Researcher Eva Bernet Kempers, The Dunes of Schouwen-Duiveland & sociologist Darko Lagunas on the representation and translation of non-human actors.
In the second instalment of the series More-Than-Human Encounters we are inviting researchers, activists and artists in a three-day-program to explore the meaning and potential of justice in a multi-species post-imperialist world. Should we confer fundamental rights to animals and natural formations - such as lakes, the seas, rainforests and the soil? What can historical, present-day and future human and more-than-human alliances of resistance teach us? How are the worldwide decolonial struggles related to the global and local struggles for the live, safety and autonomy of non-human animals?
20:00: Welcome 20:05: ‘Animals in a more-than-human legality’ by Eva Bernet Kempers 20:15: ‘Voices of the Dunes’ by The Dunes of Schouwen-Duiveland 20:25: ‘Is representation enough?’ by Darko Lagunas 20:35: Round table discussion with Eva Bernet Kempers, Darko Lagunas and The Dunes of Schouwen-Duiveland, moderated by Olave Nduwanje 21:05 – 21:30: Q&A with the audience
A Series of More-Than-Human Encounters, a collaboration of Crosstalks and Kaaitheater, seeks to situate human to more-than-human relations, and conditions of liberation and co-existence in a world that has been modelled in a context of imperialism, patriarchy and capitalism.
Eva Bernet Kempers(she/her/hers) studied cultural anthropology, green criminology, and environmental law at Utrecht University. She combines perspectives from different disciplines in her current PhD-research under the auspices of the Animal & Law Chair at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Eva is particularly interested in the way in which law approaches non-human entities, and aims to develop a principle of animal dignity that can help to foster the trend towards a more-than-human legality.
Darko Lagunas (he/his) is an urban sociologist and action-researcher that focuses on socio-environmental issues. He is particularly interested in how western knowledge reproduces dualities and systems of supremacy. In his work, he collaborates with- and combines perspectives and methodologies from (social) scientists, artists and non-western thinkers such as indigenous actors.
There is no doubt that the dunes of Schouwen-Duiveland have a story to tell. It's just a matter of looking closely. In a certain sense they are also a measure of how we as humans are doing and where we are going. Artist Marinus (68 years old) has been working and playing with the dunes since elementary school and has never stopped doing so. He tells the story of the dunes on Schouwen-Duiveland.
Burundi-born Olave Nduwanje (she/her/hers) identifies as a non-binary trans femme. She is a published author, legal scholar, activist (anti-racism, LGBTQI+ rights, anti-capitalism, disability rights, anti-ecocide, etc.). Nduwanje has provided literary contributions to the following titles: Zwart-Afro-Europese literatuur uit de Lage Landen (2018), De Goede Immigrant (2020) and Being Imposed Upon (2020). You can find her on Instagram (@Nduwanje), Twitter (@OlaveTalks) and Youtube (@OlaveTalks). She has been based in Brussels since 2019.
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