‘Preparing for a flood in the desert’ – organised by Hard to Get in collaboration with Mayday rooms.
Stuart Hall writes in Familiar Stranger: ‘Foucault argues that, far from successfully repressing what is unspeakable, prohibition actually generates productive linguistic proliferation, which paradoxically signals the ultimate failure of repression. Prohibited from saying more, he suggests, we find other ways – more indirect, more displaced, but also simultaneously more insistent – of, well, saying it.’
It seems important to acknowledge the difficulty of communicating in a repressive context, and to recognise the multiple and complex forms that this communication may take. A previous ‘Hard to Get’ event focused on ‘women’s writing’ as a simple category, perhaps somehow transparent to itself and to its readers. This event seeks to disturb that category with a focus on other ways of, well, ‘saying it’.
This event will begin at 17:30 with readings, followed by a discussion prompted by the the works read and the ideas that arise from them. We’ll try to end by 19:30 at the latest, so that we can all head upstairs to continue talking over a meal in the Mayday rooms kitchen.
Joining us to read and discuss will be:
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