Part of the Borrowed Time symposium October 31- November 3
Sunday, October 31 17.20-18.40 GMT/UTC+0
A Certain Kind of Dying
What happens when health, wellbeing, and recovery are caught up with particularly troubling modes of corporeal production and imperial stabilities? What happens when unbothered continuity gets in the way of flourishing? In what sense might we consider death – more than just a terminal point – a gift to this pandemic-inflected Anthropocene? In this talk, Bayo Akomolafe revisits dying as a decolonial opening and failure as an emancipatory cartography in modern territories of acting and becoming with the world. It just might take a certain kind of dying for us to be alive in a ravishingly different way.
A fugitive to the manicured the disciplinarity of the academe, public intellectual, lecturer, author, father of Alethea and Kyah, grateful husband/life-partner to Ijeoma, speaker, and proud diaper-changer, Bayo Akomolafe (PhD) leads an earth-wide organization-movement (The Emergence Network) as its Chief Curator and Director. The organization is set up around what Bayo calls “postactivism”, which concerns itself with an exploration of the materiality of responsibility and responsivity in critical times. Postactivism, as well as The Emergence Network, is a project framed within a posthumanist ethos and inspired by indigenous cosmologies. Bayo asks: what if the ways we respond to the problem is part of the problem? He considers this vocation to slow down, to touch the textures of urgency, to see through the eyes of the fugitive, as a shared art – an exploring of the edges of the intelligible, a dancing with posthumanist ideas, a dabbling in the mysteries of quantum mechanics and the liberating sermon of an ecofeminism text.
Bayo hosts a course (We Will Dance with Mountains) among other offerings, teaches and speaks around the world. He is passionate about nurturing a posthumanist emancipatory movement and fugitive network that opens up other sites of power.
Bayo is visiting professor at Middlebury College, Vermont, and has taught in universities around the world (including Sonoma State University California, Simon Frasier University Vancouver, Schumacher College Devon, Harvard University, and Covenant University Nigeria – among others). He is a consultant with UNESCO.
Bayo has authored two books, ‘We Will Tell Our Own Story!’ and ‘These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home’, and has penned forewords for many others.
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