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Friday, March 27 • 10:00am - 11:15am
Occult Geographies

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In our creative-critical presentation, we ask how the occult, as geography, is a making of energy that creates, represents, contains and contests the narratives lived as and through our bodies. Our presentation will explore occult geographies as both concept and artistic practice in its material, theoretical and textual manifestations and valences.  

We will interweave our pieces as a performative reading that seeks to amplify the presentation’s arguments and inquiries. In the place of a single-authored and delivered paper, we offer a collaborative, contrapuntal engagement that embodies the constitutive practices we discuss in our presentation. We ask how the occult, what often remains hidden or beyond our allowed knowledges and understandings, is a navigating force that invites us to embody alternative epistemological and narrative perspectives.

We ask how tracing occult geographies may catapult us into a different destiny and reform our bodies and ways of being. We explore how such attentions make visible embedded forms of state violence, including the built-environment and its manufactured realities. In accord, we analyze narrative treatments of the body as a polluted site and divining rod in contested social spaces. 

We examine the 19th century Victorian practice of using female clairvoyants to perform psychic explorations. Thus, how do female writers negotiate an audience that expects, condemns, and craves her otherworldliness? Further, we turn to current work on non-human materialisms and its challenge to humanist-centered discourses to map how what we inhale, swallow, rub against and commune with are often less-visible or avowed agents in our lives. 

Speakers
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Harold Abramowitz

Harold Abramowitz is a writer and editor from Los Angeles. His books include Blind Spot (forthcoming from Les Figues Press), Man’s Wars And Wickedness: A Book of Proposed Remedies & Extreme Formulations for Curing Hostility, Rivalry, & Ill-Will(with Amanda Ackerman, forthcoming from Bon Aire Projects), Not Blessed, and Dear Dearly Departed. Harold co-edits the short-form literary press eohippus labs, and writes and edits as part of... Read More →
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Amanda Ackerman

Amanda Ackerman is the author of the chapbooks The Seasons Cemented (Hex Presse), I Fell in Love with a Monster Truck (Insert Press Parrot #8), and Short Stones (Dancing Girl Press).   She has co-authored Sin is to Celebration (House Press), the Gauss PDF UNFO Burns a Million Dollars, and the forthcoming novel Man’s Wars And Wickedness (Bon... Read More →
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Teresa Carmody

Teresa Carmody’s books include Maison Femme (a collaboration with Vanessa Place), Requiem, and three chapbooks: I Can Feel, Eye Hole Adore and Your Spiritual Suit of Armor by Katherine Anne. She is the co-founding director of Les Figues Press and is currently pursuing a PhD in English/Creative Writing at the University of Denver.
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Andrea Quaid

Andrea Quaid is co-editor of Acts + Encounters, a collection of works about experimental writing and community. Recent critical and creative publications include the American Book Review, BOMBlog, Jacket2, Lana Turner, LIT and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She teaches in Bard College’s MAT Program (Los Angeles) and Language & Thinking Program (New York).


Friday March 27, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Faculty Center

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