Subjectivity as a play of territorialization: Exploring affective attachments to place through collective biography
In this paper the authors seek to contribute to a new ontology of an embodied, desiring subject through an exploration of
their own subjectivities and of the ways in which subjectivities are produced and transformed through affective attachments
to place. Using the method of collective biography (Davies, Gannon 2006) and drawing on Deleuze and Guattari’s concepts of
desire and territorialization they examine their affective responses and attachments to place: Australia and the Czech Republic.
As a point of departure for their analysis, the authors ask: What does it mean to be homesick for a place which is not one’s
home? What does it mean to desire a place? What of the other place is inscribed in the body? In asking this, the authors show
the extent to which place is a zone of immanence in which a continual play of de- and re-territorialization occurs.