Dean's Keynote Series: June 2020. Feminist affect: Thinking through the child body, with Professor Anna Moody
In this paper I will provide a survey of feminist thought that established the scholarly landscape and appetite for the turn to affect. Paying tribute to the years of feminist thinking that have shaped both affect theory and feminist new materialisms, I will undertake a philosophical experiment which considers feminist affect as a resource for mapping economies of embodied change in children who are living with intergenerational trauma. Feminist new materialisms account for the agency of the body and the ways it is entangled with, in and through its environment. Similarly, affect scholars have put words to assemblages of place and feelings that are difficult to describe, in order to better think about bodily changes. Deborah Youdell (2016) has begun to think about possibilities for working with epigenetics in education and I will explore these in relation to art, affect and new materialism. Drawing on the early work of the North American scholar Jane Gallop, I think through the child's body as a site of agency and embodied histories. Using Gallop’s (1990) theoretical approach which ‘thinks through the body’ I map the economies of embodied change in children from the Interfaith Childhoods project, specifically in relation to their religious, cultural and refugee histories and possibilities for resolving embodied trauma. This experiment may serve as a model for new materialist and affect theorists to expand when thinking through feminist affect as a resource for understanding bodily experience through arts based research.
Anna Hickey-Moody is Professor of Media and Communication at RMIT University, an Australian Research Council Future Fellow 2017-2021 and an RMIT University Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow 2017-2021. Anna is based in the Digital Ethnography Research Centre where she leads the Creative Research Interventions in Methods and Practice (CRIMP) feminist research collective. She currently supervises 5 PhD students and holds honorary appointments at Goldsmiths, London and Manchester Metropolitan University. She has 1810 citations, her h-index is 21 and her i10-index is 36. Between 2013 and 2016 Anna was the Director of the Centre for Arts and Learning at Goldsmiths College, London and inaugural Head of the Goldsmiths PhD in Arts and Learning. Anna has held teaching, research and leadership positions at The University of Sydney, Monash and UniSA. Anna is known for her theoretical and empirical work with socially marginalised people, especially young people with disabilities, young refugees and migrants, those who are economically and socially disadvantaged, and men at the margins of society. She is internationally acclaimed for her methodological expertise with arts practice, ethnography and methodological invention. Her books include "Deleuze and Masculinity" (Palgrave 2019), ”Imagining University Education: Making Educational Futures’ (Routledge, 2016), Youth, Arts and Education’ (Routledge, 2013), ‘Unimaginable Bodies’ (Brill/Sense Publishers, 2009) and ‘Masculinity Beyond the Metropolis’ (Palgrave, 2006). Showing leadership in the fields across which she works, Anna has also edited 8 collections of essays. Recently, she published co-edited collections on 'Deleuze and Childhood' (EUP 2019), 'Youth, Technology, Governance and Experience' (Routledge 2018), and has co-edited a themed edition of the journal ‘Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies’ 2016 38(1). She teaches and supervises in the areas of arts practice as method, youth, disability, masculinity, and the cultural politics of schooling and aesthetics.
Time for Q and A will follow Anna's keynote presentation - we look forward to seeing you on the day.
Date: 25 June
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