Tutkimusprojektimme järjestää paneelin “Affect and Temporalities in Intimate Relationships” konferensissa Crossroads in Cultural Studies 2016, joka järjestetään 14.-17.12. Sydneyssä (Australia). Paneelissa kuullaan alustukset mm. kolmelta tutkimusprojektin jäseneltä – tervetuloa kuuntelemaan ja keskustelemaan! Katso paneelin koko ohjelma ja lue lisää konferenssista: http://crossroads2016.org/

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10C Affect and Temporalities in Intimate Relationships

The temporal dynamics in and around intimate relationships form a focal point between gendered and sexualized societal power relations, social interactions and personal experiences. All intimate relationships have their own affective textures. Those textures can give the relationships a persisting and meaningful nature that makes them matter, or result in unsatisfying and even toxic relationships. However, affective textures also can and do change over time, which may convince partners to revise their understanding about their current or past relationships. The papers presented in this panel introduce those novel ways for approaching affective temporalities in intimate relationships, which have been developed in the Academy of Finland funded research project “Just the Two of Us? Affective Inequalities in Intimate Relationships”.

The panel includes eg the following presentations:

Raisa Jurva: Regret, Bitterness and Resourcefulness in Hindsight: Affective Attachments in Creating Futurities for Heterosexual Relationships

Having interviewed mid- to later-life women on their heterosexual relationships in general and on relationships with substantially younger men in particular, a major part of the interviews revolves around reflections on abusive and oppressive aspects of their past relationships. This narration is often affectively intense, for example as strong regret and self-blame for being stuck in destructive situations or assertive demonstrations of one’s own triumphant resourcefulness in resisting being a helpless female victim in the middle of abusive situations. Inspired by Sara Ahmed’s (2004) ideas on emotions and norms, I approach this narration as manifestations of affective attachments in the context of gendered conventions of heterosexual relationships. In this paper I ask, what kinds of futurities for heterosexual relationships are created through these affective attachments that are constructed in hindsight and how are these affective attachments negotiated in women’s narration of their current relationships.

 

Tuula Juvonen: Affective Traces of Desire

Emotional intimacy between the partners is often understood to rely on the embodied exchange of desire. Showing and sharing desire in a relationship is a form of affective communication, which “draws attention to what passes between bodies, which can be felt but perhaps not easily articulated” (Blackman 2012). This paper takes a look at an intimate relationship, in which the embodied affective communication fell apart. It is based on the reading of diaries written by a lesbian woman during the course of her five-year relationship. How is the gradual erosion of sexual intimacy reflected in the diary entries? What kind of articulations and affective traces did the process leave in the text? The analysis seeks to articulate and contextualize her affective entries, in order to make sense why continuing the relationship became intolerable for her, and made a breakup unavoidable.

 

Marjo Kolehmainen: Investing in Dyadic Futures? Affective Work within Therapeutic Cultures

My post-doctoral research re-examines the widespread therapeutic cultures as a form of affective work, focusing especially on relationship and sex counselling. I explore various counselling practices targeted at heterosexual, gay and lesbian couples, the singles and the divorced alike; such as events, seminars, online and peer support, advice columns, popular guide books and self-help materials. Such therapeutic services often rely on the (in)articulated promise of better futures, which are presented as reachable if only the individuals work on their emotions and affectively invest in their relationships. Within this presentation, I ask what kind of futures are actually imagined when relationships are conceptualized as in need of investments, work and measurement; and upon what kinds of understandings of relationships the conceptualizations of that kind rest. Furthermore, I address the (inter)relations between gender, sexuality and affective power relations.

 

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