The CHR and the African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) is pleased to announce that the 2024 ACIP Workshop will be Multispecies Stories from a Southern City.
The project was proposed by organisers Shari Daya and Pippin Anderson, both in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science at University of Cape Town. It will take place in a series of gatherings across different sites in Cape Town, South Africa in 2023-2024.
Multispecies Stories from a Southern City
This series of three walking workshops and a final 1-day workshop explores multispecies relationships in the contemporary, diverse and layered African city of Cape Town. Bringing together scholars, activists and artists, the workshops take participants out into particular sites in the city where diverse lives abound, in order to explore the
range of stories that emerge when we listen to more-than-human voices in urban spaces. In so doing the events will challenge the nature-culture divide which continues to dominate both public and scientific discourses, and will help to swell the rising tide of theoretical, cultural, and imaginative work seeking to re-frame our understanding of the
lively world. The events are resolutely interdisciplinary, crossing both academic disciplinary boundaries and the accepted borders between science, art, and politics. They are also definitively embodied, emplaced, and mobile – insisting in their format that ideas are grounded in places and bodies, and that walking and thinking are closely
related. Finally, the events are fundamentally relational, foregrounding the shared, reciprocal and inter-dependent lives of humans and nonhumans.