Affection in Re-Existence constitutes an invitation to encounter the affective pathways that envelop migrant memory in Spain. This participatory and open workshop seeks to contextualise conversations and collective learning from an ethical, critical and situated perspective of black, cross-border and decolonial feminism. Its aim is to politicise the different paradoxes shrouding migrant and/or racialised affectivity, acknowledging re-existence as a daily strategy enabling space and time to be creatively inhabited and developed from the experience of transit, body movements and collective memory that knits together the here and there, according to the idiosyncrasies of living in Madrid.
The workshop’s methodological approach is from participatory research/action, employing elements of popular education and combining them with different tools: some start out from the theories and proposals aligned with the decolonisation of the self and the affective shift of social sciences; others stem from art and enable movement in the vague territory of the inside-outside. These politics of space, affective-physical geography and common colonial memory untangle re-existence, encompassing the multiple intersections between the public and the private. Thus, the aim is to question the Eurocentric values that demarcate emotional aspects as an opposite space of reason and, from this register, reveal the ‘Latin drama’, the tenderness, rage, that which is deemed sentimental, pain, cannibalism and stigmatised subjects in urgency, sweetness, and bitterness shrouding everyday dispossession: food, dance, music (bachata, salsa, huayno, cumbia, etc.) as moments of displacement, from what Enrique Dussel calls the European conquiro (‘I conquer’) ego.
Designed and conducted by:
Elisa Fuenzalida is a feminist migrant and student in the MA in Advanced Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Complutense University of Madrid. She coordinates the Museo Reina Sofía Study Centre’s Aníbal Quijano Chair with anthropologist Rita Segato.
Jeannette Tineo Durán has worked in the psychosocial field, and research and teaching in the Dominican Republic, the Caribbean and Latin America, and has professional experience in popular education, and anti-racist and decolonial feminism. She is currently conducting PhD research into Dominican diaspora in Madrid,
With the collaboration of:
Héctor Acuña/Frau Diamanda is a translator, writer, self-taught audiovisual artist, drag performer, independent curator, cultural infector and DJ who has recently finished the 2017–18 Programme of Independent Studies (PEI) at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona (MACBA).
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