Warmest thanks to all who joined for our most recent discussion. Following Sara Ahmed, we talked about the patterns and grooves that grow deeper with each repeated use, and the comfort or discomfort of navigating spaces depending on whether or not they are made with us in mind. We talked about rupture and disruption through Clélia O. Rodríguez’s writing, about the unsettling feeling when we expect to find one kind of meaning in what we read and discover those expectations upturned.
We also talked about the moments where we see people in our institutions using systems in unexpected ways. From participatory budgeting to relationship building to a refusal to comply with arbitrary guidelines, these moments of “queer use,” as Ahmed calls them, bring us hope. And yet, can those queer uses lead to structural change, or does it stop with individuals?
We talked about fatigue, overwhelm, apathy, uncertainty; but also, within that, the pleasure and nourishment of gathering. And so, with that, I have some questions about what’s to come.
Looking ahead, I’d like to check in on other possible meeting times so that folks who haven’t yet been able to participate might be able to join as well. If you are interested, whether or not you’ve attended in the past, would you please take a moment to fill out this availability poll for our February gathering?
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