Acting Sideways

7 May 2016, 14:30–16:30 / Utrecht

In Cruel Optimism (2011), Lauren Berlant coined the term “lateral agency:” a way of acting that interrupts the reproduction of everyday life in times of crisis and which “can produce an experience of self-abeyance, of floating sideways” adding up to “usually a sense of well-being that spreads out for a moment, not a projection towards a future.” Introduced by nY magazine editors and organizers Hans Demeyer and Frank Keizer, presentations consider how lateral agency can refine or enrich our conceptions of politics, with talks by literary theorist and University of Leiden professor Frans-Willem Korsten, poet Peter van Lier, and artist collective buren (Oshin Albrecht and Melissa Mabesoone).



Organized by Hans Demeyer and Frank Keizer

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