Talk by Chloe Turner followed by a Q&A chaired by Dr Akanksha Mehta
'Feel Tanks' derive their name from a group known as the Public Feelings Project that operated from the conviction that ‘understanding affective investment can be the a starting point for theoretical insight into the workings of capitalism, racism and sexism within power structures.’ (Cvetkovich, 2012) Using this framework as a jumping off point I have facilitated a range of ‘Feel Tank’ workshops which initially reframed these discussions from the the vantage point of students navigating an increasingly individualised and meritocratic academy and are now moving into arts education and online community building positions.
Drawing on my experience facilitating ‘Feel Tank’ workshops, this talk will broaden the theoretical and practical scope of the approach by re-situating it within current urgent discussions of queer/trans* mutual aid, disability justice and sustainability. In the continuing struggles against global anti-Black, queer/transphobic conservative governance, pandemic ‘new normal’ living and the stripping of arts and humanities funding, nurturing spaces of care and connection have never felt more pressing.
I focus on how by engaging in these workshops within academia, expending institutional resources, refusing to invest this time in ‘accredited’ research, we are already gesturing to a radical elsewhere. One where we gift our labour to each other as opposed to institutions, co-create the spaces to weather the coming disasters and mobilise a resistance that centres pleasure and joy.
Chloe Turner is a writer, curator and current PhD candidate in the the Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Department, at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work navigates critical creative explorations at the intersection of feminism, queer/ transgender theory, critical race theory, design justice and visual culture. Since 2018, Chloe has designed and held over a dozen Feel Tank workshops, seminars and lectures, both in the UK and internationally, with many more planned for 2021 and after.
More information about their work can be found here: https://www.chloeturner.info
Twitter handle: @chloeturner_uk
This event with be chaired by Dr Akanksha Mehta, lecturer in Gender, Race, and Cultural Studies and the co-director of the Centre for Feminist Research at Goldsmiths, University of London. She can be reached on Twitter at @ajeebaurat
This conversation will be hosted online with Zoom.
Meeting ID: 527 104 8709
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There is a maximum capacity of the Zoom event to 500 people.
A video recording and transcription of the event may be available afterwards on the Centre for Feminist Research website.
(Image is speaker's own created in homage to Tammy Rae Carland's Lesbian Beds (2002) series.)
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|5 Nov 2020||5:30pm - 7:00pm|
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