Trauma, Emotions and Memory in World Politics: The Case of the European Union’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East Conflict

Michelle Pace, Ali Bilgic

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This article focuses on the impact of emotions on the European Union (EU)’s international identity and agency in the context of memory of trauma. Emotions are understood as performances through which an actor expresses itself to others while constructing its identity, creating its agency, and potentially affecting the social order. It is argued that the memory of trauma is translated into EU foreign policy practice through emotional performances of EU representatives. Empirically, we explore this impact in relation to the EU’s engagement in the Israel-Palestinian prolonged conflict that has many underlying emotions linked with past traumatic experiences. By doing so we aim to instigate a discussion between the emotions literature in International Relations and the European Union studies literature to nuance understanding of the politics of emotions that increasingly constrain what kind of a global actor the EU actually is or can become.
TidsskriftPolitical Psychology
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)503-517
Antal sider15
StatusUdgivet - 23 maj 2018

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Important note regarding the attached version of the article: "This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Pace, M. and Bilgic, A. (2018), Trauma, Emotions, and Memory in World Politics: The Case of the European Union's Foreign Policy in the Middle East Conflict. Political Psychology, 39: 503-517. doi:10.1111/pops.12459, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions."

Michelle Pace is Professor with Special Responsibilities in EU-Middle East studies at Roskilde University, Denmark and Honorary Professor at POLSIS, University of Birmingham, UK.
Ali Bilgic is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Loughborough University, UK and Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity 2017-19, 'Migration and Human Security' at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam.
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