Letting it all hang out

Well, shoot.

When I wrote the abstract for my “How to recover from care” session at the upcoming Undisciplining conference, I was recovering from open heart surgery with the enthusiasm of a pole vaulter gearing up for Tokyo. I prided myself in living with a foot on the gas, going for broke, letting it all hang out.

Every moment was meaningful.

Now, however many months later, as I’m readying myself to board a flight from Canada to the UK to perform at the Baltic, I’m in a different headspace and am back-tracking on my vision for the performance/workshop.

Sure, I’d still like to share some of my creative work and let it all hang out, a bit. (I am a memoir writer, storyteller and recreational standup comic after all)

But, I’d also like to invite a meaningful exploration of care in contemporary life and of how storytelling can feed into sociological analyses. I am excited to dialogue – reflecting, responding and riffing together.

I should also say, I was inspired to connect with the The Sociological Review community after reading Bev Skeggs’ blog, A Crisis in humanity, in which she beautifully narrates conditions of care in the UK – sharing about her experiences and situating them politically. Check it out here. And wish me luck in the UK!

Janna Klostermann (@jannaKlos)

The image above is of Jennifer Bornstein's New Rubbing and Psychological Tests exhibit at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art