The ‘shadow’ as a concept is contingent upon its hierarchical, binary opposite, the ‘light’. One cannot exist without the other. The shadow as a metaphor represents all we cannot see, all we’d rather not acknowledge. Shadows cloak, loom, conceal; they stalk and threaten. Where does a shadow begin and end? And how does our positionality determine our perception?
This littoral listening session will stimulate exploration of the shadow as a theme, a metaphor, a liminal space and as people and place.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 3-4:30 PM (PT)
Meeting ID: 448 156 8135
CONVENED BY: Rebecca Ryall
READINGS (TO READ OUT LOUD AND LISTEN TO TOGETHER)
Gurridyula (Wanganjagalingou) (2022). “Gurridyula – onamission”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkHC_IZ-aGM
Atwood, M. (White, settler descended) (2010). “Nothing”. In Atwood, M. (2010) Eating Fire: selected poetry 1965-1995, p. 249. Virago Press.
Boochani, B. (Kurdish Iranian) (2023). “Manus Island Poem”. In Boochani, B., Tofighian, O. & Mansoubi, M. (eds.) Freedom, only freedom, p. 153. Bloomsbury Academic.
Boochani, B. (Kurdish Iranian) (2023). “The breath of death on Manus Island: Starvation and sickness”. In Boochani, B., Tofighian, O. & Mansoubi, M. (eds.) Freedom, only freedom, p. 109. Bloomsbury Academic.
ADDITIONAL READINGS (OPTIONAL – TO BE READ BEFORE GATHERING):
Plumwood, V. (white, settler descended) (2008). Shadow places and the politics of dwelling, Australian Humanities Review, 44(March 2008).
Wangan and Jagalingou people (n.d.). “Stop Adani destroying our land and culture”. https://wanganjagalingou.com.au/our-fight/
Nguyen, K.P. (unmarked) (2022). No Frontiers Media. “Celebrating One Year of the Waddananggu Aboriginal Culture Camp blocking Adani’s coal expansion”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm0GBHXJ_sM&t=3s&ab_channel=NoFrontiersMedia