International Sociology and International Sociology Reviews

Topic of the Month, January 2022

‘Emotions’ is our Topic of the Month for January 2022. On this topic, enjoy Free Access all month to this article by Adrián Scribano (CONICET, Gino Germani Research Institute, Buenos Aires University, Argentina) published in International Sociology, Emotions and politics of sensibilities in Latin America. Read on to know more about the author’s trajectory and work.

Adrián Scribano

Why are you working on this topic? Could you share an experience, a fact, or a person who made you get engaged in that research?

A. Scribano: Emotions are a central axis to explain the processes of social structuration at the planetary level and to understand the keys to reworking the sociology of the colonization of the inner planet (Scribano 2021) as one of the significant challenges of the social sciences of the 21st century.

The factors that have driven me to study bodies/emotions are of two types: academic and personal.

From the academic point of view: a) my commitment to social movements in Argentina since 1991 led me to find and share a study time with Alberto Melucci, who was the theorist of collective action who, from a perspective of collective identity, best understood the emotional investment of all collective practice; b) in this context and the situation of the Argentine crisis of 2001, I began to investigate the connections between bodies/emotions, poverty and collective action that have led to my current systematic inquiries into interstitial practices such as reciprocity, happiness, love and hope (Scribano 2019).

From the personal point of view and after many years of investigating emotions one day the woman I love was diagnosed with cancer and three paths were opened: the experience of the energy of love as a track, the serenity of the spiritual, the proximity of God and the family (daughters) as a force and the conscious closeness with a “natural world” depredated as the engine.

To paraphrase what José Martí said about Latin American identity, emotions in this century are part of the problem but also the key to the solution.

Do you have any video, recorded conference, or online material that you would like us to share with others?

A. Scribano: The following video conference untitled “El amor como escándalo” was held in Spanish: My talk is from minute 3:29 to 53:27.

What would you emphasize about your academic trajectory? Can you highlight which have been your academic positions, universities, awards, departments and research centers?

A. Scribano:

2020: Doctor Honoris Causa, Universidad Nacional del Altiplano, Puno, Perú.
2017: Honorary Member, Asociación Mujeres para la Justicia, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2006: Distinguished Professor, Sociology, Universidad de El Salvador.
2002: PhD, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Buenos Aires.
2001: Illustrious Visitor of the city of Antigua, Guatemala, Asociación Latinoamericana de Sociología.
1987: Graduate in Development Sciences. Specialization in Political Sociology. ILADES. Santiago of Chile. Postgraduate degree recognized by the University of Leuven to pursue my Doctorate and of equal value to my Bachelor’s Degree in Political and Social Sciences. With masters level.
1985: Degree in Political Science, Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, Catholic University of Córdoba, Argentina.
1983: Diploma of Human Rights, Institute of Human Rights, Law School, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain.

Director of the Centre for Sociological Research and Studies (CIES and Principal Researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina.
Coordinator of the Study Group on Sociology of Emotions and Bodies, in the Gino Germani Research Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, and also of the Program of Collective Action and Social Conflict CIECS-CONICET- Faculty of Social Sciences, National University of Cordoba, Argentina.
Chercheur Associé LEIRIS (Laboratoire d’études interdisciplinaires sur le Réel et les imaginaires sociaux), Paul Valéry Montpellier 3, Département de sociologie de la Faculté des Sciences du Sujet et de la Société.
Director of Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios sobre Cuerpos, Emociones y Sociedad and Editorial Management Board Member of “Society and Emotion Journal”, Bristol University Press.
Coordinator of the 26 Working Group on Bodies and Emotions of the Latin American Association of Sociology (ALAS), Vice-President of the Thematic Group 08 on Society and Emotions of the International Sociological Association (ISA), President of the International Network of Sociology of Sensibilities (ReDISS), and Member of the Sociology of Emotions Research Network (RN11) of the European Sociological Association (ESA).

Do you want to add any other information?

A. Scribano: I have an Instagram account: @adrianscribano

Scribano, A. (2021) Colonization of Inner Planet. 21st Century Social Theory from the Politics of Sensibilities, Routledge.
Scribano, A. (2019) Love as a Collective Action: Latin America, Emotions and Interstitial Practices, Routledge.