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    Spitting open the sky – slippery hope in fleshy organ-isation

    Ravetz, Amanda ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5349-3668, Holmes, Rachel and Ray, Jo (2021) Spitting open the sky – slippery hope in fleshy organ-isation. CSA Lateral (ISSN 2469–4053). (In Press)

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    Abstract

    This piece is written from the middle of a nursery school carpet, the Covid-19 pandemic and an interdisciplinary methodology of participant sensation . As two researchers from the larger research collective, Odd , we are caught up with children’s improvisations in the opaque folds of the nursery assemblage. In the non-human and human complicity that bubbles up and slides around our own recalcitrant habits of possessive individualism, colonialism, white privilege, and the bleed of times pre- and mid-pandemic, we pull a thread from nursery’s fusional weave, a moment in 2018 between child and researcher in which the child’s consent to be more than one within nursery’s fleshy organ-isation, now rubs up against heightened anxieties of viral contagion. We take time to attune to the wonder of this moment, one small instance of the ephemeral nature and vital importance of intimacy in pre-pandemic, and it mid- and post-pandemic implications.

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