Erin Manning: “Me Lo Dijo Un Pajarito: Neurodiversity, Black Life and the University as We Know It”

The Social Justice Institute
Noted Scholars Series presents:

Dr. Erin Manning
University Research Chair in Relational Art and Philosophy, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University

“Me Lo Dijo Un Pajarito: Neurodiversity, Black Life and the University as We Know It

February 14, 12-1pm
Liu Institute for Global Issues
6476 NW Marine Dr, UBC


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Creating the conditions for neurodiversity and black life in the university is not about creating a space for difference, a space where difference sequesters itself. It is about attuning to the undercommon currents of creative dissonance and asymmetrical experience always already at work in, across and beyond the institution. It is about becoming attentive to the ways in which the production of knowledge in the register of the neurotypical has always been resisted and queered despite the fact that neurotypical forms of knowledge are rarely addressed or defined as such. Through an exploration of diagrams of power/knowledge in the context of the university, this paper moves with the urgency of undercommon modes of learning to ask how else learning can happen and what the stakes are in retaining the university as we know it as the paradigm for education.

Erin Manning is the director of the SenseLab (, a laboratory that explores the intersections between art practice and philosophy through the matrix of the sensing body in movement. Current art projects are focused around the concept of minor gestures in relation to colour and movement. Publications include Always More Than One: Individuation’s Dance (Duke UP, 2013), Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2009) and, with Brian Massumi, Thought in the Act: Passages in the Ecology of Experience (Minnesota UP, 2014) and The Minor Gesture (Duke UP, 2016).