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In the aftermath of violent histories, the notion of vulnerability can offer an alternative to trauma and its inexorable temporality. Looking forward toward alternative trajectories and an open future rather than backward toward the past, vulnerability can be a starting point rather than a condition to be denied or overcome.  Focusing on the work of several artists and writers whose work enacts the transmission of traumatic and violent histories, this essay finds that aesthetic encounters provide a platform for the practice of vulnerability and of resistance. Whether shared or differentially imposed, an acknowledgment of vulnerability can create spaces of connective engagements in vulnerable times.

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