InTensions is currently accepting submissions of texts and artworks which are animated, motivated, and thus regard as socially meaningful moments, events, spaces and/or bodies charged by the uncertainty of what will happen next. Performance studies, Deleuze’s becomings, Derrida’s notion of iteration, as well as Hardt’s and Negri’s writings on social movements represent some recent bodies of thought that have emphasized the importance of attending to the social in its contingent, emergent, and unpredictable moves. What is it to live suspended, hanging or floating between possibilities? Elizabeth Grosz stresses hope in the critical affirmations enabled by the “joyous open-endedness of the future” (Becomings, 1999: 21-22). But what does it feel like and what is socially produced in moments of not knowing what will happen next in particular contexts? How, by whom, and under what historical conditions does an uncertain present/future give form to pleasure, indifference, fear or other affects? What differences might exist in sensations and valorizations of being suspended within given cultural historical spaces? What are the relationships between knowledges of the future as mystery and alignments of power in particular contexts? How do engagements with an undefined territory of possibilities recast agency and ‘the political’?
Submissions for InTensions Issue 3, “Suspended” (Fall 2009), can be emailed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Style and submission guidelines can be accessed and downloaded at http://www.yorku.ca/intent/submissions.html. Submission deadline: June 30th, 2009.
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