SAVVY Contemporary and Archive Books warmly invite you to the pages of our new quartet in the SAVVY Books series. These publications reflect, expand, and document our research, discursive, performative, and curatorial projects. 

With the aim of thinking and practising epistemological multiplicity and complexity, these four books, fresh off the press, move between film as witness, archive, and political tool (How Does The World Breathe Now?), a homage to the African-American composer, musician, performer and activist Julius Eastman (We Have Delivered Ourselves From The Tonal), a critical inquiry on madness, sanitation, antipsychiatry and resistance (Ultrasanity), and a contemplation on the notions of hostipitality (Whose Land Have I Lit On Now).

Please join us for a communal reading and celebration of these newly released books in a quartet of daily online gatherings from 11.-14.03.2021 with participants of the projects and contributors to the book. 

SAVVY Books aims at promoting epistemological diversity, resonating with Boaventura de Sousa Santos’s claim that “Another Knowledge is Possible.” By acknowledging the limits and faults of academic disciplines and advocating for processes of unlearning, our effort is thus to create a platform which encourages extra-disciplinary knowledges – and promotes the thinking and writing of authors, artists, philosophers, scientists, and activists whose practices challenge Western epistemologies: looking towards epistemic systems from Africa and the African diaspora, Asia-Pacific, the Middle-East and Latin America. 

The series brings together SAVVY Contemporary and Archive Books in a collaboration based on the shared interest in a multiplicity of knowledges beyond the Western canon and a commitment to foster critical discussions and forge new collaborations and coalitions. We like to think of the books in this series as “borderlands,” to use an expression by Chicana poet and feminist Gloria Anzaldúa, by which we mean spaces where “a new story to explain the world and our participation in it” can be elaborated and told; spaces where epistemological disobedience (Walter Mignolo) and divergent thinking can be practiced.


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