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Of Animacy Reading Group returns to the ICA after a year’s break to discuss Astrida Neimanis’ ‘No Representation without Colonisation? (Or, Nature Represents Itself)’.
In this 2015 essay, Neimanis – most recently known for her theory of hydrofeminism – turns her attention to the ethics and politics of speaking for others. Tracing through material feminist, anti-colonial and ecofeminist writings, Neimanis seeks for the balance between addressing injustices done unto others and the risk of violence that is embedded in the attempt of speaking on someone's behalf. Rather than seeking to free us from the complexities of advocating for the interests of others, Neimanis urges us to remain fully accountable and sensitive to the risks involved.
Led by curator Nella Aarne, this monthly reading group thinks through feminist engagements with human and non-human agents in the material world, spanning philosophy and natural and human sciences. The texts and discussions meander through a multiplicity of concepts and ways of thinking, developing into a vibrant web of ideas – the shape and character of which will organically unfold over time.
Of Animacy fosters learning through open discussion in a democratic space, with an aim to recognise vital alliances for our daily life and political thought. Reading the selected text in advance is recommended but not necessary. Printed copies will be available at the gathering and excerpts of the text will be read together to support open discussion. Of Animacy meets every month at the ICA and is always open to all.
Astrida Neimanis, ‘No Representation without Colonisation? (Or, Nature Represents Itself)’, Somatechnics, Vol. 5, No. 2, Autumn 2015, pp. 135–153.
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