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Reading Group: Gut-Geographies: Queering Public Space and the Narratable Self after Feminism by Sophie Goltz and Dr Tania Roy

22 Aug 2019, Thu - 24 Oct 2019, Thu 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
The Exhibition Hall, Block 43 Malan Road

The topic of gut-geographies is suggested to outline the relation of space, collective action, and phenomenological appearance, to the proposition of organic empathy—or the capacity of biological substrata in the body to problem-solve, “control, calculate, protect, and destroy” (Wilson 2004: 82). Following through key positions in post-gender theories of embodiment, the readings widely engage the interventions of “gut-feminism” with the wider problematics of public space and communal action, especially in urban contexts that are not directly addressed by the readings. By suggesting the capacity of bodies to affect and be affected in mutually implicated ways within the material or historical constraints of public space, the reading group invites participants to further relate the status of narrative truth-claims to those of the (neuro-)biological sciences. 


22 August 2019

Love and the Politics of Seclusionary Action by Adriana Cavarero, with additional readings by Luce Irigaray and Hannah Arendt

Please click here to read an essay by participant Abhinav Bhargava in response to the above session.


26 September 2019

Gut-Knowledges by Elizabeth Wilson


24 October 2019 (Waitlist)*

Precarity, Plasticity and Entanglement in texts by Catherine Malabou and Judith Butler



Sophie Goltz (Germany/Singapore) is Deputy Director, Research & Academic Programmes at NTU CCA Singapore, and Assistant Professor at the NTU School of Art, Design and Media. Goltz was the Artistic Director of Stadtkuratorin Hamburg (City curator) from 2013 to 2016, and has worked as Senior Curator and Head of Communication and Public Programmes at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein between 2008 and 2013, becoming Associate Curator in 2014. Goltz worked as a freelance curator, as well as an art educator for various international exhibitions, including Documenta11 and documenta 12 (2002 and 2007), 3rd berlin biennale for contemporary art (2004), and Project Migration (2004-06).

Dr Tania Roy (Singapore) obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Political Theory and Literature from Duke University in 2003 and is currently Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore, where she is Chair of the Graduate Studies in English Literature. She has taught widely in the Department of English Language and Literature, and is currently teaching in the areas of Literature and Psychoanalysis, Postcolonial Theory and Literature, as well as Trauma Studies and Literature (MA). Her research interests are in the areas of Global Anglophonic literature, Postcolonial Studies, and Critical Theory (especially the Frankfurt School).


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*This reading group is capped at 20 people to facilitate a close reading and discussion of the selected text and topic. You may register to be placed on the waitlist and we will notify you when available slots open up. The Exhibition Hall will still be open to the public at this time.