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Publication - Ms Sage Brice

    Transindividuation and trans individuation

    towards an (im)personal politics for relational landscape geographies


    Brice, S, 2018, ‘Transindividuation and trans individuation: towards an (im)personal politics for relational landscape geographies’.


    What happens when you approach fieldwork as a practice, not of collecting data, but of reworking a particular problem through the contingent encounters that fieldwork affords? This paper explores an incidence in which the problem I start out with - a proposal for vulnerability as a methodological imperative, drawing on Hasana Sharp’s treatment (2011) of Simondon’s theory of individuation - takes on new intensities through the contingencies of a six-month international fieldwork placement. The placement coincided with a period of destabilisation and actualisation in my personal life, as I began a process of social gender transition. Here the feminist injunction to address the politics of individual subjectivisation at work in knowledge-making processes implicates my transition as fundamental to the work I am doing in process-oriented, relational landscape geography. How, though, to account for the effects of such a personal journey - traditionally framed through discourses of gender and identity politics - without being pulled into orbit around the static body of a notional, sovereign subject? I am directed back to my original problem: the possibilities of Simondon’s theory of individuation for thinking that relationship of mutual susceptibility, through which bodies and ideas constitute a political landscape. The challenge of thinking my own experience of gender transition in terms concordant with my broader philosophical project is pertinent precisely because it echoes a similar challenge inherent in my doctoral research, which attempts to think the politics of gender, identity, nationhood and belonging at a landscape level without recourse to representational logics.

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