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since September 2020 Reserach fellow, Project "Value Conflicts in a Differentiated Europe", Europe-University Flensburg
2015-2020 Research fellow, Projekt "Horizontal Europeanisation: Europe of the People", Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
2013-2014 Data analyst, Projekt "MEMO (Monitoring Exchange Mobility Outcomes)", CHE Consult, Berlin
2009-2012 Student assistant, Cluster "Languages of Emotion", Freie Universität Berlin
2011-2012 Student assistant, GIB Gesellschaft für Innovationsforschung und Beratung mbH, Berlin
2008 Expert in the public-academic project "People's choice - Analysis of Election Programs of the Parties", Institute of International Relations and Political Science, University of Vilnius
2006 Internship, Persidential Office of the Republic Lithuania
since October 2011 Doctoral student, Department of Sociology, Freie Universität Berlin
Thesis "The Emotional Dynamics of Political Scandals" (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Christian von Scheve, Prof. Dr. Rainer Schützeichel)
2008-2010 M.A. Sociology - European Societies, Freie Universität Berlin
2003-2007 B.A. Political Science, University of Vilnius
Grants and Scholarships
2012-2015 Doctoral grant of the FNS (Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation) for Freedom
2008-2010 DAAD (German Academic Exchange Services) sholarship for the Masters in Germany
Other academic activities
Advisory Board of the European Sociological Association RN Sociology of Emotions
Scandal is a hard to define phenomenon mainly because its symbolic relevance
overrides its real efects: The public attention to the scandal and
ascribed normative transformative potential are enormous (Hondrich
2002; Neckel 1989), but real changes in the social or political system barely
noticeable (Neckel 2005: 110; Thompson 2000). More often than not, scandalogists
themselves acknowledge that political scandal is a staging process
(Inszenierung) which directs the resentment of the people against the political
system to the singular event or one political personality, canalizes this
resentment, and therewith stabilizes the system instead of really challenging
and changing it (Bredow 1992; Schütze 1992). What seems to remain
of the scandal is the rhetoric of exaggeration and dramatic performance in
which emotional mobilization of the public plays a crucial role (cf. Käsler
1989). This emotional aspect of the scandalization and scandal formation,
however, is strongly understudied in the research on scandals in general
and political scandals in particular.
All in all, it is not uncommon to define scandal through public reaction
to it (e.g. Capelos 2010: 1512; Laermann 1984: 160) or through the speciic
reaction of moral outrage (e.g. Kepplinger 2012; Marker 2007: 7; also cf. Schütze 1992). The nature of this emotional reaction has hardly been analyzed. Therefore, the objective of my thesis is to disclosethe nature and role of emotions in political scandals. Generally, I claim
that emotions are not an epiphenomenon whose uncontrollable and unreflected
occurrence we observe in the scandal but cannot explain, since
it does not obey the rules of rationality and appropriate social behavior.
Instead, I argue that emotions, especially publically articulated emotions,
are available for the assessment of their reasonableness and justiiability.
Consequently, emotions in political scandals are not spontaneous and automatic
but individually as well as collectively manageable entities. Only
by being aware of these aspects of nature of public emotions we will be capable of adequately explaining how emotions shape the political scandal.
Therefore, the objective of my doctoral thesis is to investigate the articulation of emotions in the public
discourse in order to better understand the emotional logic and dynamics of political scandals.
Research questions are as follows: what emotions and how are displayed in the media during the
scandal; how emotions are constructed and culturally coded in the discourse; how the media handles
emotions of the public and other political and societal actors relevant in the scandal; as well as
whether and how these emotions are transformed or interpreted differently in the course of scandal.
Deutschmann, Emanuel; Delhey, Jan; Verbalyte, Monika; Aplowski, Auke (2018):. in: European Journal of Political Research, 57(4): 963-988.
Verbalyte, Monika; von Scheve, Christian (2018):. in: Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research 31(2): 162-188.
Delhey, Jan; Deutschmann, Emanuel; Verbalyte, Monika; Aplowski, Auke (2020): Netzwerk Europa: Wie ein Kontinent durch Mobilität und Kommunikation zusammenwächst. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. Also visit project internet page: .
Contributions in edited volumes:
Verbalyte, Monika (2020): Evoking Forgiveness Without Apology? Emotional Anatomy of the Political Resignation. in: André Haller, Hendrik Michael (ed.): Scandalogy 2: Cultures of Scandals – Scandals in Culture. Köln: Halem, pp. 51-81.
Delhey, Jan; Verbalyte, Monika; Aplowski, Auke; Deutschmann, Emanuel (2019):. in: Martin Heidenreich (ed.): Horizontal Europeanisation: The Transnationalisation of Daily Life and Social Fields in Europe. London/New York: Routledge, pp. 63-84.
Verbalyte, Monika (2018):l. in: André Haller, Hendrik Michael, Martin Kraus (eds.): Scandalogy: An Interdisciplinary Field. Köln: Halem, pp. 63-88.
Verbalyte, Monika (2016):. in: Andrew Fox (ed.): Global Perspectives on Media Events in Contemporary Society. Hershey: Information Science Reference, pp. 41-58.
Delhey, Jan; Verbalyte, Monika (2016):in: Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.): Der Kitt der Gesellschaft: Perspektiven auf den sozialen Zusammenhalt in Deutschland. Gütersloh: Verlag der Bertelsmann Stiftung, pp. 71-104.
Verbalyte, Monika (2015):. in: Verhandlungen der Kongresse der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie. Bd. 37: Routinen der Krise – Krise der Routinen. (Online publication)
Verbalyte, Monika (2018):. in: Digithum, 22. (Online publication)