics'. Special Issue, 'Discourse and Emotions in International Relations'. International Studies Review, FirstView, 2017.

Selected Presentations

Keynote Presentation: ‘Humanitarian Emotions Through History: Imaging Suffering and Performing Aid’, ARC CHE Symposium on ‘Emotions, Media and History: Theory and Practice’, The University of Adelaide, 23 September 2016 (presented via video and Skype). Invited.

Selected Awards

Hutchison, E. ARC DECRA DE180100029 $355,847.00 for project ‘Emotions and the future of international humanitarianism’. Awarded 10 November 2017.

Hutchison, E. UQ Foundation in Research Excellence Award AUD60,000 for project ‘Emotions and the History of International Humanitarianism’. Awarded 13 September 2017.