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Keynote lecture - FRANÇOISE VERGÈS: "Entangled Temporalities and the Age of the Necrocene" (Eternal Presents and Resurfacing Futures)

When:Th 28-10-2021 10:15 - 11:30

This keynote lecture is part of the Netherlands Research School for Literaty Studies (OSL) workshop Eternal Presents and Resurfacing Futures: Postcolonial/Postsocialist Dynamics of Time and Memory in Literature and Art


In the Global South, entangled temporalities (pastness, presents -plural-and futures -already lived in past and present) question a temporality tied to the belief that things willnecessarilyget better. They must get better! The future of humanity is at stake! But what is this «better» time made of? What are its colours, its taste, its contours? In contrast, what are the dreams of entangled temporalities made of? Françoise Vergès will try to answer these questions looking at wasted bodies and lands, cleaning, caring and curing.

About the speaker

Françoise Vergès is a public educator, writer and activist in anticolonialiste and decolonial feminist struggles and a cofounder of the association Decolonize the Arts. She is currently curating The School La Colonie Nomad “Fragments of Repair» in Paris in connection with franco-Algerian artist Kader Attia’ s show in Utrecht « Fragments of Repair » in partnership with bak Utrecht. He lest publications in English, The Wombs of Women; Race, Capitalism, Feminism (2020) and A Decolonial Feminism (2021)


To attend this keynote lecture, please register on the OSL website.