Embodying/ Performing/ Affecting
The theme of the conference asks us to think about ways in which feminist practices confront hegemonies and mechanisms of dispossessions, as well as about the ways in which they can in fact contribute to them and uphold them. This conference-stream focuses on exploring the triadic interconnections between affect/matter/performativity. Building off of the earlier theorisations of the political, contextual and performative nature of the ‘matter’, recent feminist scholarship elaborates these interconnections vis-à-vis material forms of racialised, sexualised, disability-, class- and religion-specific forms of empowerment as well as dispossessions and abandonment.
This stream is interested in exploring the ways in which the many recent theorisations of performativity, matter and materiality for example in works of new materialism, affect theory, post-humanism and animal studies, debility and disability studies, critical race theory and decoloniality reconceptualised the notions of normative violence, hegemony and of the political at large. We are also particularly interested in contributions that follow tensions embedded in the matter, the material conditions of oppression on the one hand, and the openings for resistance and change on the other, and discuss the many ways in which performing inhabits such ambivalent positions.
The Embodying/Performing/Affecting stream thus seeks papers and panelists that might engage with such broad questions as the following:
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