Cite as: ‘A Multiplicity of Holes: Marilía Librandi’, lecture presented at the workshop Intra/ Sections: Post-Anthropocentric Concepts of Multiplicity, ICI Berlin, 24 March 2022, video recording, mp4, 55:29 <>
24 Mar 2022

A Multiplicity of Holes

Marilía Librandi
This talk focuses on the material, artistic, narrative, and shamanic images of nets, ’redes‘, in Portuguese. Besides referring to fishing nets (’redes de pescar‘) and to the digital social networks, ‘redes‘, has received an interesting extension: it also refers to hammocks (called ’redes de dormir‘) since Pero Vaz de Caminha, in his 1500’s Letter of Discovery, translated the surprising technnology of the Tupinambá’s Indigenous hammocks (in Tupi, ’ini‘; in Aruak, ’hamaca‘) he saw in the coast of Brazil through an analogy with the fishing nets. From this tangle of nets, Marilia Librandi weaves this talk. Hammocks are an Amerindian artifact par excellence, found from the Antilles to South America. Fishing nets are an artifact of riverside communities that are being more and more attacked through the building of dams and mining activities empoisoning waters and people’s lives. From these two materials, fishing nets and hammocks, the idea is to explore a chain of free associations: from hammocks to shamanic dreams, from fishing nets to aquatic beings and ’acoustic baits‘ (Albert). Examples from literature, ethnographies, and the visual arts will help to think the net as a territory of activist, ecological and artistic interactions in relation to Amerindian and riverside cosmogonies.

Marilía Librandi is a writer and literary theorist; her work intersects Indigenous knowledge and Western literary theory. Holding a PhD in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature from the Universidade de São Paulo, she is currently affiliated with the Brazil Lab at Princeton University and collaborates with the Graduate Research Center “Diversitas. Humanities, Rights and Other Legitimacies” at the University of São Paulo. After teaching at the Southwest State University of Bahia, she taught Brazilian Literature at Stanford University from 2008 to 2018. Her publications include Writing by Ear. Clarice Lispector and the Aural Novel (University of Toronto Press, 2018), Maranhão-Manhattan. Ensaios de literatura brasileira (2009) and Transpoetic Exchange. Haroldo de Campos, Octavio Paz and Other Multiversal Dialogues (2020).


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Organized by

Jenny Haase
Kathrin Thiele
Part of the DFG research network ‘Dispositiv der Menge’ in cooperation with ICI Berlin, Universität Siegen, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, and Utrecht University

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Part of the Workshop

Intra/ Sections: Post-Anthropocentric Concepts of Multiplicity

The DFG-Network ‘Dispositiv der Menge’ (= crowd, mass, multitude) is based on the recognition that ‘the crowd’ has been constituted, classified, regulated, or dispersed throughout history in various, heterogenous, conflictual ways, which make it impossible to hold onto any understanding of the crowd as a clearly delimited and substantiated entity or to the forms in which it is represented as such. This workshop extends this approach by taking ‘the crowd’ itself as a multitude or multiplicity. It will address phenomena related to more fluctuating and in/determinate intra/sections of collectivities in order to transform the image of ‘the crowd’ from an in-divi-dual-ized One into a mani-fold multiplicity. Such a multiplicity in the singular plural is characterized by movement and motion, fragmentation and friction, ongoingness and inherent contestation. By focusing on this multiplicity, the workshop seeks to un-work a persistent conceptual anthropocentrism of the ways in which agentiality is conceptualized and imagined, instead searching for more dynamic relations with/in a variety of agencies (human, animal, plant, things, propositions) that can be seen as ‘intra-active’. Yet, while ‘the crowd’ will be approached from a critique of anthropomorphism, the turn towards ecological or relational co-existence cannot be a turn away from the violent asymmetrical relations of power and the continued flexibilization and hierarchical re- ordering of global social structures.

The workshop sounds out conceptual and phenomenal resonances between what in Western academic discourses has of late become known as ‘New Materialism’ (in its different strands) and the long tradition of (but also always newly emerging) indigenous and decolonial epistemologies. The idea is to look for ways to concretize the potential for intra/sections in-between posthuman(ist) and indigenous/decolonial thought-practices, hoping for a dialogue between more Western-oriented approaches — e.g., actor-network theory (Bruno Latour), the figures of the cyborg and companion species (Donna Haraway), vital materialism (Jane Bennett), un/limited ecologies (Vicky Kirby), or agential realism (Karen Barad) — and alternative indigenous cosmologies and ethical praxes such as ‘buen vivir/sumac kawsay’ (Alberto Acosta/Eduardo Gudynas), Amerindian perspectivalism (Eduardo Viveiros de Castro) or shape-shifting border/lands (Anzaldúa).

The workshop invites its participants to diffract heterogeneous ways of thinking and enacting multiplicity. Collecting insights from literary and cultural studies, natural sciences, sociology, non-western cosmologies, or religion, it hopes to produce a vision of how a post- anthropocentric perspective can enrich an understanding of ‘world’ as a plurivocal worlding process.


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Veronika von Wachter
Max Walther
Jobst Welge
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Organized by

Universität Siegen, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, and Utrecht University Organized by Jenny Haase and Kathrin Thiele as part of the DFG research network ‘Dispositiv der Menge’ in cooperation with ICI Berlin