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Writing the Now: Kathleen Stewart, Worldings

Wednesday 13 December 2023, 3-4.30pm

For this second event in the Writing the Now Sadler Seminar Series, we welcome speaker Kathleen Stewart.

In the activist occurrent arts of everyday life (Massumi 2002), we’re all differently feeling our way through the transitional immediacy of a charged present–unstable, damaging, made durable in the suggestion of a coherence.

A field opens in the swell of a milieu. Thought is an improv in the perturbed expanse (Cohen 2011) of “the ongoing thought experiment the world performs with itself” (Barad 2015, 396).


Kathleen Stewart writes ethnographic experiments to approach the composition of emergent worldings and their modes of knowing and sensing in refrains, rhythms, voices, tactilities, misfires, labors, and atmospheres.

Her books include A Space on the Side of the Road: Cultural Poetics in an `Other' America (Princeton, 1996), Ordinary Affects (Duke, 2007), The Hundreds co-authored with Lauren Berlant (Duke, 2019) and Worlding (in preparation). She taught at the University of Texas, Austin.

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This free online event takes place on Zoom.

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About Writing the Now

Writing the Now is focussed on a key motivating question: ‘what writing do we need now?’. In particular, we are deeply interested in non-traditional academic form and engaging with leading writers, practitioners and publishers in the field of experimental academic writing.

The project consists of a public event series (open to all) and a monthly writing group (for University of Leeds staff and Postgraduate Researchers only).


Kathleen Stewart, History in grass, 2023.