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Zombie Politics and the Lives of Animals

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013

Zombie Politics and the Lives of Animals

Deborah Rose: Virtues are easily lost, the cynics tell us, but vices linger remorselessly. Indeed, vice-like habits can take on a life of their own and play significant social roles. Recent events have turned my thoughts toward habits of hatred, fear-mongering and persecution that are entrenched within the harsh histories of western nations. Persecution, vilification and harm are part of today’s public discourse and public policy. They have a long history, and are foundational to what the historian R. I. Moore political calls a ‘persecuting society’. Check out the rest of this blog post...

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Reflection on the Anthropocene

Posted by on Jul 13, 2013

Reflection on the Anthropocene

Thom van Dooren: I recently wrote a short reflective piece on the anthropocene, prompted by an encounter with an albatross. ____ “As we approached this beautiful Laysan albatross nesting on the north shore of the island of Kaua’i, he stood to greet us. He may have been proud of his best essay writer egg and wanting to show it to us, but it is perhaps more likely that he was familiar with the routine of human visitors and knew that if he didn’t stand someone would soon start fishing around underneath him to check his leg band and inspect his egg. Wanting to get it over and done with,...

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Why More-than-Human Participatory Research?

Posted by on May 15, 2013

Why More-than-Human Participatory Research?

Michelle Bastian: This is an excerpt from a post that originally appeared on the More-than-Human Participatory Research project blog, which explores the theory behind the project. Our aim is to bring participatory research paradigms into conversation with work on more-than-human communities. ____ Inspired by a variety of feminist epistemologies, as well as emancipatory movements from South America and Africa (e.g. Freire 1970 [PDF]), the central components of the co-production agenda have been the desire to support the inclusion of marginalised voices in the research process, to make...

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Part of the feast: The life and work of Val Plumwood

Posted by on May 7, 2013

Part of the feast: The life and work of Val Plumwood

A celebration of the life and legacy of Australian environmental philosopher Val Plumwood, who was almost killed by a saltwater crocodile in Kakadu National Park in 1985. ABC broadcaster Gregg Borschmann leads this conversation with anthropologist Deborah Bird Rose, editor Lorraine Shannon, curator George Main and crocodile expert Grahame Webb, talking about Plumwood’s work and how it helps us understand our — and the crocodile’s — place in the world. Recorded at the National Museum of Australia on 7 May 2013, in conjunction with the launch of ‘The Eye of the...

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The last snail: conservation and extinction in Hawai’i

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013

The last snail: conservation and extinction in Hawai’i

Thom van Dooren: As I stood in the presence of this individual, the last of a species, I was reminded of how incredibly ill equipped we are as a culture to make sense of the immensity of the loss that is extinction. I spent last Tuesday afternoon with Professor Mike Hadfield, a biologist at the University of Hawai’i. Mike is a man passionate about biology – about living things and their conservation, but also about research to better understand life itself: the complex entanglements and interactions that make reproduction and other fundamental developmental processes possible at...

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