Anti-Racism and Animals
Master Class with Syl Ko, organized by Eva Meijer
In their groundbreaking book Aphro-Ism, Aph and Syl Ko provide new theoretical frameworks for understanding interconnected oppressions in the context of race, feminism, and animality. They offer a critical reading of these concepts in contemporary culture, and conceptual ways of moving forward, expressive of Afrofuturism and black veganism. In this masterclass we will discuss theoretical interconnections between different forms of oppression, as well as the consequences of these for social justice movements and activists. MA and PhD students are invited to present their own research on these topics in short presentations. To participate, please send an abstract of around 300 words to email@example.com.
Syl Ko is an independent researcher based in Portland, Maine (US). She studied philosophy at San Francisco State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ko is one-half of the activist duo Aphro-ism and co-authored Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism and Black Veganism (2017). Her current research examines and rejects Wittgensteinian-inspired "forms of life" defenses of animal use, taking into account the racialization of the animal.