This essay considers the concept of the errand through its colonial ties, as a means of delivering forceful messages from an authority across time and space to other bodies. Troubling the colonial attachments to errand doing and errand making, the article turns to Harry Dodge’s video The Time-Eaters and Bhanu Kapil’s prose poetry collection Humanimal: A Project for Future Children to argue for a need to return to and redress the errand. Rather than allow it to remain affixed to colonial force, the errand might become a wild practice of dislodging enduring colonial forms of power.
Julietta Singh; Errands for the Wild. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 July 2018; 117 (3): 567–580. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-6942159
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