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Wynter in Winter Reading Group

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West Space at Collingwood Yards

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102/30 Perry St

Collingwood, VIC 3066

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Wynter in Winter Reading Group, co-hosted by Samira Farah, Madeleine Collie and Amy Spiers at West Space

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Sylvia Wynter, is a Jamaican novelist (The Hills of Hebron, 1962), critic, philosopher, and essayist. Her work combines insights from the sciences, the humanities, art, and anti-colonial struggles in order to unsettle what she refers to as the "overrepresentation of Man.” She proposes a planetary form of humanism one that has so far not existed on the planet. In this reading group we explore Sylvia Wynter’s proposal for a radical interdisciplinarity. She argues that what is needed to confront the challenges of our times is a new order of being human which will take the place of the globally instituted order of knowledge on which we currently rely for our understanding of crisis. She calls explicitly for a Culture /Nature/ Science. Wynter’s thinking and research has been influential for a number of scholars including Kathryn Yusoff, Walter Mignolo, Jack Halberstam, Katherine McKittrick. A book of essays that expands on her thinking was published in 2015 under the title Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human as Praxis, ed Katherine McKittrick, (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2015,).

We plan to read her essay which forms the basis of her critique of humanism "Unsettling the Coloniality of Being/Power/Truth/Freedom: Towards the Human, After Man, Its Overrepresentation—An Argument.” We will read aloud, no preparation necessary, and we hope we will meet for 6 weeks. I (maddy) have been sending this essay to everyone and we are really excited to have the opportunity to read it with others.

West Space

Every Wednesday 6-8pm

19 May - 23 June

We hope you will join us in reading this incredible text.

Amy, Maddy, Samira

Amy Spiers

Madeleine Collie

Samira Farah

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West Space at Collingwood Yards

West Space

102/30 Perry St

Collingwood, VIC 3066

Australia

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Founded by artists, West Space is a centre for contemporary art situated in Melbourne, Australia, on the land of the Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation.

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