By Tehseen Noorani
The Voice of the Other retreat, held as part of a project on more-than-human political participation, was held in September at The Lynhurst, a large house situated on the cliffside in the coastal town of Lynton, England. Twelve academics and artists got together to ask questions such as: What does it mean to create the stages for the voices of non-human or non-living participants to be heard? How can ‘we’ (a term that became reciprocally-problematized) listen differently? And what role do the arts – drama, music, poetry, digital art – play in authorizing the voices of non-human and non-living actors? Over the week we wove these, and related questions, into the sharing of our research interests and practices.
There were lovely moments of connection, within our discussion sessions but also over meals, walks, playing music and unwinding at the end of the days. We explicitly tried to bring non-humans into the fold – for example, using the house and the locality themselves as connectors, engaging with the spaces through events that had occurred in the past. A recurring theme was taking seriously the form, in addition to the content, of claims and practices of participation. How they made, through which material and technical apparatuses and using what modes of expression.
Doctoral Studentships at the University of Brighton
The University of Brighton currently has a number of funded studentships available, both through the AHRC's TECHNE scheme and the university's own studentship scheme.
Potential PhD applications are invited to submit applications on the theme of:
Affective cartographies of authority
How is authority produced through the generation of affective states? What emergent forms and figures of authority are coming into play in political, cultural and economic life? How can we best understand the lure, or promise, of such forms and figures? We welcome expressions of interest from students who wish to engage with cultural, geographical and political theory and develop methodological approaches for thinking about the politics, aesthetics and ethics of affect, for making sense of the affective landscapes of power through which authority takes place.
A spatial politics involving claims to place, identity, landscape or nation can be played out through affective attachments, fears or alienations. The love of nation, for example, may involve spatialised performances of attachment that serve to anchor the subject within the idea of nationhood. This studentship seeks applications from those who are interested in producing doctoral work on the politics of such affective attachments, detachments and aversions, paying attention to the forms of authority that they generate.
Topics could include: ...