Academic quote of the week, from Alexander Vasudevan, a lecturer in “cultural and historical geography” in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham. He blogs:
[. . . ] we are left in a general state of obstructed agency (see Sianne Ngai’s fantastic Ugly Feelings) and have become increasingly tethered to a form of sociality shaped by a congerie of negative affects (fear, paranoia, anxiety, envy). As Lauren Berlant has persuasively written, it is the supine affective charge of aspirational normativity with its increasingly “recessive” and “underperformative” modes of being that have come to characterize our current age of austerity.
I hope to have more to say about the assembling and composition of alternative subjectivites in a future post.
Can’t wait for that one.
Monitor: David Thompson