Alba Montes Sánchez

Alba Montes Sánchez


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    As a postdoc at the Center for Subjectivity Research I am affiliated with the project Antagonistic Political Emotions. In this framework, I am primarily investigating the transformations that impact the sense of belonging of migrants and expats upon relocation, including some potentially confrontational negotiations with the host society on what it means to belong or to be an outsider. My line of research seeks to shed light on the sense of belonging (what it means to feel one belongs or doesn’t belong) by focusing on several key emotions that bear upon it. On the one hand, I look at nostalgia and hope as two phenomena that structure one’s relations to one’s past and future, thus articulating one’s sense of identity over time. On the other hand, I pay attention to a class of emotions that bind one’s sense of self with other people’s way of treating and relating to us: the so-called self-conscious emotions, such as pride, shame and envy. In these emotions, we often evaluate ourselves based on how we fare in our relations with our social environment. By looking at all these emotions, I seek to shed light on the temporal and social dimensions of belonging.

    More generally, my research focuses on the philosophy and moral psychology of emotions, at the intersection of philosophy of mind and phenomenology. In the past I’ve worked extensively on the moral significance of shame at the individual level, and I’ve done research on the intersection between human self-consciousness and sociality by focusing on the social dimensions of self-conscious emotions, such as shame, envy, pride, embarrassment, and so on. On the whole, I am interested in understanding how emotions contribute to making us who we are as individuals and groups, as well as the crucial roles they play in informing our moral and political thinking and action. You can find out more about my research in this podcast interview.

    Primary fields of research

    Philosophy of Mind, Phenomenology, Selfhood, Intersubjectivity, Sociality and Group Membership, Narrative Identity, Moral Psychology and Phenomenology, Emotion (especially self-conscious and moral emotions), Ethics and Emotion, Shame, Nostalgia, Belonging


    At the moment I do not teach any courses, but I am avilable to supervise MA or BA theses on topics related to my research and I welcome expressions of interest in this regard.

    Selected publications

    1. Published

      Emotional Self-Knowledge

      Montes Sánchez, Alba (ed.) & Salice, A. (ed.), 2 Jun 2023, New York: Routledge. 242 p. (Routledge studies in contemporary philosophy).

      Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

    2. Published

      Self-Understanding and Moral Self-Improvement in Individual Shame and Shame Based on Group Identification

      Montes Sánchez, Alba & Salice, A., 2023, The Moral Psychology of Shame. Fussi, A. & Rodogno, R. (eds.). Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, (Moral Psychology of the Emotions).

      Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

    3. Published

      Hetero-induced shame and survivor shame

      Montes Sánchez, Alba, 1 May 2020, The Routledge Handbook of Phenomenology of Emotion. Taylor and Francis Inc., p. 455-465 11 p.

      Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

    4. Published

      Pride, Shame and Group Identification

      Salice, A. & Montes Sánchez, Alba, 2016, In: Frontiers in Psychology. 7, 557

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    5. Published

      Shame and the Internalized Other

      Montes Sánchez, Alba, 2015, In: Etica e Politica / Ethics and Politics. XVII, 1, p. 181-200 20 p.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    Selected activities

    1. Towards a Phenomenology of the Sense of Belonging and the Emotional Impact of Migration

      Montes Sánchez, Alba (Invited speaker)

      28 Mar 2023

      Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

    2. Emotional Self-Knowledge

      Montes Sánchez, Alba (Organizer) & Salice, A. (Organizer)

      4 May 20226 May 2022

      Activity: Participating in an event - typesOrganisation of and participation in conference

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