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Posthuman Ecological Intimacy, Waste, and the Trans Body in Nånting måste gå sönder (2014)
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Centrum för genusforskning (from 2013). Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2804-8554
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Abstract [en]

In the Swedish film Nånting måste gå sönder (2014) objects of nature, landscape, city, environmental pollution, and waste are enacted in close connection to the gender non-conforming body. In this film, the human gender non-conforming body appears to be de-centered and placed in intra-action with a range of different nonhuman materialities, organic and inorganic, such as animals, trees, water, and waste. In my chapter I approach these audio-visual enactments as intimacies that affectively transpose to the entrant/viewer. I follow the notion of posthuman ecological intimacy by asking what kind of intimacies are fostered when waste and human trans bodies become audio-visually entangled and embedded in a highly aetheticized and affective form. I explore how the film’s enacted materialities and new forms of human—inorganic intimacy challenge an anthropocentric understanding of relationality and invite the entrant to engage in posthuman ecological intimacies with the more-than-human world. Intimacy is a vividly discussed concept in the humanities that is also being taken up in environmental studies and feminist posthumanities. This chapter presents a political as much as an affective tool to explore the dualisms that are displaced and challenged in this film and the ethical implications of intimacies that exceed a human—human relationality.

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Intimacy; Environmental Humanities; Ethics; Nature, Pollution; Transgender
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Gender Studies; Film Studies; Cultural studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-67110OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-67110DiVA, id: diva2:1199660
Available from: 2018-04-21 Created: 2018-04-21 Last updated: 2018-04-21

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