Sara C. Motta
Sara C. Motta is a proud Mestiza-salvaje of Colombia-Chibcha/Muisca, Eastern European Jewish and Celtic linages currently living, loving and resisting on the unceded lands of the Awabakal and Worimi peoples, NSW, so called Australia. She is mother, survivor of state and intimate violences, poet, political theorist, popular educator, curandera and priestess of the divine feminine, and Associate Professor at the University of Newcastle, NSW. Sara has worked for over two decades with raced and feminised communities in struggle resistances/re-existencias in, against and beyond heteronormative capitalist-coloniality in Europe, Latin America and Australia. She has co-created numerous projects of radical healing and community wellbeing in resistance to the colonial-patriarchal state and its juridical violent containments and published widely in academic and activist-community outlets. Her latest book (2018) Liminal Subjects: Weaving (Our) Liberation (Rowman and Littlefield) winner of the 2020 best Gender Theory and Feminist Book, International Studies Associate (ISA). She is currently writing her next book Motherwise: A Politics of the Wilds.
PROGRAMME: ONLINE TALK
THE PRE-RECORDED PRESENTATION WILL BE SHOWN DURING THE IN-PERSON CONFERENCE
La Mestiza Salvaje: Mestiza Consciousness as a path to Goddess Liberation
In this shamanic weaving of words, I will explore what it means to be multiple, to inhabit multiple lands and carry the responsibility of multiple lineages. As a salvaje mestizaje of Colombian Chibcha/Muisca, Eastern European Jewish and Celtic lineages dedicated to healing liberations and goddess living and loving, I walk in relation with my ancestors on a path that has at once been excruciatingly painful and exquisitely beautiful to find as Global Anzaldúa describes ‘our serpents’ tongues’ a voice, vision and visibility on our own terms. This is a way of becoming-being-knowing that is plural and braids together the feminine divine lineages of Rhiannon, the mystical traditions of Judaism and the sacred feminine teachings of the Andean Indigenous. It refuses the hierarchical binaries that have been used to separate us but also is clear on its responsibility to decolonise our practises and refuse the logics of patriarchy and capitalism and colonisation. What might it mean to breach the borders and bindings of essentialist identities? What might it mean to bring together in decolonising and feminist ways lineages of North and South? What does it mean to walk this with integrity in a time of increasing neo-fascist polarisation that (ab)uses in the name of freedom and sovereignty?
Website interview about Sara: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/sara-c-motta