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Palimpsests of Sexuality and Intimate Violence: Turning Points as Transformative Scripts for Intervention
Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Basle.
National Swedish Police Academy, Linköping University.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government. (Gender and Politics)
2011 (English)In: NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, ISSN 0803-8740, E-ISSN 1502-394X, Vol. 19, no 1, 25-41 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we explore transdisciplinary understandings of scripts as transformative interventions. Script refers, on the one hand, to cognitive, routinized behavioural patterns; on the other hand, it is a multilayered process of enacting, interpreting, and rewriting interaction within a specific context. The metaphor of the palimpsest, embodying and provoking interdisciplinary encounters, links the various layers of practised and narrated scripts. The interrelation of the scripts of the palimpsest is marked by inextricability as they use the same space and create an illusionary intimacy. We develop our ideas about script as intervention, reflecting on scripts of violence and sexual experience. We make use of the psychoanalytic term “cryptic incorporation”. Cryptic incorporation entails the idea of an experience psychically “swallowed whole” by the subject and therefore not accessible to conscious reflection, once incorporated.

Our methodological readings are both empirical and fictional. The empirical example is based on an interview with one respondent, who has experienced intimate violence during the course of her life. The autobiographical text of Shedding, written in 1975 by the Swiss author Verena Stefan, is an example of fiction. Both texts engage in the inextricability of vulnerability and intimacy. Analysing these narratives, we pay special attention to “turning-points”. As turning-points represent decisive changes within evolving life-stories, they are read as palimpsestuous scripts of a transformative process. Thus, we focus on the human ability to change scripts, to rewrite biographical events. We look for a productive entanglement of our scientific writing, understanding the writing process itself as a palimpsestuous layer of script as intervention.

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Stockholm: Taylor & Francis Scandinavia , 2011. Vol. 19, no 1, 25-41 p.
Keyword [en]
sexuality, gender, palimpsets
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Political Science; Sociology; Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-162328DOI: 10.1080/08038740.2010.498767OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-162328DiVA: diva2:460311
GEXcel, Linköping University
Available from: 2011-11-29 Created: 2011-11-29 Last updated: 2014-03-11Bibliographically approved

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