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Violence as emotional dominance

09 August 2013

The role of emotional dominance in violent situations and how to respond to confrontations is the subject of keynote lecture at Cardiff University.

Randall Collins, Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania will give the next of Cardiff’s Distinguished Lectures, hosted by the School of Social Sciences.

According to Professor Collins, emotional dominance of one's opponent is the key to what happens in violence-threatening situations. In his lecture he will consider what causes emotional dominance, looking at different types of situations such as prolonged struggles and stalemates, as well as the sequence of events and emotional expressions of those involved. Practical advice for dealing with violent situations will also be suggested.

Violence as emotional dominance: Micro-sociological causes takes place on Thursday 26th September in the Julian Hodge Lecture Theatre. It starts at 6.00pm with a reception beforehand at 5.30pm. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance by emailing or by calling 029 2087 6935.

The Distinguished Lecture Series brings eminent and influential guest speakers to Cardiff University and a wider audience to showcase their work. Previous speakers include translator, playwright, novelist and poet Adam Thorpe; leading cultural historian Professor Robert Darnton; and Jon Crowcroft, Marconi Professor of Communications Systems in the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge.


Notes to editors

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University Chancellor Professor Sir Martin Evans. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise encompasses: the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences; and the College of Physical Sciences, along with a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff's three flagship Research Institutes are offering radical new approaches to neurosciences and mental health, cancer stem cells and sustainable places.

For further information contact:

Victoria Dando, Public Relations, Cardiff University, Tel: 02920 879074, Email: