Languaging and Emergent Scapes of the Intelligible: Thinking through an Experiment in Affective Mapping

  • Elena Basile
Keywords: languaging, diffraction, affect, translation, ecolinguistics


What would it mean to explore questions of translation and linguistic diversity from within an ecological approach that foregrounds the constitutive entanglement of languaging patterns with place-making behaviours, whereby language-use signals the affective import of belonging as much as its precarious hold within cosmopolitan urban contexts characterized by extensive phenomena of displacement, mobility and migration? Drawing on insights brought about by contemporary research in ecolinguistics, affect theory and science and technology studies, this paper explores the potential value of such an approach by means of discussing an art project designed as an experiment in affective mapping of a central artery of the city of Toronto, called Transitions in Progress. Making Space for Place (2015).


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