The Post-Human Animal

Webinar on Post-Humanism and Nonhuman Animals
Coordination: Verónica Policarpo, ICS-ULisboa
 
 
 

Who is the Post-Human Animal?

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Maggie Stiefvater, Vitruvian Cat

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.

For more info e-mail us at:

info@humananimalstudies.net

 

 

What, where and when?

Three online sessions per year, every four months, beginning in January 2021: January, May, September.

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Members

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Verónica Policarpo

ICS-ULISBOA

Socióloga e investigadora no ICS-ULisboa, na área dos Human-Animal Studies. Desde Outubro de 2018, coordena o projeto “CLAN – Amizades entre crianças e animais: desafiando as fronteiras entre humanos e não humanos nas sociedades contemporâneas” (PTDC/SOC 28415/2017). É membro do grupo de investigação LIFE, e fundadora do grupo de leitura “Animal Wonder – Reading Group on Human-Animal Studies @ICS-ULisboa”.

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Mariska Jung

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. 

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Kristen Livera

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.