Thursday, 29 June

Next Society

Thu 29 June | 13:00 - 13:30


The Great Magnet

These Wilds Beyond Our Fences: Responsiveness in an Age of Posthuman Entanglement

The Emergence Network, a queer organization of curators across the globe, often resists definition. For now, I’d refer to it as an earth-wide, soil-deep commonwealth of tricksters and edge-walkers that are committed to the art of queering traditional activisms and contemporary patterns of responding to crisis, while opening up new spaces of power in partnership with the nonhuman planet. At the heart of our work is the question: what if the way we respond to crisis is part of the crisis? In this talk, I explain how particular onto-epistemological shifts in our understanding of our place in the world, a different notion of causation, and the agency of the nonhuman, is creating potential for new kinds of actions today. And why, in these times of urgency, we ought to slow down.


Bayo Akomolafe (PhD) left a teaching position as a professor and clinical psychologist in a Nigerian university to pursue “a small and intense life” outside the highways of the familiar, outside of fences. Author, speaker, poet, lover and father, he is Chief Curator of The Emergence Network, whose core question is “What if the way we respond to crisis is part of the crisis?”