Below Jack Halberstam and Jane Bennett meet in a vibratory encounter designed not to explain or judge but to dilate, to influence, and to disorder.
They speak of desire and non-human worlds — and each will shift their two books, Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire and Influx and Efflux: Writing Up with Walt Whitman into each other’s orbits and let shapes of a conversation emerge. Attending to process, luxuriating in profusion, they seek multitudes and migrations, and not force them into coherence or congruence.
Jack Halberstam is Professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University. Jane Bennett is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, Johns Hopkins University. The moderator was Ken Wissoker, Director of Intellectual Publics and Senior Executive Editor of Duke University Press.