Routes and P(l)aces England: Walking-with the FLINTAQ* Spectrum.

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This paper presents the arts-based methods involved in my PhD research exploring the trope and social practice of FLINTAQ folx walking in the English countryside. Walking is investigated as a mobile location of intimacy that challenges the public conflation of the romantic, sexual, gendered, and domestic 'destination oriented' standards that underscore compulsory heterosexuality (Rich 1980, Berlant and Warner 1998). This presentation will introduce the intervention documenting project – a countermap geolocating narratives of FLINTAQ relations in England via immersive video, photos, audio, and fieldnote records. The countermap is an affective an/archive of the tensions, liberations, and challenges that emerge when private and public forms of intimacy meet (Cvetkovich 2003, Freeman 2010). The an/archive is created with both imagined and real examples, from fictional walks imagined by Radcliff Hall in The Well of Loneliness to walks with FLINTAQ folx today between (non)sites of memory - dragging across time queer bonds with land, home, and each/Other. The mobile forms of intimacy introduced are contextualised with English relations to land and landscape, such as rights-of-way, gendered land inheritance, and the conflation of terms such as 'natural' and 'wild' with specific types of able, cis-gendered, heteronormative, racially homogenous bodies (Kefer 2013). This presentation reflects on the methods involved in the walking/recording experiments that explore how walking functions as both method and metaphor for an emergent and transformative doing of genders, sexuality, and intimacies.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2022
EventSocial Change in a Feminist Perspective: European Feminist Research Conference - University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy
Duration: 15 Jun 202218 Jun 2022
Conference number: 11


ConferenceSocial Change in a Feminist Perspective
Abbreviated titleEFRC 2022
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  • Gender Studies
  • Queer Theory
  • Practice as Research
  • Research-Creation

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