Sensuous Knowledge — Advaya

Sensuous Knowledge

Course Website: | In order to transform social reality, we must transform what, why, and how we know. Sensuous Knowledge, a five-week online interactive and in-depth course with Minna Salami, you will shift perspectives holistically. Enriched by an alternative model of knowledge rooted in the dynamic landscape of black feminist thought, you will discover sensuous knowledge. Explore a new way of being in reality through sessions that interweave disciplines, temporalities and cultures, imbued with rituals, prompts, practices, paradigm-shifting tools, and conversation and exchange, towards collective healing and liberation. Inquire into crisis, awakening, connectedness with Minna Salami. The course runs from 31 July to 28 August, on Mondays, 6–8pm UK.

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Join this journey of Sensuous Knowledge in a course that illuminates nonconventional ideas and norms. Discover how to think about reality in feminist-empowered, non-fragmented and non-dualistic ways that are healing, elucidating and ultimately liberating.#

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About the course#

In order to transform social reality, we must transform what, why, and how we know.
The conventional and dominant approach to knowledge production that shapes the underlying thought patterns of our societies has made us confused and detached from reality. Subsequently, we are detached from each other, from the nonhuman natural world, as well as from our own inner experiences that we find ourselves in a state of systemic confusion and crisis, oppression and injustice. It’s more important than ever to continue to forefront this criticism and to explore new ways of being in the world.

In this interactive and in-depth course, we will transform and shift perspectives holistically. Enriched by an alternative model of knowledge rooted in the dynamic landscape of black feminist thought, we will discover sensuous knowledge.

We will learn feminist, alive and empowering ways of knowing that fosters clear-sightedness and embodied insight. There is no perfect knowledge, but deceptive and delusional knowledge will certain not heal our societies and our ecosystems. To change the world, we need to change our illusions.

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How you will learn#

Each module contributes to a journey to expand and empower your knowing mind, and toward eradicating the delusions and deceptions of europatriarchal knowledge through exciting feminist ways of seeing reality. Sensuous knowledge is present, alive knowledge, and the sessions will be playful, interweaving disciplines, temporalities and cultures.

The sessions will include rituals, prompts and practices, and there will be an introduction to a new paradigm shifting tool each week. Conversation and exchange lie at the heart of the course and there will be plenty of time for dialogue in each class.

This online course will be hosted on advaya’s new platform, on which you can chat with other participants, share comments and questions, discuss themes and ideas, to support learning beyond the official course modules.

About Minna Salami#

Minna Salami is a Nigerian, Finnish, and Swedish feminist author and social critic currently Programme Chair at The New Institute. Her research focuses on black feminist theory, contemporary African thought, and the politics of knowledge production.

Minna is the author of Can Feminism Be African? (forthcoming Harper Collins 2024) which explores key themes of African feminism; Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone (Bloomsbury 2020) which reimagines universal concepts through a black feminist framework, and The Power Book: What is it, Who Has it, and Why? The Politics of Provocation (Ivy Kids, 2019), a co-authored children’s book. She has written for the Guardian, Project Syndicate, Al Jazeera, and The Philosopher, among others, and is the founder of the multi-award-winning blog MsAfropolitan which has drawn over a million readers.

Minna frequently speaks at international platforms including TEDx, Oxford University, Yale University, Oxford Union, Cambridge Union, the European Parliament, and the Singularity University at NASA. Minna’s academic background is in Political Science and Gender Studies with a specialization in feminist theory from SOAS, University of London. She is a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader and sits on the council of The Royal Institute of Philosophy and the boards of The African Feminist Initiative at Pennsylvania State University, The Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of the Sahel, the Emerge network, and is an associate with Perspectiva. Her books are translated into multiple languages.

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