HKW will be closed from Jan 7 until 26.
Gaps, holes, erasures are spectral wounds in the flesh of history. In the context of the Black Atlantic and African history, how can repair – beyond material reparation – acknowledge that former memories, relations and possibilities can never be fully restituted? How to heal what haunts the present time, in the social body and collective consciousness, looking for missing voices and unveiled stories? In order to overcome the spectrum of past and future oppressive systems, edition #9 of the New Alphabet School will look at literature as well as political activism as liberatory pedagogies, and set out to reclaim social technologies of healing as conceived of in African cosmology. Healing will focus on afro-diasporic spiritual or folk healing practices, lay movements for recovery – therapeutic, self-help, shamanistic, feminist practices – to generate ideas and media that may have transformative potential.