From October 7-9, Framer Framed will host the Amsterdam Assembly: Letting Go of Having to Speak All the Time, a gathering and thinking space for activists, artists, scholars, and other cultural practitioners to discuss various topics around decolonisation, pedagogy, racism, and the politics of archiving. The Amsterdam Assembly is presented by the Amsterdam team of the Worlding Public Cultures project: The Arts and Social Innovation.
How can we talk to each other to pass down intergenerational memories? How can we not repeat violent patterns in our ecosystems? Let us practice intellectual humility. Let us step aside, let us stop taking centre stage. Let us talk to each other and practice listening. We will sit and think together. We will write in commons, and pass on certain knowledge and wisdom. How do we start listening?
The Assembly employ an 'ethics of listening' as a useful mode to create a space for thinking together and establish conditions for interconnectedness between different locales. While this Assembly takes place in the Netherlands, we want it to be a site of reflection where activists, artists, and cultural practitioners in the Netherlands think about their struggles and positionalities in relation to the pressing matters in different contexts.
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The Amsterdam Assembly is organised by the University of Amsterdam, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and the Research Centre for Material Culture. It is realised with the support of Framer Framed.