Sense-Methods v. Elisabeth Freeman

Dato: 28. marts 2017
Tid og sted: Kl. 10-14 i lokale U153, Campus Odense, SDU
Tilmelding: Var inden 21. marts 2017
ECTS: 0,5



Master class on “Sense-Methods”


“Sense-methods” refers to ways of doing, understanding, and conjoining with others using bodies and affects.  I am especially interested in methods that mobilize or confront time, as in, for example, the role of rhythm in coordinating group feeling and identification, or the ways the body is mobilized to archive and transmit the past.   Sense-methods are also a way to track how people congregate and are aggregated not only beyond the boundaries of identity but also beyond the codifications of sexuality, for they often involve things that are neither precisely sex nor completely cordoned off from it.  Finally, sense-methods is a mode of critical reading, one that relies on hunches and juxtapositions, ahistorical resonances across disparate texts and objects, rather than on preconstituted, period-bound archives.  It cannot take place without close reading, but it cannot be contained by the object under scrutiny.  We will read work that elaborates some sense-methods, and also talk about what kinds of protocols the concept might engender for the project of interpretation. 


For the first 90 minutes, we will discuss the readings and the protocols they suggest.  For the second 90 minutes, students will present work in condensed form (5-10 pages, depending on enrollment numbers) for commentary and questions.


Suggested readings:


Elizabeth Freeman, “Turn the Beat Around: Sadomasochism, Temporality, History,” in Time Binds Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010), 137-169.

John Protevi, “Above, Below, and Alongside the Subject,” in Political Affect: Connecting the Social and the Somatic (Minneapolis: University Minnesota Press, 2009), 3-32.

Diana Taylor, “Acts of Transfer,” from The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memories in the Americas (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003), 1-50.

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