The human-animal divide: contesting knowledge production and practices (SIEF2021 Annual Congress 15)
Organization: International Society for Ethnology and Folklore
Event: SIEF2021 Annual Congress 15
The Capitalocene (Haraway, 2016) shapes the relations of interdependence between human beings and other species and is greatly maintained by humanist Western-centered knowledge practices and politics that assume a universalistic “Gods trick” (Haraway 1988) over reality. Within this global regime, labor is more than just human, and globalization translates into Eurocentric networks of resources and intellectual capital. Within these recompositions and relocations of ecosystems, blasted landscapes (Tsing, 2015) translate into ecologies and economies violently collapsing into states of ruin and anxiety, but also of defiance of rules, as in the case of mushrooms growth in nuclear disaster zones (Tsing, 2015) and ticks prospering in areas of deforestation and climate change (Ostfeld, 2011; Pfeiffer, 2018).
Within lively capital (Haraway, 2008), nonhuman animals integrate the multispecies chain of factory farming, the pet industry, or veterinary health. But within biomedical practices, the engagement within human-nonhuman interactions have the potentiality for “thinking with care” (Puig de la Bellacasa, 2017) as a relational force that resists moralistic visions. And even within the precarious conditions of a dairy farm, there is a possibility for the construction of different knowledge that question the human-animal divide, by acknowledging non-human language in cows (Leonie, 2019).
Our speakers are encouraged to consider possibilities of thinking and living in a multispecies world that defies dominant capitalist culture. Which relations and practices may be considered? Which knowledge production politics should be contested? How can we decolonize politics and science? What ethics are possible within a more-than-human living?
Cfp is open until 26th November
Apply here: https://nomadit.co.uk/conference/sief2021/p/9682
José Bernardo Pedroso Couto Soares (University of Amsterdam)
Ritti Soncco (University of Edinburgh)
Cormac Cleary (University of Edinburgh)