Making Sanctuary: A Posthumanist Micro-politics of Getting Lost in Fluid Times
The so-called Anthropocene is a period that troubles the hyper-centrality of the human figure. One way to respond to this time is to decenter the human as the rational, self-evident ground that anchors meaning and value in the universe. Recalling and reformulating words spoken to him by Yoruba priests while conducting his doctoral research many years ago – “In order to find our way, we must become lost – generously lost” – Bayo Akomolafe speaks about his concept of “making sanctuary” as world-building with/in the ruins of our presumptions of superiority, as a decolonial attempt to think seriously and playfully with the times, as an animist, counter-modern, Afro-diasporic-inspired attempt to stray away from the calculable algorithms of a politics of visibility and recognition. Drawing from insights and openings generated when he gathered 600 participant-researchers around the world to study “making sanctuary” with him in the latter months of 2020, Bayo Akomolafe conjures an age of fugitivity and calls for a weird politics in keeping with the awkwardness of our times.