Composing ‘Histories of the Present’

a quick pin, excerpted from Lauren Berlant's Cruel Optimism (p. 63-69): Here, figures move transversally across spaces, quickly and lingeringly, reflectively and in the flesh, projecting and sensing atmospheres and impacts to which they have to catch up and respond. Sometimes they unlearn, sometimes they repeat, sometimes they surprise themselves, often they just lean numbly or … Continue reading Composing ‘Histories of the Present’

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Cvetkovich, Ann. “Public Feelings”

Cvetkovich, Ann. "Public Feelings." South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 106, no. 3, 2007, pp. 459-68. To remember: The goal is to depathologize negative affects so that they can be seen as a possible resource for political action rather than as its antithesis. This is not, however, to suggest that depression is thereby converted into a positive … Continue reading Cvetkovich, Ann. “Public Feelings”

Ahmed, Sara. The Cultural Politics of Emotion. “Introduction: Feel Your Way”

Ahmed, Sara. The Cultural Politics of Emotion. New York London, Routledge, 2015. To remember: Bodies take the shape of the very contact they have with objects and others ... texts that circulate in public domain ... work by aligning with collectives by attributing "others" as the source of our feelings ... those who are 'not … Continue reading Ahmed, Sara. The Cultural Politics of Emotion. “Introduction: Feel Your Way”

Gregg, Melissa & Gregory Seigworth. “An Inventory of Shimmers”

Gregg, Melissa, and Gregory J. Seigworth. "An Inventory of Shimmers." The Affect Theory Reader. London: Duke University Press, 2010. Print. Moments to remember/return to [so many moments]: Affect is born in in-between-ness and resides as accumulative beside-ness. Affect can be understood then as a gradient of bodily capacity - a supple incrementalism of ever-modulating  force-relations - … Continue reading Gregg, Melissa & Gregory Seigworth. “An Inventory of Shimmers”