November 11, 2020

Breathing through the noise: The illustration and practice of Critical race theory

Motlatsi Khosi

We are saturated by theory. Our surroundings (i.e buildings, social practice, norms, etc) are based on the ideas of men and only recently acknowledged, the contributions of people of colour and woman and queer communities. Change happens when a new theory are called to be made the ‘new norm’ because those who call for such refuse to be relegated to the margins of society and social imaginations. Using the works of bell Hooks and Paolo freer I examine how pedagogies can be used to challenge dominate narratives whose learning process themselves are conducive to the internalization of liberatory theories. My work seeks to understand this process of change and how such new ideas work to break through the noise of established imaginations. Using the language of meditation practice I situate such work of ‘breaking through’ the everyday noise of theoretical norms as a form of mindful meditation, where through a breath, both a collective  process act and internal act, are able to work their activism. Using illustrations, I made I am to make sense of this process of how we can internalise theory and then transform it into a collective process that would eventually result in a movement of change.

Make Everyday Noise a Mindfulness Practice


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Motlatsi Khosi

About Motlatsi Khosi

Motlatsi is currently working as a lecturer at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in the Department of Philosophy, Practical and systematic theology. She lectures in African Philosophy and Western philosophy and has also taught the religion and gender module at the University’s Institute of Gender studies. Her major research focus is on South African social movements and critical race theories.  She is also the co-founder and facilitator for the Decolonial reading Salon. This event aims to introduce participants to Decolonial theories whilst also attempting to put those ideas as part of its teaching/learning practice. Her current research aims to look at Black Aesthetics as an analytical framework to understanding black lives within a context of struggle.  She is currently doing her MA through the Rhodes university philosophy department.