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.
During the first series (November 2020 - March 2021) speakers such as Zakiyyah Iman Jackson and Maneesha Deckha expressed the need for a new definition of being in order to disrupt the human non-human distinctions that orders the Western thought. What legal formats are needed to strengthen the position of non-humans within a human-centered worldview? How to avoid the stigmatization of non-normative bodies and minds? And what about the authority of other elements of nature?
Curated in dialogue with Olave Nduwanje, Mariska Jung, David Weber-Krebs and Geertrui Cazaux.
The second series (October 2021 - January 2022) elaborated further on different ways of being and different ways of being knowledge. What would history look like if seen through the eyes of more-than-human agents? With plants, mountains and the sea as thinking companions, you are invited to not only reconsider the artificial distinction between the human and the non-human, but also the idea of humans as autonomous and self-determined beings.
Curated in dialogue with Gosie Vervloessem, Olave Nduwanje, Mihnea Tanasescu and Marialena Marouda.
Have a look at the lexicon for the series of More-Than-Human Encounters, a list of less evident terminology used in the lectures of the series.