Understanding Emotion in the Context of Intractable, Intergroup Conflict

Event Date: Thursday April 27, 2017
Time: 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Land Lecture Hall, Belfer B-400, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge, MA

The Program on Negotiation,
The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution,
the Management, Leadership, and Decision Science Area at the Harvard Kennedy School,
and the Middle East Initiative at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs present:

Understanding Emotion in the Context of Intractable, Intergroup Conflict

Eran Halperin

Professor Eran Halperin

Dean, School of Psychology
Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Israel


Thursday, April 27, 2017
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Land Lecture Hall, Belfer B-400
Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA

Please RSVP by April 19. RSVP is required, and space is limited.

About the Talk:

Recent years have seen researchers making initial steps towards drawing on insights from emotion research in the study of conflicts. Dr. Halperin argues that building bridges between these two communities (i.e., scholars of emotions and those studying conflict resolution) would help us to form a better understanding of core processes in emotion and emotion regulation as well as greatly advance theory and practice in conflict resolution. But the knowledge on emotion and emotion regulation cannot simply be implanted “as is” into the study of these unique contexts. Dr. Halperin’s talk will begin with outlining the importance but also the challenges of integrating these two disciplines. He will detail the contextual factors unique to intractable conflict that must be taken into account when studying emotional processes. Dr. Halperin will close by discussing the challenges facing those wishing to integrate conflict studies and emotion research.

About Eran Halperin:

Professor Eran Halperin is Dean of the School of Psychology and Professor at Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. An award-winning pioneer in examining emotion processes using field experiments, Dr. Halperin’s research uses psychological and political theories to investigate causal factors driving intergroup conflicts. More specifically, his work develops new approaches for modifying the psychological roots of intolerance, exclusion and intergroup violence. The unique case of Israeli society in general, and of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular, motivates much of his work and, hence, most of his studies are conducted within the context of that “natural laboratory.” His laboratory currently spearheads a government sponsored project to standardize social inclusion in Israeli education.

About the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar Series: 

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution series is sponsored by the Program on Negotiation, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public PolicyThe Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Boston area members of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. The theme of the Kelman Seminar is “Negotiation, Conflict and the News Media”.


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