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Schedule of upcoming events

On this page, we advertise the research activities that are of interest to members and friends of Thumos, especially the Thumos seminar, which is the main research activity of our group. Thumos seminars take place on Thursdays, 16h15-17h45 at the Bastions (room B214). Archives of the seminar are available here.

Members of the Swiss Doctoral School in Affective Sciences get credits if they participate to the seminar and their travel expenses can be reimbursed within Switzerland.

We also indicate events that may be of interest to students of the emotions or that happen on the same day : 

  • The CISA Lecture series take place on Tuesday, 12h15-13h15 at the Campus Biotech (seminar room will be communicated by email to the members).
  • The Quodlibeta takes place on Wednesday, 14h15-16h00 at the Bastions (room B101).
  • The Phileas talks usually takes place on Thursday in place of the Quodlibeta at the Bastions, 18h15-20h00.


Spring 2020

February 27, 2020 – Thumos Seminar

Emanuela Ceva (Geneva)

Individual responsibility under systemic corruption: A coercion-based view

Should officeholders be held individually responsible for submitting to systemically corrupt institutional practices? We draw an analogy between individual action under coercive threats and individual participation in  systemic corruption, and argue that the occupants of institutional roles who submit to corrupt practices are not excused by the existence of a systemic coercive threat. Even when they have good personal reasons to accept the threat, they remain morally assessable and, in the circumstances, they are also blameworthy for their actions in their institutional capacity.

March 3, 2020 – CISA Lecture 

Emanuela Ceva (Geneva)

Negative moral emotions and the transformation of relationships dynamics in processes of transitional justice.

March 5, 2020 – Thumos Seminar

Antoine Rebourg (Geneva)


March 12, 2020 – Thumos Seminar

Juliette Ferry Danini (Sorbonne University)


March 19, 2020 – Thumos Seminar

Toni Rønnow-Rasmussen (Lund)


March 26, 2020 – Thumos Seminar

Markus Kneer (Zürich)


April 2, 2020 – Thumos Seminar

Laurent Jaffro (Panthéon-Sorbonne)


April 7, 2020 – CISA Lecture 

David Garcia (Complexity Science Hub Vienna and Medical University of Vienna)

Computational Affective Science: Collective Emotions in the Digital Traces After a Terrorist Attack

April 9, 2020 – Thumos Seminar

Cécile Boisserie-Lacroix (EHESS)


April 23, 2020 – Thumos Seminar

Magalie Schor (Geneva)


April 30, 2020 – Thumos Seminar

Oded Na'aman (Jerusalem)

Meaningful Suffering

What actually arouses indignation over suffering,” Nietzsche writes, “is not the suffering itself, but the senselessness of suffering.” Though the distinction between meaningful and senseless suffering is only rarely discussed in contemporary moral philosophy, it is clearly significant. In this paper, I develop a fittingness-based account of meaningful suffering that explains the distinctive burden of senselessness and the way meaning can make suffering more bearable. In developing the account, I also argue that the common account of the distinction between rational and a-rational attitudes in terms of judgment-sensitivity is flawed; the distinction between rational and a-rational attitudes should be drawn, instead, in terms of fittingness. Meaningful suffering is a rational attitude in the sense that it purports to be fitting to what it is about; senseless suffering might occasionally be justified but it is not about anything at all. When suffering is meaningful it expresses the agent’s evaluative perspective on the world, it is the suffering of the person, unlike senseless suffering, which befalls the person.

May 7 - Thumos seminar

Benedetta Magro (Manchester)


May 14-15 2020 – Workshop "Knowledge and its Limits at 20"

May 28, 2020 – Thumos Seminar

Santiago Echeverri (UNAM)


June 25-26 – The Political Role of Moral Emotions

July 2-9 – International Summer School in Affective Sciences