Breath is a powerful material and spiritual force, a point not only of harm but also recovery. It can show us how Black people experience multiple convergences of racial violence, health and environmental hazards, socioeconomic precarity, and disaster through time and space.
The African Critical Inquiry Program aims to continue promoting critical interdisciplinary debate, nurturing young scholars and cross-institutional, cross-generational engagement, and linking public scholars based at universities, museums, and other cultural institutions in South Africa and beyond.
A common teaching analogy in paleoanthropology is that of the drunk looking for her keys in the light of a streetlamp. When a passerby asks if she dropped something, the drunk responds, “actually I dropped my keys on the other side of the road, but it is too dark for me to see over there.”