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unsettling activism

with Camille Barton

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Camille Barton is an artist, researcher and the director of the Collective Liberation Project (CLP). CLP designs educational experiences to help people understand oppression, and how it relates to their lived experience, so they can stop behaving in ways that reproduce oppression, such as racism and sexism. This work is inspired by Camille’s ongoing research into somatics and social justice: exploring how trauma from oppression is rooted in the body and how it can be healed with movement and mindfulness.

Embodied Activism is an introduction to a body based, or somatic social justice, approach to activism and social change. In the Western context, most activism is quite disembodied and concerned with disseminating information. In contrast, many movement based practices do not engage with politics. In our current times, there is a vital need to merge these areas and bring our bodies into activism, in order to create sustainable and holistic approaches to social change. Our bodies are politicised and unless we engage with the ways that systems of domination and oppression affect our bodies, and are reproduced through them, we cannot take agency in creating new cultures based on collective liberation. 

In this day long workshop, participants will explore their relationship to power and privilege, embodiment and social change. The workshop is interactive, comprised of a variety of group exercises, active listening sessions and body based practices. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of embodied activism, how it relates to their lived experience and how to apply it in their work.

*Participants should wear comfortable clothes they can move in, bring a water bottle and notebook.