Hospicing Modernity

The book “Hospicing Modernity: Facing Humanity’s Wrongs and the Implications for Social Activism” was published in September 2021. If you are in Canada, you can purchase the book here (with proceedings going to our Indigenous partners in Brazil). Other options for purchase can be found here. You can also download a couple of sample chapters below.

We are organizing a series of 6 sessions in February and March 2022 for readings and Q&As with the author. The sessions are free of charge, but we encourage reciprocity commitments towards the Last Warning campaign and the Shinah House initiative, both Indigenous-led initiatives that seek to protect and restore the health and wellbeing of Indigenous communities and their territories.

Session schedule:

February 3, 8:30-10 am PSTPreface + Prep work [recording]
February 10, 8:30-10 am PSTChapters 1 & 2 [recording]
February 17, 8:30-10 am PSTChapters 3 & 4 [recording]
February 24, 8:30-10 am PSTChapters 5 & 6 [recording]
March 3, 8:30-10 am PSTChapters 7 & 8 [recording]
March 10, 8:30-10 am PSTChapters 9 & 10 [recording]
March 24, 8:30-10 am PSTextra session on pedagogy
March 31, 8:30-10 am PSTextra session on decolonization
If you are interested in peer-to-peer support and networking with other people using the ideas of the book in different contexts, please complete this survey..

“Beyond a mere critique of modernity, this is a book written for us as people who struggle with the everyday manifestations of modern power. Clear, creative, and cogent, the work offers cutting-edge philosophy at the same time that it furnishes usable guidance for how to cope with the coming perils of colonialism and capitalism. It’s a book for the future, yet written to meet us where we are at right now as individuals living with trauma and facing ethical dilemmas about what it means to take meaningful actions under conditions of complexity.”
— KYLE WHYTE, PhD, George Willis Pack Professor of Environment
and Sustainability at the University of Michigan

“Asking the question ‘What if racism, colonialism, and all other forms of toxic and contagious divisions are preventable social diseases?’, Hospicing Modernity invites its reader to dare and educate themselves by undergoing a process of self-unmaking. Drawing on and moving beyond traditions of radical pedagogy, such as those inspired by Paulo Freire, the author has created a powerful tool for uncovering, undoing, and recovering from the deadly ways in which modernity also lives and dies as humans experience it subjectively.”
— DENISE FERREIRA DA SILVA, PhD, professor at the University of British Columbia Social Justice Institute and author of Toward a Global Idea of Race and Unpayable Debt

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