TROUBLE

How can we embrace trouble?
How can we develop strategies for making it and being in it in ways that could produce compelling and potentially transformative ideas and actions?

How can we take troublemaking seriously?
As an important way of living life? As an object/subject of analysis? As a virtue that guides our moral and ethical practices?

How can we encourage the troublemaker within us?
How can we learn to listen to the voice that tells us that something isn’t right and that demands that we challenge the ideas that are being forced upon us? To refuse to merely accept what we are told without question or careful consideration? To perpetually ask why things are the way they are and who benefits from them being so? And, most importantly, always to think and reflect on our lives and our actions and relationships to others?

TROUBLE is a blog created by me,  Sara Puotinen. I developed it to give serious attention to making, being in and staying in TROUBLE and to function as a writing, researching and teaching tool. I started it in 2009, while I was still an official academic, teaching in a gender, women and sexuality studies department. Since then I’ve left the academy and expanded to other online spaces. In early 2017, I’m working on how to re-organize this site so that it might serve as a resource for others (and for me) as we struggle with how to make and stay in trouble in these difficult times.