The deep histories fragile memories research group and the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography, Art and Visual Culture are pleased to invite writer Syaman Rapongan of the Pacific island of Pongso no Tao to lead a collective reading of interspecies stories from his novel Eyes of the Sky.
As an Indigenous writer-fisherman and in resistance to Taiwanese settler colonial operations, he explores ways fish teach Tao islanders to survive and share an oceanic environment. Doctoral researcher Joeri Verbesselt, neighbour to Rapongan during his stay on the island and reader of his work, has learned from the author the limits and possibilities of conducting research as an outsider. This seminar introduces a Belgian audience to Rapongan’s ocean world and takes the time to reflect on our position as researchers in current decolonial debates.
The seminar is an invitation-only closed event. Please contact Joeri if you have interest to attend.