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their experiences point to the central role of the concept in helping the activists to make sense of their pasts and orient collectively towards the future, despite their traumatizing experiences. During my fieldwork, I was intrigued by the therapeutic role played by feminist gatherings and action around the theme of gendered violence and related trauma. These were some of the most collective moments of feminism which, I suggest, like the theatre gathering described at the beginning of this chapter, often turned to collective therapy and healing. Indeed, feminist
protestors succeeded. In all of these examples, there is an emerging sense of explicit public accountability. ‘Don’t sleep on silk’, one mural asks of the collective us – as if to advise viewers that while the path ahead is a long and arduous one, it is worth taking. ‘Collective therapy of the civil war, for the first time since the civil war’, another reminds, contextualising the current moment in its wider historical frame. And so, too, these public artworks identify and make explicit the figureheads of the collective other. This is no longer the sectarian other that
Brexit came not through any of those, but through an ‘Oh dear God’ moment, which is, you know, the collective therapy of trying to think about it, talk about it, and write about it. And from time to time I think, ‘I might know enough, I might not know enough to write about it.’ And then I write something, and I read other people’s and I think, ‘I am not sure that you know enough, either.’ Janet: Is that a kind of collaboration, when you come across people that make you think in a different way? [01:09:05] John: It is, and I think, I mean there is a double