Fung Workshop | The Culture and Politics of Resentment

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 10:00am to Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 6:30pm
271 Louis A. Simpson International Building
Friday, October 18, 2019 - 10:00am to Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 6:30pm

It has become increasingly common to explain recent social and political upheaval with references to resentment. For example, white Americans’ resentment of their declining socioeconomic status led many to vote for Trump. Western Europeans’ resentment of immigrants and refugees drawing on states’ welfare programs generated dramatic support for Brexit and national far-right parties. Yet, resentment remains relatively poorly understood. What are its origins? How does it drive action? What differentiates resentment from anger, hatred, indignation, or ressentiment? 

The Fung Global Program of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies explored these questions during the 2016-17 academic year. Building on that work, this autumn’s Fung Fellowship Workshop aims to advance our theorization and empirical study of resentment. Drawing together scholars from across disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, the workshop critically interrogates our historical conceptualization of resentment, its power to act on the social world, and the current trend of ascribing unsettling sociopolitical events to a wave of “resentment”.

This event is organized by the Fung Global Fellows cohort from 2016-17.  The Faculty Director is Gyan Prakash, Dayton-Stockton Professor of History.


Sponsored by
Fung Global Fellows Program