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Moving with the folds of time and place: exploring gut reactions in speculative transdisciplinary research with teen girls’ in a post-industrial community

Ivinson, Gabrielle and Renold, Emma (2020) Moving with the folds of time and place: exploring gut reactions in speculative transdisciplinary research with teen girls’ in a post-industrial community. In: Transdisciplinary Feminist Research: Innovations in Theory, Method and Practice. London and New York: Routledge. Routledge. ISBN 9780367190040

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Abstract

The chapter focuses on a gut holding mannerism, observed in an improvised movement workshop with teen girls living in an ex-industrial town in South Wales (UK), as a vantage point from which to explore what more the gesture might be telling us. Drawing on Gilles Deleuze’s (1993) readings of Leibniz concept of ‘fold’ as a differential, we speculatively explore scalar orders of time, space and matter. Using a diffractive analysis (Barad, 2007; Haraway, 2008) with a transdisciplinary compass we offer three speculative journeys that fold outwards from the gut-holding mannerism: folds of time and place; gender unfolds and gut reactions. By taking the gut holding mannerism as a fulcrum we imagine folds that become larger and larger expanding into space, place and the universe, or become smaller and smaller by focussing on corporeal-movement, psycho-dynamic experiences and the ‘thinking gut’ (Wilson, 2015). We question what more the gut mannerism can illuminate, what more girls can be, and what more ex-mining communities might become.

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