The Crisis of Belonging
In this session Gavin will expand on the “crisis of belonging”. Why do we feel separate from ourselves, from nature, and from the myriad beings that surround us at each moment? Despite our separation, we humans clearly feel something is amiss. Gavin will address why so many of us might feel dis-placed, up-rooted or un-rooted. He will suggest that this feeling of existential “orphanhood” has everything to do with how we are taught to treat the land as scenery and other-than-human kin as objects. The journey of kinship places us on a different trajectory: engaging a vibrant, living world through practices that help us relate well and become-with our fellow creaturely companions.
This course is part of Week 1 of the KINSHIP Online Course. In Week 1, we ask Why Kinship?
The purpose of these sessions are to frame our collective predicament(s) through the lens of relationship. How have our ways of relating created destruction? Where have we been separated from reality and from each other? Why does the “crisis of relationship” matter?
We will focus on the on the loss of belonging which sits at the core of many of the crises we face. We want to understand why belonging is integral to life, to the way we relate, and to how we flourish as human (and more-than human) beings. We will explore how kinship as a form of relationship and belonging is crucial during these times of unravelling.
KINSHIP: An Online Course
Gavin Van Horn #
Gavin is Executive Editor at the Center for Humans & Nature. His writing is an entangled in ongoing conversation between humans, our nonhuman kin, & the animate landscape. He is the co-editor, with Robin Wall Kimmerer & John Hausdoerffer, of the five-volume series, Kinship: Belonging in a World of Relations, & the author of The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds. Gavin currently resides in the ancestral lands of the Chumash people in San Luis Obispo, California.