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Towards an Ecology of the Affective: Between Pain, Pleasure and Radical Body Modifications
Utrecht University, Netherlands.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8520-6785
2011 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Traditionally psychoanalysis has perceived sexuality as always related to genitality and desire as the one connected with lack.The issue of desire has often been associated with the Freudian pain-and-pleasure principle that may be traced back to Aristotle’s claim that one always seeks pleasure and avoids pain.

E.Grosz’s extensive analysis of (animal)sex with its relation to desire and sensibility (influenced by G.Callois and A.Lingis),and G.Deleuze’s concepts of affectivity and desire challenge the idea of the organisation of erogenous zones (around the genital centre),the unity of the organic body and its stabilised image.

 In this way,the “carnal experience is uncertain, non-teleological,undirected” and a body that experiences such undirectedness may be acknowledged as the Deleuzian BwO.This leads to the radical redefinition and reconfiguration of traditional understandings of pleasure and pain.Following this path,I will investigate contemporary practices of one of the forms of radical body modification, namely flesh hook suspension. The questions of pain, pleasure and erotic (sexual)desire often follow from the discussion on BM.Groszian and Deleuzian concepts of desire, affect and becoming will enable me to offer an innovative,philosophical,affirmative,yet critical reading of contemporary rituals of suspension,and thus to open up a new site for the production of knowledge and creation of the new.

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Copenhagen Business School, 2011.
Keyword [en]
gender, sexuality, body modification, flesh hook suspension, affect, desire
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Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114689OAI: diva2:792006
The 4th International Deleuze Studies Conference "Creation, Crisis, Critique", Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, 27-29 June 2011.
Available from: 2015-03-02 Created: 2015-03-02 Last updated: 2015-03-19Bibliographically approved

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