The Murmuration of Birds: An Anishinaabe Ontology of Mnidoo-Worlding

September 30, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Online Event

Emergent Futures CoLab (EFC) invites you to attend the second edition of its online talk series Talking Uncertainty with ‘The Murmuration of Birds’!

This event is co-presented by YCAR.

This discussion will feature Emergent Futures CoLab advisor Dr. Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning.

What does a bird actually see when it is part of a large flock? In a murmuration, a flock of starlings interweave intricate, cascading flight patterns around land, wind and other flock formations, without ever colliding. In our upcoming talk, Dr. Manning will elaborate on Ojibwe Anishinaabe ontology through what she terms mnidoo-worlding, which takes as its starting point the presumption of a life-world populated by human and other-than-human persons, “entities/bodies” or, rather, potencies. During these times of radical uncertainty, continuing threats of colonialism, racism, capitalism and climate genocide, Dr. Dolleen Manning will discuss what can we learn from wading into subtle mnidoo regions to collaboratively imagine new futures and formations (Manning 2017).

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Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning (PhD) is a member of Kettle and Stoney Point First Nation and is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar. She is a Queen’s National Scholar in Anishinaabe Language, Knowledge and Culture (ALKC), Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. Manning has wide-ranging interests in Anishinaabe ontology, critical theory, phenomenology and art, investigating questions of imaging practices, epistemological sovereignty, and the debilitating impact of settler colonial logics. Manning points to her early childhood grounding in her mother’s Anishinaabe cultural lessons as her primary philosophical influence and source of creativity.

All EFC’s talks are recorded and published on the EFC website 

Thanks to EFC’s partners: York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR), Centre for Imaginative Ethnography, Peripheral Visions Lab, and York U AMPD.

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