This essay takes an approach that is part autobiography, part meditation on theory, in order to engage with the tension between "ordinary affects" (Stewart 2007) and the queer extraordinary. Drawing on my own experiences as part of an intentional community in Philadelphia, I consider what it means for me to experience affect in queer space. How does that manifest in the body, and the world in turn? How do these experiences fit into a larger desire for kinship and belonging? My purpose here is not to make broad claims about what affect is (or is not), but to provide a template for auto-ethnographic writing about the topic that is critical, self-aware, and exploratory. Situated within a queer context, it highlights connections between moments of everyday life and participation in discursive processes about what being [extra]ordinary means.
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"Dispatches from Queer Potluck: [Extra]ordinary Affects as a Project of Belonging,"
disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory: Vol. 28, Article 8.
Available at: https://uknowledge.uky.edu/disclosure/vol28/iss1/8