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Who Would Be Free, Themselves Must Strike the Blow

Circle 2: Screening and talk by Maria Puig de la Bellacasa

19 Jan 2019

Circle 2 in this gathering will explore the subjects Care / The Commons / Land.
Join us for the screening of Fabrizio Terranova's film Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival followed by a talk by Maria Puig de la Bellacasa.
Soils, care and community: re-imagining ecological belonging.
By Maria Puig de la Bellacasa.
This talk weaves together moments in scientific practice, community activism and creative art to tell stories in which soils are coming alive, revealing life within them, even a spirit. Re-animated human-soil relations are altering the perception of earth matter as inert resource passive to human use. Instead, they call for a sense of caring interdependency where the carers are not only human. As soils become enlivened a sense of human-soil interdependency is intensified, appealing to renewed ecological affinities, re-animating not only soils but also the humans who care for them. A more than human sense of community and belonging emerges, that depends on embracing the breakdown and recirculation of matter as a mundane eco-ethical obligation that disrupts the fascination with life as magnificent productivity and endurance. 
This event is part of the gathering Who Would Be Free, Themselves Must Strike the Blow. See the full programme here.
Free. Booking required.
The Space
With thanks to The Centre for Critical Theory at the University of Nottingham.
About the contributors:
Maria Puig de la Bellacasa teaches at the University of Warwick. Her most recent book, Matters of care. Speculative ethics in more than human worlds (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) initiates a conversation between feminist critical thinking on practices of care and debates on more than human ontologies and ecological futures. Her current research concentrates on ongoing formations of ecological cultures, looking in particular at how connections between scientific knowing, social and community movements and artistic interventions can contribute to transformative more than human ethics and politics.
Fabrizio Terranova, Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival, (2016), 81 min.
A playful and candid portrait of one of the most important living thinkers. Donna Haraway’s groundbreaking work in science, technology, gender and trans-species relationships over the last four decades is marked by her deep commitments to feminism and environmentalism. Refusing to distinguish between humans and animals and machines, she proposed new ways of understanding our world that challenge normative structures and boundaries. Her approach to writing is equally distinct, breaking with prevailing trends in theory by embracing narrative techniques in painting a rebellious and hopeful future. Recognising her singular talent for storytelling, Fabrizio Terranova spent a few weeks filming Haraway and her dog Cayenne in their Southern California home, exploring their personal universe as well as the longer development of Haraway’s views on kinship and planetary welfare. Animated by green screen projections, archival materials and fabulation, Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival is an appropriately eccentric response to a truly original thinker.