Affectual intensities: writing with resonance as feminist methodology

Militz, Elisabeth; Faria, Caroline; Schurr, Carolin (2019). Affectual intensities: writing with resonance as feminist methodology. Area, 52(2), pp. 429-436. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/area.12584

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This paper advances current debates about feminist methodologies in geography by attending to affectual intensities and their resonance. Affectual intensities emerge through encounters between different bodies and objects, and are deeply power‐laden, enabling, disabling, transforming, and restricting geographic research. We attend to three moments of resonance that surfaced in Elisabeth Militz's field research on nationalism in Azerbaijan. In each, we show how attending to affectual intensities reveals much about the work of power in nationalism and in the constitution of geographic knowledge about it. The paper calls for an affectual methodology, a process of critical writing, reflection, and rewriting about moments of resonance between different bodies and objects in the field, and as we analyse, present, and write up our data. This is a layered, dialogic, and collaborative writing strategy that, we argue, enables us to write through and with affect. In particular, our work contributes a nuanced and multi‐layered approach to uncover often‐neglected power structures of predominantly white and heteronormative geographic research practice.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography > Unit Cultural Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Militz, Elisabeth and Schurr, Carolin

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

0004-0894

Publisher:

Wiley-Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

Elisabeth Militz

Date Deposited:

22 Oct 2019 16:13

Last Modified:

24 May 2020 02:35

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/area.12584

Uncontrolled Keywords:

affect, autoethnography, Azerbaijan, feminist geography, nationalism, postcolonial research position

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.134107

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/134107

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