How Race is Felt: The Sensory Politics of Race

Track:
RACIALIZATION
What:
Talk
When:
10:30, Sunday 9 May 2021 (30 minutes)
Breaks:
Break    11:00 AM to 11:30 AM (30 minutes)
Discussion:
0

Sachi Sekimoto, Minnesota State University, Mankato, USA

In our recently-published book, we applied theoretical insights of sensory studies to understand the complexity of racial formation and racial embodiment (Sekimoto & Brown, 2020). We argued that somatic labor plays a significant role in the construction of racialized relations of sensing. In this paper, we will extend our sensory theorizing of race by focusing on sensory experiences and felt-bodily sensations that may not be usually associated with race or racism. Using the notions such as atmosphere, viscosity, and tactility, we examine how race comes to stick (or unstick) to our bodies. Our goal is to articulate the sensory dimensions of race and racism by examining how race comes to be felt and registered through the senses, and how racism is sedimented in our lived embodiment and its surrounding environment.

Presenter
Minnesota State University, Mankato