Exposure to the Elements: problems in territorial belonging

Authors: Phillip Campanile*, University of California - Berkeley
Topics: Human-Environment Geography, Anthropocene, Qualitative Methods
Keywords: non-representational, belonging, senses, Anthropocene
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 3:55 PM / 5:35 PM
Room: Marshall South, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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According to Bruno Latour’s scientific, political, and aesthetic theory of Gaia, “Belonging to a territory is the phenomenon most in need of rethinking and careful redescription; learning new ways to inhabit the Earth is our biggest challenge." Anna Tsing says as much when she speaks of “the possibility of life in capitalist ruins” or of “the art of living on a damaged planet." The Anthropocene scrambles whatever archaic comportment we might consider “natural, biological". This paper attempts to address the question of “belonging to a territory” by asking what role bodily sense plays in “learning new ways to inhabit the Earth.” I aim to offer a set of reflections developed from a series of solo and collaborative experiments based loosely on the theme, “exposure to the elements.” This aims to be an experiment with body, sense, psyche, and mud. It will consist mostly of “experiences” that my collaborators and I will frame using both representational and “more-than-representational” (Lorimer 2017) collage, which includes photography and experimental-writing. I look initially to the queer poet CAConrad’s “Somatic Poetry Rituals,” “Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s “Teaching Creative Critical Writing” (1998), Min Tanaka’s Body Weathering, the Frontiers of Solitude project, and others as inspirations for encountering body in place. While the goal is more sense- than mind-expansion, I look to several academic and non-academic traditions, including phenomenology, queer studies, meditation, and auto-theory to make this work legible. In one way or another, all of these disciplines force me to ask: how

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