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Reading Group #2: Politics are Depressing / Feelings are Political

October 15, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Politics are Depressing / Feelings are Political
A reading, feeling and discussion group
facilitated by Ariana Jacob

This discussion group will focus on the political potential embedded in our everyday emotional lives. The desire to explore this topic with a group was sparked by noticing a link between people’s increasingly high levels of anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges on the one hand, and on the other, the deep disappointment, resignation and pervasive fear that people across the political spectrum are feeling about our official political system. Could it be that treating emotional suffering as a private, individual problem diverts energy away from the the collective struggle that is needed for healthy political life?

It can be relieving to recognize that our heavy feelings are not only our own – while we are their carrier they come from and belong to this society. This group will be a place to reflect upon our emotions as products of our economic, political and social conditions, and as powerful forces that could be aimed towards changing the world we live in together.

This reading group is free and open to the general public. RSVPs help us plan better – please reserve a spot online for all the meetings you plan to attend  at http://feelingsarepolitical.eventbrite.com – thank you!

Weekly Readings:

October 8:
Anxiety and Depression Are Symptoms, Not Diseases, by Gregg Henriques (essay link)
Good For Nothing, by Mark Fisher (essay link)

October 15:
We Are All Very Anxious, by The Institute for Precarious Consciousness (essay link)
(plus link to audio file of article being read)

October 29:
Depression: A Public Feeling – Introduction, by Ann Cvetkovich (PDF link)

For questions email: curator@newspacephoto.org

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Date:
October 15, 2016
Time:
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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