Vanessa Andreotti

Educational studies Professor and researcher on Race, Inequalities and Global Change

My work focuses on the limits of a single modern/colonial imaginary of progress, development and human evolution and the adjacent possibilities of setting our horizons of hope beyond what we can imagine within modern institutions and ways of knowing and being (see https://artseverywhere.ca/2016/06/21/torpor-and-awakening/).

I work collaboratively with the « Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures » collective of artists, scholars, practitioners and social innovators (ttp://decolonialfutures.net). In this collective, we understand the global challenges we face today as symptoms of an underlying social-disease: a global modern/colonial imaginary in which being is reduced to knowing, profits take precedent over people, the earth is treated as a resource rather than a living relation, and the shiny promises of states, markets, and Western reason are subsidized by the disavowed harms of impoverishment, genocide, and environmental destruction. We engage in artistic, educational and cartographic experiments that open up possibilities for new intellectual and affective constellations and forms of existence through neuro-/onto-genesis. This work highlights the following practical questions:

  • How has our socialization within modernity-coloniality trapped us in experiences of language, knowledge, agency, autonomy, identity, criticality, art, sexuality, earth, time, space, and self… that restrict our horizons and what we consider to be possible/ desirable/intelligible/imaginable? [i.e. what restricts what is possible for us to sense, understand, articulate, desire and imagine?]
  • What can engender a stream of connections and a sense of care and commitment towards everything that overrides self-interest and insecurities and is not dependent on convictions, knowledge, identity or understanding?
  • How can we start to heal our individual and collective pain without guilt, paralysis, self-righteousness, entitlement, depoliticization, wound-attachment, transference, tantrums, re-wounding and drama?
  • How can we engage and be taught by different systems of knowledge and being, struggles and attempts to create alternatives, (a)cutely aware of their gifts, limitations, and contradictions, as well as our own (mis)interpretations, projections, and appropriations?
  • How can we tap the possibilities that are viable but unintelligible within dominant paradigms?[How to invite people to consider what is deemed “impossible”?]
  • What would dialogue, horizontality and solidarity look like beyond the imaginative boundaries of capitalism, socialism, anarchism, anthropocentric humanism and separability? [how have our dreams been tamed?]
  • How can we rigorously mobilize an “alternative way to engage with alternatives” ( walking/ dancing/ breathing/ stumbling differently together in a foggy road) without arrogance, righteousness, dogmatism and perfectionism?
  • How can we hospice a dying way of knowing/being and assist with the birth of something new, still fragile, undefined and potentially (but not necessarily) wiser with radical tenderness?

The EarthCARE network of eco-social learning initiatives seeks to integrate ecological, cognitive, affective, relational, and economic (EarthCARE) approaches to local and global justice. This framework is intended to push the boundaries of prevailing approaches to global change and related definitions of ‘prosperity’, ‘development’, ‘success’, and ‘sustainability’. The network was created as a response to enduring problematic patterns of engagement between the Global North and South (including the south in the north and the north in the south). These problems are related to the fact that very often solutions to global challenges are over-stated and supported by superficial analyses that usually disregard historical and systemic issues, dissenting perspectives, and power relations. When this happens (and it happens very often!) projects tend to promote simplistic understandings of global problems and solutions, paternalistic and tokenistic notions of inclusion and ethnocentric views of justice and change. The EarthCARE network supports the design of deep learning processes that can enable CARE-ful learners to think, relate and work together differently to alleviate the effects and transform root causes of unprecedented global challenges. (https://blogs.ubc.ca/earthcare/)


Mon travail se concentre sur les limites d’un seul imaginaire moderne / colonial visant le progrès, le développement, l’évolution humaine et observe les possibilités adjacentes d’introduire des horizons d’espoir au-delà de ce que nous pouvons imaginer dans les institutions et les modes de savoir modernes

(voir: https: // artseverywhere.ca/2016/06/21/torpor-and-awakening/).

Je travaille en collaboration avec le collectif d’artistes «Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures», composé d’universitaires, de praticiens et d’innovateurs sociaux (http: //decolonialfutures.net). Dans ce collectif, nous comprenons les défis mondiaux auxquels nous sommes confrontés aujourd’hui en tant que symptômes d’une maladie sociale sous-jacente: un imaginaire mondial moderne / colonial dans lequel l’être est réduit à connaître, une relation vivante et les promesses brillantes des États, des marchés et de la raison occidentale sont subventionnés par les méfaits désavoués de l’appauvrissement, du génocide et de la destruction de l’environnement.

Nous sommes engagés dans des expériences artistiques, éducatives et cartographiques qui ouvrent des possibilités de nouvelles constellations intellectuelles et affectives et de nouvelles formes d’existence par le biais de la neurogenèse et de la genèse.

 

Le réseau EarthCARE d’initiatives d’apprentissage éco-social cherche à intégrer les approches écologiques, cognitives, affectives, relationnelles et économiques (EarthCARE) à la justice locale et mondiale. Ce cadre vise à pousser les limites des approches en vigueur en matière de changement planétaire et des définitions connexes de la «prospérité», du «développement», du «succès» et de la «durabilité». Le réseau a été créé en réponse à des schémas d’engagement problématiques persistants entre le Nord et le Sud (y compris la partie sud dans les pays du nord et le nord dans les pays du sud). Ces problèmes sont liés au fait que très souvent, les solutions aux problématiques mondiales sont surestimées et appuyées par des analyses superficielles qui ignorent généralement les problèmes historiques et systémiques, les points de vue divergents et les relations de pouvoir. Lorsque cela se produit (et cela arrive très souvent!), les projets tendent à promouvoir une compréhension simpliste des problèmes et des solutions globales, des notions paternalistes et symboliques d’inclusion et des vues ethnocentriques de la justice et du changement. Le réseau EarthCARE prend en charge la conception de processus d’apprentissage approfondi qui peuvent permettre aux apprenants de CARE-ful de réfléchir, d’établir des relations et de travailler ensemble différemment pour atténuer les effets et transformer les causes profondes des défis mondiaux sans précédent. (https://blogs.ubc.ca/earthcare/)