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Workshops & seminars

Radical Love as Technology

Friday, July 19, 2019
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Neema Githere


This event is free




Anna Waclawek


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.



Radical Love as Technology

According to the Islamic mystical tradition of Sufism, Radical Love manifests inwardly as tenderness, and outwardly as justice. This workshop explores the ways in which this radical love emerges as technology — a purposeful, solution-oriented application of care — and invites participants to theorize what love-technologies could pave the way for a sustainable, mutually-assistive future.

What does it look like for us to transform communities through a technology of love — love as a verb?

Neema Githere is a curator and digital theorist hailing from Nairobi, Kenya. Having dreamt herself into the world via the Internet from an early age, Neema's work draws from her own coming-of-age as a digital nomad and lies at the intersection of art, travel and social architecture. Her thesis research in African Studies at Yale University explored how Afropresentism--which she defines as “a genre fusing archival, documentary, and fine arts on and through new media”--could be used for the collective healing of African diasporic representation, and has been presented both at the 2018 Instagram Conference in London, and as a guest lecture at Tufts University. Neema currently works as Portal Curator at The Africa Center in Harlem, where she develops programming that connects African diaspora communities in New York with the world, live and full-body.

This event is part of Queering The Map: ON_SITE


4TH SPACE, at Concordia University is located on the ground floor level and is wheelchair accessible. There is one wheelchair accessible, gender-neutral bathroom on the third floor. To raise other accessibility requests or questions please contact 4TH SPACE.

We acknowledge that to be “on site” requires that we question our relationship to the past, present, and future of the site on which we gather - Tiohtiá:ke on the unceded lands of the Kanien'kehá: ka Nation. Tiohtiá:ke is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. If this is not your land, how did you get here? How did your ancestors get here? How does race, gender, sexuality, citizenship, ability, and class affect the ways in which we relate to, move through, and create space? While the exhibition and corresponding programming is free of charge, we will be encouraging and collecting donations for The Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal.

Although the act of queering space can point out the limitations of the ways in which the world around us is produced and normalized by and for certain bodies and not others, it is pertinent that we continuously reflect and act on the ways in which settler LGBTQI+ life is complicit in upholding ongoing colonial structures. As a pin on Queering The Map in Honolulu, Hawaii attests: “queer liberation must mean decolonization, and decolonization must mean queer liberation.”

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