with Bayo Akomolafe
What Does Activism Look Like At The End Of Hope?
A Special Offering in Partnership with the Jung Platform, Utah
February 21 – May 1, 2019
Seeing anew would take not just crafting new answers to our most intractable problems but finding new questions – new ways of asking. Our vocation must now be to seek out questions and to come to the places where we are “undone”.
– Bayo Akomolafe –
This course is about coming undone. Join poet, philosopher, psychologist and professor Bayo Akomolafe, as he invites you to ‘stay with the trouble’ during a deeply immersive exploration of what it means to be on the planet today. During this six-session online course, Bayo will accompany you on a deep-dive into the nature of truth, reality and activism.
THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU WHEN YOU FEEL READY TO:
Find out how it is possible to develop a new way of thinking about the environment, about ourselves, and about how we relate in and with this world.
Shake the plots and narratives that you’ve become so used to; trouble your problems by questioning the questions you ask.
MORE ABOUT THE COURSE
As our world leans dangerously on the brink of catastrophe, there is a renewed urgency for answers to lingering crises. However, maybe it is the case that we do not yet have the ‘right’ questions. Maybe we do not yet know how or what to ask.
There is wisdom in slowing down because that shift in motion might allow us to notice a different path hiding in the obviousness of the familiar. What could it mean to slow down in times of urgency? And what are the conditions that make ‘slowing down’ a sensible (or sensuous) response to the many recalcitrant crisis events that are proving resistant to resolution?
We are learning that we are not only fully in Nature, but that Nature is fully in us; we are learning to see that humans are not discrete or solitary actors in the world, but immersed in, instigated by, and in touch with the environment. We are recognizing just how animal-like mind is, and just how human-like Nature is. This realization constitutes a burden on neo-liberal and humanist figures of the activist, and calls to question the confidence that we can unilaterally respond to our collective troubles or “save the day.”
Bayo Akomolafe asks: “What if the way we respond to our problems is part of the problem?” What questions are possible today? What if the way we act actually serves to reproduce the same conditions we are striving to escape?
This course is about what Bayo calls ‘post-activism’ which invites new practices of co-inquiry by reconfiguring specific situations in post-human(ist) senses, thereby cleaving open new arrangements of power. Most especially, this course is about “making sanctuary”, “pouring libations”, “making kin with the world” and nurturing new capacities in the texture of a deep acquaintance with the manifold others that make us and with our porosity.
WHO WOULD ENJOY THIS COURSE:
- Individuals interested in understanding how they could approach the world and their own relationship with Nature differently.
- Anyone who feels troubled in the current world, and who is seeking a sense of home, sacredness, deeper connection and purpose.
- Anyone interested in making a difference or becoming activists in a troubled world.
- Anyone practicing, researching or generally interested in eco-psychology and the Anthropocene phenomenon.
- Individuals who are environmentally conscious or who already regard themselves as activists, but who may feel overwhelmed by the challenges they see in the world.
- Mental health professionals and anyone in the healing professions who would be interested in an understanding of how the collective unconscious surrounding the world’s current crises affects the ‘individual psyche’, and vice versa.
Module One: Flipping the Script, Drawing New Lines in the Sand
How the world’s metamorphosis challenges Western assumptions about embodiment, about the environment, and about what it means to be human.
- Session 1: Coming down to earth: postactivism in the Anthropocene
- Session 2: This changes everything: time, self, knowledge, embodiment and agency
Module Two: Decentering the Actor
The human self has changed address.
- Session 3: Hugging monsters: Ecofeminist thinking
- Session 4: How we respond to the crisis is part of the crisis: The fragility of responsivity
Module Three: Shapeshift
This module completes the circle, bringing us to hope and hopelessness.
- Session 5: Curious openings, curious rituals: What sort of rituals, practices and possibilities are available to our specific conditions?
- Session 6: Hope and other places of power
All course participants will receive a detailed course manual before the course commences, and be able to look forward to practical exercises, case studies, on-the-ground practices and much more.
If you are not able to join the live online classes due to time zone differences, please be aware that all enrolled participants receive video and audio recordings in their Inbox after each class.
Free Introductory Webinar Date TBC Time TBC
Session 1 February 21 6pm PST / 9pm EST / 1pm AEDT /
Session 2 March 7 6pm PST / 9pm EST / 1pm AEDT
Session 3 March 21 6pm PST / 9pm EST / 1pm AEDT
Session 4 April 4 6pm PST / 9pm EST / 1pm AEDT
Session 5 April 24 6pm PST / 9pm EST / 1pm AEDT
Session 6 May 1 6pm PST / 9pm EST / 1pm AEDT
ABOUT THE COURSE PRESENTER
Author, speaker, lecturer, renegade academic, ethnopsychotherapeutic researcher and proud diaper-changer, Bayo Akomolafe (Ph.D.), is globally recognized for his poetic, unconventional and counter-intuitive take on global crisis, civic action and social change. He is Executive Director and Initiating / Co-ordinating Curator for the Emergence Network. Bayo has authored two books: ‘We Will Tell Our Own Story’ and ‘These Wilds Beyond Our Fences: Letters To My Daughter on Humanity’s Search For Home’ and has penned forewords for many others.
Bayo is visiting professor at Middlebury College, Vermont, and has taught in universities around the world (including Sonoma State University California, Simon Frasier University Vancouver, Schumacher College Devon, Harvard University, and Covenant University Nigeria – among others). He is a consultant with UNESCO, leading efforts for the Imagining Africa’s Future (IAF) project. He speaks and teaches about his experiences around the world, and then returns to his adopted home in Chennai, India – “where the occasional whiff of cow dung dancing in the air is another invitation to explore the vitality of a world that is never still and always surprising.”
He considers his most sacred work to be learning how to be with his daughter and son – Alethea Aanya and Kyah Jayden – and their mother, his wife and “life-nectar”, Ijeoma.
FEES AND REGISTRATION:
For all 6 online classes of 2 hours each, plus access to the audio and video recordings after each session: $267
Early bird discount: $245 before 7 January 2019
Payment plans available, email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire.
A limited number of scholarships are available. Send a two to three paragraph statement to email@example.com and motivate why you feel you qualify for a scholarship, how much you are able to afford, and how you feel you could pay it forward (e.g. by helping Bayo Akomolafe, Jung Platform or someone else in your community).
To register for the course, visit Making Sanctuary with Bayo Akomolafe