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When Belonging Fails to Belong (with Bayo Akomolafe)

When Belonging Fails to Belong (with Bayo Akomolafe)

Date/Time: Saturday 30th March 17:30-20:30


  • Talk – 17:30-19:00
  • Fireside Time and Singing (in the Garden) – 19:00-20:30

Accessibility: the art room and garden are fully accessible. For more information about accessibility please click here.

Booking: places will be limited so booking is recommended. Book via eventbrite here

About Bayo Akomolafe

A widely celebrated and renown international speaker, philosopher, psychologist, professor, and poet, Bayois an award-winning public intellectual, essayist and author of two books,convener of the concepts of ‘postactivism’, ‘transraciality’ and ‘ontofugitivity’. He will give a talk in the Art Room followed by some fireside singing time in the garden!

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…Also Bayo will be in Dundee! 

P.S. Bayo will be visiting from India and will give talks both at edinburgh uni and in Dundee university: Please share the Dundee event link with anyone who might be interested:

More about the Evening

How do we come to belong? From one perspective, belonging is a felt experience of affinity with place and people. But our descriptions of affinity often leave out a world of material relations that ‘perform’ affinity: the objects, the smells, the architecture, a particular hint of blue in the sky. In other words, affinity is a more-than-human project, instead of what humans alone create.

In this talk, Dr. Akomolafe borrows from his Yoruba cosmology to speak about belonging as a dynamic milieu of creation and tensions that often spills away from itself. That is, belonging is characterized by departures. When the thermal threads of belonging become fluid, when home no longer feels like home, when affinity becomes diasporic, where do we go? Dr. Akomolafe convenes thoughts about agency, accountability, and the emancipatory freedom within closures to tell a story about what might happen when our normative realities begin to hollow out from beneath our feet.

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