“Nirmal Puwar’s book Space Invaders: Race, Gender and “Bodies out of Place” (2004) describes these processes very well: some bodies are “somatic norms,” they become rightful occupants of spaces.
From Sara Ahmed’s amazeballs blog, feministkilljoys. Which you should go read.
“Thinking of the face-to-face encounter as collective in its very singularity is about developing a different understanding of collective politics in which alliances are always formed, but are not assumed to take one form. That is, alliances are not always guaranteed by the pre-existing form of a social group or community, where that form is understood in terms of sameness or difference. The collective then is not simply about what ‘we’ have in common- or what ‘we’ do not have in common. Collectives are formed through the very work that we need to do in order to get closer to others, without simply repeating the appropriation of ‘them’ as labour or as a sign of difference. Collectivity then is intimately tied to the secrecy and intimacy of the encounter: it is not about proximity or distance, but a getting closer which accepts the difference and puts it to work.”
-Sara Ahmed, “The Other and Other Others.”
Below the cut is an example of the messy, imperfect work of writing. If you’re new around here, you should know that I use this space to help organise my brain when writing my dissertation, and also to keep my writing muscles moving when I’m stalled out on other projects. What I’m doing here (and in the next few posts, actually) is basically free writing, but free writing in an attempt to help me sort out how to articulate a connection that I need to bridge two sections of the chapter I’m working on. Also, the writing under the cut is currently incomplete, but I’m posting it in order to feel like I’m getting things done. You know, for motivation. I’ll indicate when it’s edited/closer to complete.
Oh. Here’s a picture of the inside of my face:
Continue reading “Writing Exercises: Writing it Out (Skim & Wounded Attachments)”
Below the cut, find my notes on Monica Chiu’s “A Moment Outside of Time,” which is a chapter on Tamaki and Tamaki’s Skim, and can be found in her collection Drawing New Color Lines. I’m putting my notes under the cut because they are boring as shit to anyone who isn’t me (obv), but you might be interested n my note-taking strategy. I picked up this strategy in a graduate class, and used it all of the way through my comps. It’s super simple: distill notes for each text down to a single page by focusing on keyword (brief definitions in plain language, with page numbers for reference where applicable), a summary of the text’s main argument (four sentences or less- an excellent skill to practice), and notes & questions (max four). Anyway: notes.
Continue reading “Notes on Monica Chiu’s “A Moment Outside of Time,” from her book Drawing New Color Lines”
I have spent six months trying to write a chapter on Julie Doucet’s My Most Secret Desire. In six months, I have produced 200 words. Today, I changed my text. I’ve written 300 words, and have successfully outlined a potential arc, including broad references to bodies of theory and specific texts/theorists. I’ve been working on it for fifteen minutes. This is text I’ll (now) be writing my second chapter on.
Can I have my six months back?