Awakening to Elsewheres: A painting of a blue feather with a colourful sun, plants, waves and stars. By Rachel Mishenene, inspired by the Elsewheres research project.
AWAKENING TO ELSEWHERES
Research in this area emerged through collective dialogues about how physical activity systems are similarly but also differently exclusionary and welcoming, based on various (in)experiences of settler colonialism, anti-Black racism, classism, ableism, sanism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, fatphobia and other systems of oppression.
Using a collective autoethnographic approach, we demonstrate how our sporting and recreation systems are fundamentally “broken” because they are working exactly as they were initially intended: to naturalize the greater life (and sporting) chances (Spade, 2011) of certain people at the exclusion and expense of others. We then use this collective critique to demonstrate how we might use our experiences to imagine a new decolonial system: something else, somewhere else, altogether.