Littoral Listening #5

Small periwinkle flowers against a background of green and brown grass

Littoral Listening #5: (Re)si(st)ing

Read this blog post about our experience at Littoral Listening #5

WHEN: May 27th, 15:00 to 16:30 

Where: Zoom 

As spring springs in the temperate northern hemisphere and days approach their shortest south of the equator we will revisit the importance of rest. For some a focus on rest and recuperation at this time of year will mean resisting the tide of spring’s energetic emergence, fast flowing waters, leaves coming in to themselves, blossoms teasing of future bounty. For others it may be the embrace of these changes. Perhaps rest is found in allowing emergencies to emerge gently. Or meeting the emergency at the door and inviting it in for tea.

To each their own recombinant rest.

Join us for our second attempt to share the writing and thoughts of Jamaica Kincaid in her story “At the bottom of the River” (1983). How might we listen for and with the beings and becomings that both require and provision rest? In what cycles and situations does the red-hot fire of ‘go go, do do’ subside and become interlaced with “the red flames of when a fire is burning in a cozy room”? 

All are welcome to join. This Littoral Listening will take place during Listening, Attuning, the FEELed Lab’s 2022 feminist environmental humanities summer school, though is open to anyone who would like to participate. We will plan to be together for 1.5 hours; you are welcome to come or go to meet your needs. 


Pages 77 to 82 from the following story:

Kincaid, J. (1983). At the Bottom of the River. In At the Bottom of the River (pp. 62–82). Vintage Books.


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Pester, H. (2016). Songs of Rest: An Intervention in the Complex Genre of the Lullaby. In The Restless Compendium (pp. 113–118). Palgrave Macmillan.

Belausteguigoitia, M. (2000). The Right to Rest: Women’s struggle to be heard in the Zapatistas’ movement. Development43(3), 81–87.

Young, A. (Host). (2020, June 8). Tricia Hersey on Rest as Resistance (No. 185). [Audio podcast episode]. In For the Wild.

May, K. (2020). Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times. Riverhead Books.


Tippet, K. (Host). (2021, December 9). How ‘Wintering’ Replenishes. [Audio podcast episode]. In On Being with Krista Tippet.

  • Listen to the full episode or or read the transcript here

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