I am co-convening a working group with James McMaster and Patricia Gomes from NYU's Performance Studies:
What forms of care and kinship are required for the survival and sustainability of inhuman life as we approach irrecoverable ecological destruction? To speak of inhuman life is not only to acknowledge the vitality of things, plants, and animals from within the Anthropocene, but also to recognize the minoritarian subjects for whom the category of the Human has historically been inhospitable. For these under-siege constituencies—people of color, queer and trans individuals, women, indigenous peoples, the disabled—survival takes hold within alternative structures of kinship that organize and are organized by the collective performance of care that reproduces life itself. Within several indigenous ontologies, the human is one minor node in a greater network of kin-making. When and how does performance, among other creative practices, offer a way of being beyond our species? What modalities of movement are required to shift our stance, to re-evaluate the terms of engagement to which we have been disciplined? In accordance with “Unsettling the Americas,” this workshop seeks to map the intimate geographies of kinship and care that sustain inhumanity alongside artists, scholars, and activists tired with the worn-out category of the Human. Ours is a mission to unsettle a version of the enlightened Euro-centric human that Caribbean philosopher Sylvia Wynter has simply called “Man.” We welcome academics, artists, and activists to join us in our collective study of resistance movements, care-full interdependencies, and more-than-human life-worlds.