Research Seminar: Mara Lee, "Counter intimacies and the site of imagination, or: What's a booty call got to do with it?"

Datum och tid
6 oktober 2023 kl 13:00 - 15:00
Typ av händelse
Plats och färdväg

Konstfack, LM Ericssons väg 14, Stockholm (Se karta)
Färdväg: Tunnelbana eller buss till Telefonplan

Image courtesy Praun & Guermouche.

In her book "Loving Others, Othering Love", Mara Lee explored the idea that love neither can nor will save us in a contemporary world where the circulation of emotions closely resembles the circulation of commodities, and where violence can manifest itself both through distancing and excessive intimacy.

In this seminar, questions of the entanglement of affects and power will be addressed in relation to the creative mind and imagination. How does the politicization and even weaponization of affect inform the conditions of the artist and the writer? How does the increasing disciplining of our emotions impact us?

And most importantly: What's a booty call got to do with it all?

Mara Lee is a Swedish poet, novelist, translator and art professor at the department of fine arts at Konstfack. She is also guest professor at the Royal institute of art in Stockholm.

She is the author of several novels and volumes of poetry, including the internationally recognized Ladies from 2007 and award-winning Love and Hate from 2018. Her most recent publication, Loving Others, Othering Love (2022) is a multi-modal lyric essay that blends the forms of essay, poetry, myth, and fiction in an examination of the construction of the stranger and the Other, through emotions. Lee has also introduced and translated the Canadian poet Anne Carson into Swedish. Her research is situated in the intersection of creative writing, literary history (20th century modernism) and feminist and queer of color theory. Other research interests include psychoanalysis, desire and theories of temporality.

Due to the limited places available, pre-registration is required. To register for the seminar, please email no later than Tuesday 3 October (include your name, position, and university/department). Seminar materials will be shared with all those confirmed a place, and attendees are asked to read and prepare for the seminar in advance.

Following the seminar fika will be served. Attendees are invited to stay afterwards and continue the discussions informally.

Research Seminars are a new seminar format which, throughout the 2023-4 academic year, will centre upon the discussion and dissemination of artistic research at Konstfack, and the sharing of new insights. Each seminar will be organised by a different department at Konstfack, and will take place on the first Friday of every month, 13:00–15:00.


Forsknings- och forskarutbildningsutskottet (FFU)