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Transversality / Transversalidad [1] [English / Spanish]


Transversality [tranzˈːs|-ˈsalɪti|] (noun)


A manner of acting against a pre-established order contradicting the typical methods.

Oppose or denial of what is already existing in order to influence a current state of affairs.


A condition with reference to place that produces a special impact, generally creating a space of negotiation since it always has to do with material interactions.

It could be noticeable in people's ideas or convictions characterized by a cross-cut way of making sense.


This word was mentioned during a discussion held at the conference AMS-BER-BXL in response to the following inquiry:

Supposing that the total budget of your institution gets reduced to the half of what you have now, what would you actually do to keep your office still running?  Would you then choose to dismiss half of your team in order to cut expenses? (this question was made by the moderator of the debate on “Rich discourses on a tight budget” to an artistic director of a cultural centre in Belgium).

The answer on this was: No, I will try to keep as much as possible all my team complete, probably transforming their involvements from full time to part-time engagements. The years of experience in the work field is something extremely valuable, specially if we are dealing with unpredictable scenarios, less resources and higher demands for accomplishing our goals. I will definitely seek for a way of acting across problems instead of provoking internal disturbances or fractures in my team.


The notion of “acting across problems” mentioned here has been later indicated along other concepts such as “sustainable organization”, “connected leadership”, “new cooperative models” and “more different ways of doing”.


Transversality in oral performance:

Presence- Becomings- Comings-to-be in relation to something said.

It is a peculiar way of expressing ideas as ephemeral and punctual interventions establishing multidirectional relations between hypothesis and facts in the course of a speech or a dialogue.

As a notion borrowed from mathematics it becomes apparent when a systematic observation is applied to the rhetorical figures in use at any verbal exchange. It is recognized as a highly affective way of addressing opinions due to the combination of thoughts and feelings in the discourse.

It can be best described as the craft of making spaces to intersect by navigating the limits and thresholds of subjectivities on a particular topic.


Author and Translator: Cecilia Vallejos

[1] This text is generated from the conference BER-AMS-BXL that took place in Amsterdam, 05 – 08/09/2013: (last access: 18/03/2014)