This focus group will explore the theme of affective solidarities through storytelling and situated encounters. We will create, share, and explore first-person narratives, with attention to theories of affect and communities of memory, for the purpose of unpacking the potentials and limitations of solidarities across difference. In addition to the use of storytelling as a method to counteract political apathy, we will examine the creative use of particular spaces as sites of resistance and empowerment, and where counterdominant narratives can be nurtured and sustained. Finally, we will discuss and engage with processes of self transformation through revaluation and reclamation of embodied identities, radical self-love and empathy in relation to solidarity building.
Examples of materials we will use during the course:
Hemmings, Clare. "Affective solidarity: Feminist reflexivity and political transformation." Feminist Theory 13.2 (2012): 147-161.
Million, D. "Felt Theory: An Indigenous Feminist Approach to Affect and History." Wicazo Sa Review, vol. 24 no. 2, 2009, pp. 53-76. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/wic.0.0043.
Crossing Arizona. Dir. Joseph Mathew and Dan DeVivo. Perf. Mike Wison, Chris Simcox. Passion River, 2009. DVD.