A Conversation with Professor Yin Paradies: An Indigenous perspective on modernity and crisis.
Yin Paradies

August 31, 2021, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University

Deakin University


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A Conversation with Professor Yin Paradies: An Indigenous perspective on modernity and crisis.

This presentation will begin by asking what is ‘crisis’ in a time of crisis? I will then explore modernity as perpetual crisis followed by a consideration of the existential crisis of modernity, before concluding with a discussion of a post-crisis ex-modernity. The conversation following aims to explore Western culture and (de-)colonisation as well as Indigenous worldviews, perspectives and philosophies on the crisis of modernity.

Professor Yin Paradies is Professor of Race Relations at Deakin University, where he conducts research on racism and anti-racism as well as teaching and researching Indigenous knowledges and decoloniality. Yin is a climate and ecological activist who is committed to understanding and interrupting the devastating impacts of modern societies. He seeks meaningful mutuality of becoming and embodied kinship with all life through transformed ways of knowing, being and doing that are grounded in wisdom, humility, respect and generosity. Yin is an Aboriginal-Asian-Anglo Australian of the Wakaya people from the Gulf of Carpentaria. He is an anarchist radical scholar who seeks to cultivate a closer connection to Country, and engage in an ethos of down-shifted collective sufficiency, voluntary simplicity, frugality, direct democracy and radical localisation.

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