Earth, Milky Way: punctum books, 2023. 148 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1-68571-106-1. DOI: 10.53288/0442.1.00. OPEN-ACCESS e-book and $22.00 in print: paperbound/5 X 8 in.

What a killjoy joy it has been to take this book in! It teaches that care, that painstaking labour, is how we craft connections that help us to survive the harshest of worlds. Poetic, collaborative, and generous, Widening Scripts shares with its readers what can happen when we read together, creating room for each other, turning feminist texts into lively conversations. It brings home why care full practices matter all the more when we have to transform institutions to survive them and, in pandemic times, when it is hard to share the same air. I was reminded of what a gift it has been to be part of a feminist community and that however hard it is to keep fighting against injustices, it is how we find our people.

~ Sara Ahmed, author of Living a Feminist Life, Complaint!, and The Feminist Killjoy Handbook

Widening Scripts: Cultivating Feminist Care in Academic Labor

Widening Scripts: Cultivating Feminist Care in Academic Labor is addressed to scholars, educators, and students devoted to the struggle against precarity, atomization, and the commodification of knowledge. Through shared reading, discussion, and reflection, and gathered around a shared interest in feminist theory and politics, the authors discovered a model of care within academia that helped them to sustain their opposition to dominant academic practices that are diminishing, competitive, and exploitative.

In this book, the authors narrate that discovery and the realization of a desire to share in the assembling of a collective feminist survival kit. In Living a Feminist Life, Sara Ahmed offers a wide-ranging killjoy survival kit that includes books, things, tools, time, life, permission notes, other killjoys, humor, feelings, and bodies. As a response to the stress, strain, and profound grief produced by the COVID-19 pandemic, with its viral acceleration of crises already endemic to neoliberal capitalism, the authors mined an evolving cluster of decolonial feminist texts in an attempt to find meaning, encounter moving premonitions, and engage with radical instigations to thought. By co-creating a survival kit through sustained collaboration during the pandemic, they develop a sense of the value of experimentation and risk-taking and learn how to cultivate an inclusive space that allows them to express their views, reclaim accountability, and learn confidently from each other.

Widening Scripts combines collaborative feminist theory, acts of care, and critical dialogue in an effort to open up decelerated, altruistic, and connected ways of doing academic work together.

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