The Post-Human Animal
Who is the Post-Human Animal?
We don’t know yet! We have just begun becoming with each other, as we move fluidly through authors, texts, readings and spoken words. We first met each other, against all odds, during the pandemic summer of 2020, at Rosie Braidotti’s Summer School on Post-Human Knowledge. As the world had gone digital, we sat daily, for several hours in a row, to passionately discuss the possibilities and emergence of different ways of knowing, and being in, the world, beyond human centeredness and exceptionalism.
As birds of a feather, we soon flocked together, and this was how the idea of putting together a reading group on post-humanism and nonhuman animals was born. We then settled around the idea of a webinar where we can meet online every 4 months, to discuss important works in post-humanist scholarly literature that address “the animal question”.
We are researchers, educators, students, artists, practitioners… We come from different disciplinary backgrounds, different countries and continents. From this collaborative movement and through our encounters, we expect to better understand the contingent and ever-changing multispecies entanglements that characterize our common life-worlds.
If the question of dwelling in a more egalitarian multispecies world triggers you… and if you are comfortable with not knowing, but instead constantly seek to be surprised… you will find here a space of intellectual freedom, debate and mutual respect, to imagine a more liveable world to all species.
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What, where and when?
Three online sessions per year, every four months, beginning in January 2021: January, May, September.
sociologist and researcher at ICS-ULisboa, in the field of Human-Animal Studies. Since October 2018 she coordinates the project “CLAN - Children-Animals’ Friendships: challenging boundaries between humans and non-humans in contemporary societies" (PTDC/SOC 28415/2017). She is a member of the LIFE Research Group, and the coordinator of "Animal Wonder - Reading Group on Human-Animal Studies @ICS-ULisboa".
PhD candidate at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)
Mariska Jung (she/her) is a PhD candidate at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium). She is based at the Department for Political Sciences and affiliated to RHEA, the university’s research centre on gender, diversity and intersectionality. Additionally, she is a member of the Race-Religion Constellation research hub at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Jung studies contemporary racism in Europe and theorizes the dynamics between race, religion and animal(s/ity). Prior to her PhD, Jung worked as a researcher with anti-discrimination NGOs in Belgium and the Netherlands. She graduated cum laude from the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) with two bachelors in Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, and obtained a master in Migration and Development Studies also cum laude from SOAS University of London (UK), where she specialized in queer migration and asylum politics.
Universiteit Katholieke Leuven
Université de Liège
Kristen Livera is an Anthropologist who investigates the intersubjective experiences of interspecies entanglements that transversally connect beings in a network of meanings. She develops a multi-constructivist ethology to cultivate an attention towards the interdependent relations woven between species. Within these shared milieux, her research attends to the reconfigurations and rearticulations of human and animal bodies, of shared sociality amongst our non-human co-conspirators. She implements a paralinguistic approach to take head on how forms of resemiotisation are coevolutive, affective forces that coconstruct spaces of becoming.
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Institute for Education in the Arts
Karin Reisinger is FWF Hertha Firnberg fellow at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Institute for Education in the Arts, following a PhD in visual culture and fellowships at ArkDes and KTH Stockholm School of Architecture (postdoc) which allowed her to engage with unexpected human and non-human actors of the mining areas of Northern Sweden. Working at the intersection of architectures and cultural studies, feminisms, ecologies and materialisms, recent book chapters include ‘Radically Alive, a Disappearing Mining Town at Europe’s Margins’ in Architectures of Life and Death (2021), ‘Reflection about a Disappearing Mining Town in the Archive: Staying with its Non-Permanency’ in ArkDes Research Symposium and ‘Connective Oscillations: Architectures Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’ in More (both 2020). Karin co-organised the AHRA conference Architecture & Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies (2016) and co-edited the subsequent volumes Architecture and Culture 5(3) and field 7(1), both 2017.