ANXINT is an interdisciplinary research project, funded by a Marie Curie Global Fellowship (2017-9), which investigates how anxiety impacts individual –level political attitudes toward international issues, and in turn how prevalence of anxiety interacts with nativist and cosmopolitan norms in shaping international political attitudes. Bridging the fields of International Relations (IR), Psychology, and Philosophy, the research project aimed to contribute to the distinct but related literatures on ontological security, emotions, and norms in IR with a systematic analysis of anxiety. A novel conceptual/ analytical framework linking anxiety, norms, narratives and international political attitudes drawing primarily on existentialist philosophy and terror management theory in psychology was developed. Experimental analyses were conducted with university students at University of British Columbia and Koc University to derive cross-cultural comparative findings.
For some preliminary results, see the blogs below: