WAKANDA UNIVERSITY AT THE AAA
a project from the Laboratory of Speculative Ethnology
This year’s AAA theme is “Resistance, Resilience, Adaptation.” The Laboratory of Speculative Ethnology brings Wakanda University to the AAA as an embodiment of all three of these principles.
We have rented booth number 319 in the conference exhibition hall. Activities and events will be scheduled in the booth independently from the AAA regular conference process. In short, it’s a conference within the conference, guerilla style.
The Call. Wakanda University at the AAA is envisioned as a collaborative Afro- and Ethnofuture space beyond whiteness. All are welcome. We want your Afro- and Ethno- imaginaries manifesting!
Within the overall conference theme “Resistance, Resilience, Adaptation,” Wakanda University @ AAA will focus on four key themes.
- ways of knowing, knowledge production and experience that unfurl from cosmologies beyond whiteness
In a world that centers Afro- and Ethno- cosmologies, what does research look like? What are research methods, materials and modalities? How is knowledge shared and distributed? These questions might be explored through idea-generating workshops, speculative making, experimental video, participatory exercises.
As an example, The Laboratory of Speculative Ethnology will present the EthnoSpa, and also invites people to the workshop Seeing Differently.
- mutual support, generosity and spiritual expansiveness
(LabSpecEth has formulated BeckyBeGone spray, which will be available for sale at the booth. BeckyBeGone mixes organic, homegrown herbs in a rum-based tincture that is then spiritually treated to gain maximum effectiveness. Not for internal use.)
Dissertation Doula Sessions
- undoing the violence of the academy
In addressing the above, formats might include: speculation, collaborative workshops, presentation, performance, guided experiences.