Date of Degree

5-2019

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

M.A.

Program

Liberal Studies

Advisor

Paisley Currah

Subject Categories

Cognition and Perception | Ethics and Political Philosophy | Feminist Philosophy | Fine Arts | Gender and Sexuality | Human Ecology | Interactive Arts | Interdisciplinary Arts and Media | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Metaphysics | Personality and Social Contexts | Photography | Social Psychology and Interaction | Sociology of Culture | Sociology of Religion | Theory, Knowledge and Science | Women's Studies

Keywords

consciousness, aesthetics, witches, queerness, plants, non-linearity

Abstract

Taking as a point of entry the critique of representation and affirming the limitations of the cuts that language makes, this capstone project explores the imbrications and assemblages between Foucault’s concept of subjugated knowledges, witchcraft and other body-based ways of knowing and being, and the consciousness of non-human forms such as plants and through the framework of non-representational theory, process philosophies, aesthetics, queerness, and the concept of difference itself.

Since such theories themselves are living, breathing entities, this capstone project explores the ideological split that has occurred between sacred and secular beliefs, moving through different figures such as nuns and witches and examining how different iterations of energy—both in the form of vibrations and other forces—enact discourse and the materiality of mattering through bodies, power, aesthetics and the nexuses that bodies exist both within and as deeply material events, concluding with an ethics of non-linearity and relation.

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