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DANCING BETWEEN ANGER AND LOVE: REFLECTIONS ON GENDER ACTIVISM IN ACADEMIA, v. Ana María Munar, Copenhagen Business School

Do we need anger to advance an agenda of gender equity? Is love the appropriate emotion or a misplaced emotional reaction in the face of injustice? In this presentation I will apply the thesis presented by the philosopher Martha Nussbaum in Anger and forgiveness: Resentment, generosity, justice (2016) to examine a series of personal experiences of gender and feminist activism in academia. In her book, Nussbaum discusses the nature of anger and claims that anger is both a sign of deficient rationality and morally wrong. She defends that if we aim at developing a more just society that contributes to human flourishing we should reject anger and instead encourage a speedy form of transition-anger followed by a further emotional change into love. I will enter into dialogue with Nussbaum’s main thesis by examining a number of activist examples that go from the personal and intimate spheres to those of work environments and institutional settings and further to the level of scholarly global networks. I will finalize by reflecting on the bumpy emotional road that links anger and love, and challenge the thesis of Nussbaum by paying a deeper attention to the complex nature of love.