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Feel Tank: Feminist Burnout

MULTITUDE: Festival of Feminist and Intersectional Solidarity

Hannover, Germany

November 2021 (Date TBC)


‘Feel Tanks’ (a spin of ‘think tank’) derive their name from one cell of a larger group known as the Public Feelings Project which operated from the conviction that ‘understanding affective investment can be the a starting point for theoretical insight into the workings of capitalism, racism and sexism within power structures.’ (Cvetkovich, 2012)

Through over a fifteen workshops, seminars and lectures in the UK and internationally, Chloe Turner has been using ‘Feel Tanks’ as both intellectual enquiry and call-to-arms, to consider how to sustain living under capitalism in the current moment. 

In the continuing struggles against global anti-Black, queer/transphobic conservative governance, pandemic "new normal“ living and the stripping of arts and humanities funding, nurturing spaces of care and connection have never felt more pressing. How do we bring into being the feminist space we want to be a part of? A space where we gift our labour to each other as opposed to institutions, co-create the
spaces to weather the coming disasters and mobilise a resistance that centres pleasure and joy.


Feel Tank: Feminist Burnout

“We learn about worlds when they do not accommodate us. Not being accommodated can be pedagogy. We generate ideas through the struggles we have to be in the world; we come to question worlds when we are in question.”
Sara Ahmed, “An Affinity of Hammers.” TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 3, nos. 1–2 (2016): 22

This session relates to the specific affects associated with navigating academia, activist and community spaces as bodies that are exploited to the point of burnout.

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