A Quest for Feminist Space and Time
2014 (English)In: Women - A Cultural Review, ISSN 0957-4042, E-ISSN 1470-1367, Vol. 25, no 1, 114-122 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article offers an investigation of practical and political aspects of new materialism on the basis of texts accepted for publication in Women: A Cultural Review. The authors emphasize various political strategies that appear in the collected essays; above all they stress the practical aspects of theory itself. Theory as praxis is a concept inspired by contemporary philosophers such as Georges Canguilhem, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault and Donna Haraway. It can also be the basis for a politics of location and it highlights the importance of being situated in specific sociocultural, historical, local and geographical contexts. The authors raised the question of the potential alliances between their specific, Polish context and the possibility of participating in and creating a broader feminist movement, which proves to be possible thanks to a variety of perspectives that are considered important and worth considering in new materialism. In the article, the Polish Kongres Kobiet (‘Women's Congress’) initiative is presented as a platform for feminist activity which combines various kinds of political, social and cultural interests, concerns and goals. Along with the importance of space for feminist politics, the authors consider time as a crucial constituent of feminist activism. Both rethinking the past—tradition, heritage, history—and directing reflection towards the future hopes, possibilities, politics and theories, constitute important characteristics of the new materialism approach. The authors conclude by introducing the notion of the ‘politics of squatting’, which serves as a metaphor for a feminist quest for space and time.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2014. Vol. 25, no 1, 114-122 p.
new materialism, time, politics of location, theory, practice
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-131307DOI: 10.1080/09574042.2014.903785OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-131307DiVA: diva2:970479