Reimagining Feminist Futures: Vital Politics, Disruptive Pedagogies

  • Simone FullagarEmail author
  • Wendy O’Brien
  • Adele Pavlidis


Drawing upon feminist materialisms, this chapter pursues generative ways of learning-knowing-becoming through affective dissonance and disruption. We consider how to move personal and public knowledge of emotional distress (and collective capacities for responsiveness) beyond the clinical imagination that fixates on pathologies ‘within’ women. This involves a double move as we creatively engage by writing-learning with and through women’s accounts of embodied ways of learning-doing recovery in our study. We bring women’s stories and feminist memos into dialogue with policies that circulate economic discourses which erase the gendered cost of depression, as well as enactments of feminist public pedagogy through stand-up comedy, internet memes, drama and science fiction. We put feminist humour to use to unsettle and disrupt the gender normativity entangled with biomedical truths about depression-recovery.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Fullagar
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Wendy O’Brien
    • 3
  • Adele Pavlidis
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Tourism, Hotel and Sport ManagementGriffith UniversitySouthportAustralia
  2. 2.Department of HealthUniversity of BathBathUK
  3. 3.Department of Tourism, Hotel and Sport ManagementGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia
  4. 4.Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural ResearchGriffith UniversitySouthportAustralia

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