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Blog Diss: LTP Brainstorming

First off, a warning that I’m absolutely wiped from a wonderful and engaging day at the Entangled Careers of Literary History and Liberalism symposium. (Did you know it's livestreamed? And that it's awesome? And that it continues tomorrow?) So this blog is going to very much reflect my somewhat fractured and exhausted mind.

Rather than force myself into developing any of these thoughts further at the moment, I’m going to raise a series of questions, links, and quotations which have been on my mind lately, any of which I may or may not come back to. Basically it’s a lightning round of brainstorming, and an attempt to capture the multiple threads I’m thinking through at the moment.

·      “I take the fan as the model for the archivist. The archivist of queer culture must proceed like the fan or collector whose attachment to objects is often fetishistic, idiosyncratic, or obsessional." –Anne Cvetkovich, An Archive of Feelings (253). Credit to the wonderful Meredith Snyder, who reminded me of this moment in the text, and who talks fandom with me all the time.

·      Indigenous methodologies of self-location—how might we practice this online? What might its implications be?

·      Richard Deinst in Bonds of Debt referring to debt (via Raymond Williams) as a structure of feeling. What are the affects of debt? How does debt function online in relation to labour?

·      This article on anxiety as the dominant affect of our time. Relationship of this to what I’m thinking re: love. Is anxiety what the structural attachment of love most commonly feels like? Are they more distinct than this?

·      José Muñoz’s “Feeling Brown, Feeling Down” in dialogue with Heather Love’s Feeling Backwards. What is at stake in the directional/sptatial and temporal distinctions between back and down? Is this a means of extending what Muñoz calls the ethics of brownness beyond Latina/o subjects? Down/back as the site of coalition, solidarity?

·      Distinctions, continuities online between love, which I’ve emphasized thus far, and like (which came up today a lot at the symposim, usually in non-complimentary ways which tended to position liking as either apolitical or necessarily complicit with capitalism). What types of online labour does ‘like’ mobilize?

·      The labour of generating and responding to trigger warnings

Extended discussion of any or all of these points may follow. Certainly if other folks have particular interest or investments in any of them, I’d love to chat!

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