4 April 2024, La Loge Brussels

Robin Vanbesien and Avery F. Gordon in conversation about Holding Rehearsals

The exhibition begins with the recognition that the practice of hearing is central to activist solidarity around the deadly Channel crossings. A talk about solidarity poetics and situated practices of place-making.


Avery F. Gordon was a Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara for thirty years and is currently Visiting Professor at Birkbeck School of Law University of London since 2015. In 2012, she was the Anna Maria Kellen Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and in 2020 she was awarded the Bode Pearson Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the American Studies Association. She is the author of The Hawthorn Archive: Letters from the Utopian Margins (2018); The Workhouse: The Breitenau Room (with Ines Schaber) (2015); Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination (1997/2008); Keeping Good Time: Reflections on Knowledge, Power and People (2004), Mapping Multiculturalism (with Christopher J. Newfield) (1997), Body Politics: Disease, Desire and the Family (with Michael Ryan) (1994) and close to one hundred articles and chapters. Her work focuses on radical thought and practice and she writes about captivity, enslavement, war and other forms of dispossession and how to eliminate them. She serves on the Editorial Committee of the journal Race & Class as well as several other advisory boards and was the co-host of No Alibis, a weekly public affairs radio program on KCSB 91.9 FM Santa Barbara from 1997 to 2023. She is an active member of the Hawthorn Archive and was its keeper for many years.

Practical information

  • 4 April 2024, 18:30
  • Language : English
  • Free access, reservation recommended: info@la-loge.be