When my body spoke out of turn

Cee Frances Devlin


In the realm of traditional phenomenology, Husserl (via Ahmed) would point toward the table as (traditionally speaking) the background space “from” which philosophy is thought and written, a space of sacred (and usually undisturbed) contemplation (Ahmed 2006, 4). I would like instead to affirm Sara Ahmed’s (2006, 4) take in Queer Phenomenology on the table(s) at which we meet, a revival of this philosophically conceived furniture in its radical potential. Ahmed’s reading explains that our orientation towards such objects is directed and redirected by the level of ease with which we move through the world (2006, 4). Most of us, particularly those who occupy marginalised identities that carry trauma, are not afforded the uninhibited space to write our bodies into thought. In this instance, however, you are my captive (captured) audience, and so: I proceed by positioning the table as an evolving vessel between you, reader; and me, queer/trans/subject/author; a vessel that holds the power to make stories like the ones I have to tell audible.


Gender; Violence; Trauma; Ahmed, Sara; Marginalised Identities

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