Event: Feelings over Facts – A New Look at Language and Political Psychology

06/21/2021 | by Benedikt Ruppert, Eva Laurie | Event

In the Transatlantic Tandem Talk “Feelings over Facts: A New Look at Language and Political Psychology”, Professors Joris Lammers (University of Cologne) and Matthew Baldwin (University of Florida) will highlight ways to exchange views with people of completely different political mindsets. The event will take place online on Wednesday 23 June at 6 pm (CEST).

The image shows a photographic montage of Cologne Cathedral (left) and the Statue of Liberty (right). In the centre, a text refers to the title of the event "Feelings over Facts: A New Look at Language and Political Psychology" and the two presenting researchers, Dr. Joris Lammers of University of Cologne and Dr. Matthew Baldwin of University of Florida. At the lower edge the logos of the partner organisations are displayed.
“Feelings over Facts: A New Look at Language and Political Psychology” will highlight ways to exchange views with people of different political mindsets. Image source: University of Cologne New York Office

Mutual understanding and intercultural competence are abilities we strive to promote and cultivate at EUniWell. The upcoming digital event “Feelings over Facts: A New Look at Language and Political Psychology” does both. This instalment of the series “Transatlantic Tandem Talks” will give insight into the research of Prof. Dr. Joris Lammers from the Cluster of Excellence ECONtribute at the University of Cologne, and Prof. Dr. Matt Baldwin from the University of Florida, who explore how conservatives’ and liberals’ views of policies are affected by language and framing.

As part of the free online talk, the researchers will illustrate why facts alone are not persuasive and shed light on how understanding each other’s perspective helps to overcome differences and reduce polarisation. Based on these insights, participants can also look forward to helpful pointers on how to communicate effectively with audiences across the political spectrum, and to hearing about the experiences of a German-American research collaboration —one that seeks to better understand how to bridge political divides and unlock the keys to successful diplomacy and mutual understanding.

The event will be moderated by Dr. Kathrin DiPaola (Programme Manager of the DWIH) and will include opening remarks by Dr. Eva Bosbach (Executive Director, University of Cologne New York Office), Dana Cowlishaw (Programme Coordinator, DFG Office North America) and Dr. Benjamin Becker (Managing Director, Amerikahaus NRW e.V.).

Background: Transatlantic Tandem Talk Series

The "Transatlantic Tandem Talks" are hosted on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the North America office of the University of Cologne in New York in the year 2021 in cooperation with its partners the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York, the German Embassy in Washington D.C., Deutsches Haus at NYU, DAAD New York, the German Research Foundation (DFG) North America, the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New York, 1014 Space for Ideas, the Goethe Institute New York, AmerikaHaus NRW e. V., and Wunderbar Together.

Information about this event:

Date: Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Time: 18:00 – 19:00 (CEST) / 17:00 – 18:00 (BST) / 12:00 – 13:00 (EDT)

The web-talk and Q&A will take place on Webex Meetings. The event is free, but registration is required; a special access link to the meeting will be sent out the morning of the event.

Please register here: www.eventbrite.com/e/feelings-over-facts-a-new-look-at-language-and-political-psychology-registration-158751314455

For help on how to join a Webex Meeting, see our step-by-step guide[E1] .

Joris Lammers is a social psychologist based at the University of Cologne and Chair of the research group in political psychology. His research focuses on social power, moral psychology and sexism & gender. He studies behavioural foundations of the political economy as an investigator in the Cluster of Excellence at the University of Cologne.

Matthew Baldwin is a social-quantitative scientist based at the University of Florida. As a member of the research faculty in psychology, he studies how basic mental processes shape the self and society and looks at authenticity, nostalgia, and politics, using big data to uncover broad social patterns. He completed a DFG postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cologne.


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