Tentacular Thinking

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The word tentacular means ‘feeler’. Etymologically from Latin ‘to feel, try’. A tentacle is a feeling-out-thing, a trying-out limb, in agency: extending, protruding, relating to, connecting with and exploring its environment.

Taking up Donna Haraway’s notion of tentacular thinking, over the course of a year and with colleagues, I will explore what it might mean to think with and through the metaphor of tentacularity. We will meet eight times, reading a book of eight chapters. Through our reading and discussion, we will seek to develop an understanding of tentacular thinking – a key term in Haraway’s book Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chtulucene. For every chapter, I will write a blogpost response and reflection.

Blogpost: Scientia and the Schizoid Split a response to Haraway’s Chapter 1. Playing String Figures with Companion Species.

Reading Group Members:

Anne Julie Arnfred, Danielle Wilde, Tess Williams, Julie Bønnelycke, Marianne Achiam, Marianne Holmer, Nancy Longnecker, Nina Bonderup Dohn, Sara Egemose, Sara Strandvad, Susana Tosca

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