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Meditations on lesbians who meditate on Lesvos: On the role of spirituality in the negotiation of space, community building and the inhabitation of place
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE). (Critical Studies in Architecture)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6883-6387
2012 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

At the end of the beach in the tiny Greek village Skala Eressos, Lesvos, Sappho’s birthplace, stands the main blue-stuccoed building of Zorba the Buddha - the beachfront café where The Skala Women’s Rock Group gather every morning at 10 am for their daily swim and breakfast. From this place, springs a series of spaces where lesbian women bath together.

Through short fictional meditations on specific situations encountered within this context, this paper looks at how our most vulnerable, passionate and empowering moments affect and transform the spaces we inhabit. Key theoretical references are bell hooks’ writing on spirituality and community building, Sara Ahmed’s ideas on orientation and inhabitation in describing systems of social norms, and Monique Wittig’s The Lesbian Body as an important fictional source of inspiration.

This work explores affect in the inhabitation of separatist space and fictional modes of writing as a critical methodology, to examine contemporary sites of study in an ethically responsible way.

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2012.
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Humanities and the Arts
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Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-219386OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-219386DiVA, id: diva2:1162615
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1st Int. Conf. on Contemporary Esotericism- SU, Stockholm
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QC 20171212

Available from: 2017-12-05 Created: 2017-12-05 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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