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Artistic Quests for Dignity : Researching (Re-)Existence across the Black Atlantic

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Gruber, Valerie V. V.:
Artistic Quests for Dignity : Researching (Re-)Existence across the Black Atlantic.
Event: The ALARI Second Continental Conference on Afro-Latin American Studies , 07.-09. Dez. 2022 , Cambridge (Massachusetts), USA.
(Conference item: Conference , Speech )

Project information

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Moral Geographies of Re-Existence: Socio-cultural Practices and Visions of a Good Life in Afro-descendant Communities in Salvador da Bahia (Brazil) and Cartagena de Indias (Colombia)
EXC 2052/1 – 390713894

Project financing: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Abstract in another language

Exploring the art of living in unequal and racist societies across the Black Atlantic requires decolonial methods that go beyond logocentric approaches. Cultural expressions such as music, dance and poetry offer a chance for a co-production of knowledges that transcends epistemological, socio-spatial and racial boundaries. This paper revolves around the quest for a life in dignity and possible ways of transformation towards this horizon. It is based on the ongoing research project “Moral Geographies of (Re-)Existence” that brings together Afro-diasporic artists, academics and community actors to explore, discuss and exchange different answers to the empowering question of a life in dignity. Diverse actors from Brazil, Colombia, Mozambique and Germany engage in this collaborative approach to participatory research-creation. Working remotely under Covid-19 conditions, we produced six transdisciplinary video performances in this collective. Different types of knowledges emerge from a dialogue of music, dance, poetry and academic concepts, fulfilling the different needs and interests of the participants. The focus of this paper lies on diverse modes of (re-)existence that appear in the videos and map out struggles for a life in dignity. Multiple rhythms, movements and images envision an ethics and aesthetics of existence in the African diaspora. Combining academic research with artistic production not only unfolds conditions of racialized exploitation, but also helps discover possibilities of transformation and overcoming. Thus, connecting artists, researchers and community actors from Latin America, Africa and Europe through Afro-diasporic music and culture stimulates mutual learning processes and contributes to academic and racial justice.

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Item Type: Conference item (Speech)
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Social and Population Geography
Research Institutions > Collaborative Research Centers, Research Unit > EXC 2052 - Africa Multiple: Afrikastudien neu gestalten
Graduate Schools > BIGSAS
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
700 Arts and recreation > 700 Arts
900 History and geography
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2023 08:06
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2023 08:06