Thuistezien 240 — 19.04.2021

Haraway Circle #4
Making Kin

In this circle we will contend with one of Donna Haraway's most controversial and troubling pleas, that we human beings should ‘make kin, not babies’. Here we have to encounter the rage which roars beneath her humour and tickling goads, what she describes to Sarah Franklin as her ‘bone-deep fury, and horror, and fear, and not being happy’ with the way that human life is reproduced on this planet.

Against accusations of Malthusianism and its attendant racism Haraway, with her inimitable urgency, affirms he commitment to all life, including human life. If we really care about the lives and prospects of humanity, this requires us to radically re-examine our infinitely interwoven symbiosis with other life on the planet.

Only through cultivating emotional bonds with non-human lives as strong as those we have with others, can we begin to articulate the kind of dialectical practices we need to sustainably care not only for the biosphere, but for each other. We will examine her provocative figure of ‘Oddkin’, which opens up realms of understanding and acting in the Thick Present which are radically hybrid, and transindividual.

The Harwaway Circle is a series of readings and artistic encounters convened by Baruch Gottlieb. The Haraway reading circle is open to anyone who would like to read Haraway regardless of previous experience. The session will begin with an introductory exploration of the days theme elaborating key concepts. This is followed by the circle taking turns reading from Haraway out loud, breaking to elaborate uncertainties, ideas and emergent curiosities. The session concludes with a synthetic discussion.

ONLINE Haraway Circle #4, A series of readings and artistic encounters
Sunday 25.04.2021 > 14:00 (CEST)
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