Join us for a KWIC 30th Anniversary Presentation on Thursday, October 10th, 7pm: The Gift of the Crossroads: Agency, Responsibility and Justice in the Anthropocene with internationally renowned author, speaker, lecturer, and renegade academic, Bayo Akomolafe.
Bayo will talk about how the Anthropocene, as we are currently experiencing it, is disrupting our commonly held conceptions about social change, racial justice, and hope, and pushing us towards the otherwise; other places of power and the in-between spaces they might be found. Bayo articulates a different framing of activism and sense-making, of racialization and an urgent need to slow down in times of trouble. Recognizing, as he would say, that “the poison is not in the pot, the poison is the pot” - meaning our way of responding to the crisis (climate change, environmental degradation, poverty, schooling systems, etc.) are all part of the crisis.
Venue: TBA Ticketed Event
Decolonizing Education / Post-Activism Workshop: Friday, October 11th
This participatory workshop invites participants into an emerging field of inquiry, where a constellation of practices helps us do the decolonial work of coming to terms with our imbrications with the world around us, and the stunning implications for agency and change. Working under the same title as the evening keynote; this workshop will be a space to explore how certain climatic, social, political and spiritual upheavals have brought us to the crossroads, where we must confront ourselves and how we are responding to this crisis. What do we do in this place? Where is our sanctuary? Bayo will create a dialogue around the idea of “post-activism”, or the kinds of commitments that invite us to ask new questions not only about what we are doing with the world but what the world is doing with us in the same gesture. A mode of engagement that affords us: ‘new’ ways of meeting the universes that shake us from our firm tethering to victory.
Time & Venue: TBA *Ticketed Event Details coming soon!
Author, speaker, lecturer, renegade academic and ethno-psychotherapeutic researcher, Bayo Akomolafe (Ph.D.), is globally recognized for his poetic, unconventional and counter-intuitive take on global crisis, civic action and social change. He is Chief Curator of The Emergence Network – a post-activism project concerned with the material performativity of responsivity in precarious times and 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’. Bayo is a 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, leading efforts for the Imagining Africa’s Future (IAF) project. He speaks and teaches about his experiences around the world, and then returns to his adopted home in Chennai, India – “where the occasional whiff of cow dung dancing in the air is another invitation to explore the vitality of a world that is never still and always surprising.” Bayo changes diapers, loves ghee dosas with coconut chutney, and is slowly learning how to play with his children. He considers his most sacred work to be learning how to be with his daughter and son – Alethea Aanya and Kyah Jayden – and their mother, his wife and “life-nectar”, Ijeoma.