Launch 'Bodies in Resistance and Rebellion in times of War and Death'


Rijksakademie Resident Aldo Esparza Ramos presents "Bodies in Resistance and Rebellion in times of War and Death"

Thursday 20 June 2019
17:00 - 19:00, doors open at 16:45
Rijksakademie Reading Room

Admission is free, reserve your seat here

This event is part of the Rijksakademie Public Programme and was initiated by Rijksakademie resident artist Aldo Esparza Ramos and Teresa Maria Diaz Nerio.

Inspired by and in conversation with dialogical and decolonial methodologies and feminist and indigenous epistemologies, Other Practices of knowledge(s) as a collaborative and autonomous publishing praxis also constitutes an example of epistemic freedom within (and despite of) colonial patriarchal academia (Icaza 2018). The IV volume of this publication-praxis titled Bodies in Resistance and Rebellion in times of War and Death is been launched in different venues across Germany and the Netherlands. The volume features contributions from indigenous, afro-descendant, mestizo, black, trans, anti-racist feminists academics, activists and artists based in the Americas, the Caribbean and the Netherlands who reflect upon their embodied and enfleshed/encarnada resistance in the margins of academia that provide vocabularies and praxis that highlights ways of cultivating knowledge aiming at overcoming epistemic violence (de Jong et. al. 2018, Motta 2018).

This event is in collaboration with Weaving Realities.
About the Speakers
Professor Xochitl Leyva
CIESAS, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.
Xóchitl Leyva Solano is a political activist and academic researcher, who studies power relations and social movements through the lens of political anthropology. Within recent years she dedicated special attention to the indigenous Zapatista-movement, following a collaborative approach with marginalized groups, revealing "otros conocimientos" ('other knowledge') and at the same time questioning language, theories and paradigms of western academia.

Professor Patricia Botero
Patricia Botero has a PhD in Social Sciences, Child and Youth from Universidad de Manizales and CINDE, Colombia. She is teacher and researcher at the Center for Independent Studies and Autonomous Publishing House "Color Tierra". This center and publishing house is a collaborative project that involves Collective Weavings of Universidad de la Tierra, Manizales-Caldas, the South-West Colombian, the Campaign "Pacific Otherwise" is Possible and the Group “Academics Defending the Colombian Pacific, Gaidepac. Her work focuses in narrative research and research processes from the perspective of collective action and decolonization.
Dr. Christiane Stephan
Christiane Stephan currently works as post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn. She is at the same time active as an activist working on topics of women's rights and dignity in various spaces around Germany, Mexico and Kenya. Since the formulation of a topic for her PhD research, she has gained practical experience in doing research not as an "atomized, individualized" researcher but in "co-labor", which since then has been a constant point of reflection, hope and challenge. Using visual methods and various sensory methods, she tries to discover new ways of co-creating and communicating research together with a network of friends, research partners and colleagues. In a new research project, she looks into arts and media "imaginations of the future".
Paulina Trejo Mendez
I am a decolonial feminist and artist writing and resisting from my body. I am currently doing a PhD at the International Institute of Social Studies part of Erasmus University Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. My academic work focuses on forms of resistance to the violence of colonility specifically on resistance to epistemicide (erasure of ways of knowing) and to femicide (erasure of racialized-gendered-feminized bodies). It considers these while looking at the politics of knowledge within the field of development studies from a decolonial lens. I am part of Comalli Collective focused on creative projects on art and healing and write on decolonization in my blog and about autonomous health and healing from a feminist perspective in my blog in Spanish
About Weaving Realities
Weaving Realities is a collaboration among three artists, namely Teresa Maria Diaz Nerio, Yuchen Li and Aldo Esparza Ramos, who are all based in Amsterdam. The intention is set around the concept of ‘sentipensar’ which is thinking through feeling and also the concept of ‘practical decolonization’ which aims to re-educate us all into a living in harmony with each other and with nature.
With series of public programs, we are re-educating ourselves by bringing other cosmologies into our practices and by founding our thinking in the doing in everyday life.