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Discussion: Forms of Attachment. ICI Berlin - 2012

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Published on Jul 10, 2012

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Discussion with Lauren Berlant and Kathleen Stewart

Affect at the Limits of the Political

Affective attachments can be regarded as fostering a kind of complementarity, yet without negating the tense nature of mixed and sometimes contradicting feelings. We would like to investigate this aspect in more detail by posing the following questions: How do affective attachments function as structures of relationality that organize lived experiences of the present? What role do sensory registers play in the accretion of habits, histories, and rhythms of living into forms of sociality? What forms of life are made possible and available, disavowed and denied by ambivalent investments in objects of promise and nostalgia that appear increasingly frayed, including neoliberal good-life fantasies and images of sovereign and imperial nation-states? How are these investments sustained and how do they circulate in what Kathleen Stewart describes as the "charged atmosphere" of ordinary living?

Interrogating forms of attachment means thinking about how material and affective structures give shape to subjectivities, publics, nations, and worlds. It demands looking closely at how forms of life are organized and disorganized at the very moment of their emergence and at the openings, possibilities, foreclosures, and enclosures enabled by the bindings and unbindings at work in the historical present. Lauren Berlant has suggested that thinking the political differently requires a "lateral exploration of an elsewhere that is first perceptible as an atmosphere." Under what conditions do alternative routes for living take form and unfold? How are they registered by aesthetic renditions of affective experience? How do they inform the politics of precarity and vulnerability? And in what ways are they able to disrupt the fantasies that structure the late modern world and the normativities they engender?

Programme:

Welcome

Opening Remarks from Each Speaker

Moderated Discussion

Audience Q&A

Organized by Brigitte Bargetz, Bobby Benedicto, Kit Heintzman, Sandrine Sanos, and Volker Woltersdorff

© ICI Berlin | 2012

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