Creative Socialist-feminist Space: Creating Moments of Agency and Emancipation by Storytelling Outlawed Experiences and Relational Aesthetic


  • Nadine Changfoot Trent University Champlain College Political Studies



socialist feminisms, outlawed experience, relational aesthetics, emancipatory moments, digital storytelling, racialization, anti-racism, colonialism


This article argues that creative socialist-feminist spaces, where art-based knowledge is created, can provide opportunities for creating new knowledge with emancipatory moments for those who are marginalized and have had marginalizing experiences. In so doing, commodified existence (Hennessey 2002) becomes disrupted through the emergence of new knowledge entwined with emotion. The outcome of this kind of endeavor includes transformational knowledge of self, relations of power, and a vision of alternative possibilities in relation to that knowledge. A relational aesthetic emerges where meaning for political change is co-created through the exploration of personal experience using an arts-based medium that itself creates community and political vision. These claims are made based on personal experience creating a digital-story (short 3-4 minute self-reflexive film) exploring the first memories of having a racialized body constituted by racist slurs and from a discourse that disidentifies one from Canadian citizenship and belonging.

Author Biography

Nadine Changfoot, Trent University Champlain College Political Studies

Nadine Changfoot is Associate Professor in Political Studies at Trent University, Peterborough, ON, Canada. She researches in the area of identity, subjectivity, emancipatory possibilities within art and community organizing and their respective theoretical underpinnings. She has published in a range of areas including the performance of neoliberal citizenship as resistance, Simone de Beauvoir, Hegel, and the role of neoliberal federalism in national unity.