“It is time for us to move beyond confining parameters of what qualifies as knowledge. When we refuse to consider the value of knowledge that is rooted in the body, in the psyche, in paralogical experience, we fail to challenge colonialist, post-Renaissance, Euro-Western conceptions of reality. We need to move beyond the facile dichotomy of “essentialism” and “constructionism” to embrace other theoretical paradigms inclusive of embodied and in-spirited knowledge.”
Hello Friends! I will be doing the 3rd (and final) meditation workshop this Friday night for Coastline Community College Art Gallery. Learn to meditate in an art gallery! And It's Free! On Friday Nov. 14th from 7pm to 8pm Come learn to meditate in Coastline's beautiful new space. We will cover the benefits of a meditation practice, how to get started, resources and will finish with a period of silent meditation. Hope to see you there and please tell your stressed out friends!
Analouise Keating who is a big influence on the direction of my work has announced a new book series that she will edit. This new book series, focused on post-oppositional transformation: NEW VISIONS in Womanism, Feminism, & Indigeneity, will be accepting book-length manuscripts or book proposals. Looking forward to this series!
This past week I had the privilege of Presenting at the Diversity IN Leadership Conference held at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, CA. My presentation was titled Conflict Coaching in the Workplace: Shifting Culture Bound Conflict Through Narrative Mediation. The purpose of the conference was to provide an educational experience on the benefits of diversity and inclusion in leadership, while offering the latest tools for practical implementation. It was a great conference and I look forward to next year. Some pictures from my presentation follow:
With Dr. Helen Easterling Williams. Dean of Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education & Psychology.
A Sequential Analysis of Externalizing in NarrativeTherapy with Children:
Externalizing, or separating the person from his/her problem-saturated story, is a central approach in narrative therapy. Michael White, one of the therapy’s founders, lately revised his map of the externalizing process in therapy according to Vygotskian theory. In this study we sought to determine whether White’s proposed process was evident in therapy sessions. Sequential analysis indicated that therapists scaffolded children’sresponses according to White’s map, and therapists’ and children’s utterances tended toadvance across the levels of the map over the course of a session, indicating that White’s model of narrative therapy matched the therapy’s empirical process.
"What’s your story? It's all in the telling. Stories are compasses and architecture; we navigate by them, we build our sanctuaries and our prisons out of them, and to be without a story is to be lost in the vastness of a world that spreads in all directions like arctic tundra or sea ice. To love someone is to put yourself in their place, we say, which is to put yourself in their story, or figure out how to tell yourself their story." - Rebecca Solnit
“While we do not presume a simplistic causal relationship between anthropocentrism and the myriad crises impacting our planet, we believe that its narrow humanism and restrictive definitions of the human have played significant roles in shaping these crises. We need new definitions of the human, new subjectivities, and new epistemologies. In short, we need new worldviews. Rosi Braidotti makes a similar point: “[W]e need to devise new social, ethical, and discursive schemes of subject formation to match the profound transformations we are undergoing. That means we need to learn to think differently about ourselves[,] … . to think critically and creatively about who and what we are actually becoming.”3 Like Braidotti, we call for the development of “alternative schemes of thought, knowledge, and self-representation." And so, in this article, we explore the possibilities of shifting from anthropocentrism into less centralized, more expansive and interconnected worldviews in which the human is neither exceptionalized nor excluded.”
Decentring the Human? Towards a Post-Anthropocentric Standpoint Theory AnaLouise Keating, Kimberly C. Merenda*
“I am a wind-swayed bridge, a crossroads inhabited by whirlwinds. Gloria, the facilitator, Gloria, the mediator, straddling the walls between abysses. “Your allegiance is to La Raza, the Chicano movement,” say the members of my race. “Your allegiance is to the Third World,” say my Black and Asian friends. “Your allegiance is to your gender, to women,” say the feminists. Then there’s my allegiance to the Gay movement, to the socialist revolution, to the New Age, to magic and the occult. And there’s my affinity to literature, to the world of the artist. What am I? A third world lesbian feminist with Marxist and mystic leanings. They would chop me up into little fragments and tag each piece with a label.”
"The range of the human mind, the scale and depth of the metaphors the mind is capable of manufacturing as it grapples with the universe, stand in stunning contrast to the belief that there is only one reality, which is man's, or worse, that only one culture among the many on earth possesses the truth. To allow mystery, which is to say to yourself, "There could be more, there could be things we don't understand," is not to damn knowledge. It is to take a wider view. It is to permit yourself an extraordinary freedom: someone else does not have to be wrong in order that you may be right." - Barry López
So I wrote a little book review a while back. The book is Together by Richard Sennett. Sennett does great work showing how society is de-skilling people in practicing cooperation. No matter what side you are on in the "ice bucket challenge" I think you will find this book important. Please take a look.
A quote: "Increasingly our national communication style can best be described by what Richard Sennett calls "f*ck you, f*ck you." More here
So I'm firing this blog back up because I'm bored with Facebook and I want to write some more, look some more, think out loud some more, share some more, and stare at my navel some more. Come along. :)
I used to think the power of words was inexhaustible, That how we said the world was how it was, and how it would be. I used to imagine that word-sway and word-thunder Would silence the Silence and all that, That worlds were the Word, That language could lead us inexplicably to grace, As though it were geographical. I used to think these things when I was young. I still do. - Charles Wright from Body and Soul
The inevitable backlash against the "story-teller" movement is here. In this vid designer Stefan Sagmeister, creator of the firm Sagmeister & Walsh, talks about the transformation of the term storyteller in to a meaningless buzzword. “Story-teller” has been swept in to the lexicon of trendy art-speak, which bears many similarities to corporate jargon, in that it is a way to say something that sounds good without having to think too critically about it. (via Carolina A. Miranda) Some swearing. You are warned.
"The first text that really got me thinking about this deeply was Chela Sandoval’s Methodology of the Oppressed. When I thought deeply about her use of the term “oppositional politics,” I saw her as trying to say that, beyond the “point-counterpoint” binary of typical, Western-style politics (which focus on us-them, right-left, in-out, ally-enemy, etc.), there was this group of outsiders whose speech, thinking, and action were outside the binary altogether — whether culturally or for other reasons."
“Latour draws no distinction between blind practical manipulation and privileged theoretical awareness. For Latour, we have nothing but our dealing with networks of objects; some may be nobler and others more base, but all are on the same ontological footing…If philosophy is to make any progress in the decades to come, it is vital that we consistently oppose Heidegger and side with Latour: against the ontological/ontic distinction, against the theory/practice distinction, against the blanket contempt for mass produced objects, against the idea that knowledge means transcendence of the world, against nothingness, and in favor of endless curiosity about all manner of specific beings.”
Graham Harman - Prince of Networks: Bruno Latour and Metaphysics