With/Out – ¿Borders? 2016 Conference

With/Out – ¿Borders? II:
Post-Oppression Imaginaries and Decolonized Futures

Let’s Remap the World!

Date: October 21 and 22, 2016

Location: Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Kalamazoo College
205 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49006

This was a CONFERENCE – [UN]CONFERENCE featuring modules that included panel discussions, breakout sessions, and performances designed to prompt us to collectively conjure, theorize, decolonize, and map a future we can all thrive in.

Conference Videos

Afrofuturism Plenary
Friday, October 21, 9:45 am -11:15am

Decolonized Knowledge Plenary
Friday, October 21, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Naomi Klein Keynote Speech
Friday, October 21, 7:00pm – 8:00pm 

Sustainable Futures Plenary
Saturday, October 22, 9:30pm – 11:00am

Next Systems Plenary
Saturday, October 22, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Confirmed Speakers and Facilitators

  • Naomi Klein
  • Adrienne Brown
  • Daniel Beaty
  • Christina Heatherton
  • Peter Bratsis
  • Sunni Patterson
  • Dara Cooper
  • Alice Kim
  • Stephanie Shonekan
  • Prudence Browne
  • Simon Akindess
  • Sean Estelle
  • Nicholas Estes
  • Alex Lubin
  • Shante Paradigm Smalls
  • Cynthia Young
  • Valorie Thomas
  • Shayna Plaut
  • Shreena Gandhi
  • Jaafar Aksikas
  • Erin Polley
  • Scott Kurashige
  • Amaha Selassi
  • Denise Miller
  • Kai M. Green
  • D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem
  • Jiba Anderson
  • Francisco Villegas
  • Xavier Morales
  • Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez
  • Rhonda Williams
  • Rebecca Alexander
  • Ali Abunimah
  • Mildred Williamson
  • Jax Lee Gardner
  • Jacob Corvidae
  • Tama Hamilton
  • Yolanda Vega
  • Sojn Boothroyd
  • Shea Howell
  • Tawana Petty
  • Shannon Sykes
  • Binney Girdler
  • Kali Akuno
  • Santiago Valles
  • Ntanya Lee
  • Matt Birkhold
  • Sholanna Lewis
  • Jonathan Romero
  • Karla Aguillar
  • Pat Fry
  • Anne Mitchell
  • Elizabeth Vega

Modules and Interventions

The modules will focus on the following interventions:

*Cultural and academic work informed by Afrofuturism, the visioning of post-oppression desires through fantasy, film, technology, and speculative fiction

*Radical teaching, campus activism, and education advocacy that upends colonial knowledge to create liberatory educational structures and paradigms

*Ideologies and technologies that move toward a renewable energy [r]evolution and sustainable future

*Global and local work creating next systems and deploying new economic possibilities and strategies

Community Cosponsors

People's Food Co-op logo
Eliminating Racism & Creating/Celebrating Equity (ERRACE) logo
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema logo
Kalamazoo Public Library logo
Western Michigan University Gender and Women's Studies logo
Douglass Community Association logo
Hispanic American Council logo
Case Western Reserve University Social Justice Institute logo
Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC) at the University of Chicago 20th anniversary logo
UIC Social Justice Initiative
ywca kalamazoo logo
Black arts and cultural center logo
Wesustain Western Michigan University logo
Festival Playhouse 2016-17 logo