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HumanNonHuman Collaborative, 2009-2011

This Collaborative has as its goal the sustained contemplation of the complex interconnections and imaginations of the human, animal and environment. The group will encourage interdisciplinary projects from scholars across a wide range of fields. Questions we will pursue include: How do particular kinds of nonhuman–human encounters in theory, philosophy, and daily life shape our understanding of relationships among human and nonhuman entities? How do categories of modern political and humanist thought impede the imagination of a positive biopolitics of life rather than a “politics of mastery and the negation of life?” What are the cultural and ideological stakes in attending to the place of the nonhuman in the world and in thought, and how did we arrive in a space where it seems essential to discuss such a subject? The question of human-nonhuman relationships extends far beyond purely theoretical concerns. Our collaborative recognizes the ecopolitical imperative to extend considerations regarding life beyond humanist concerns to the aggregate webs, systems, and bio-connections among all organisms, and will examine new scholarly and artistic approaches for articulating these connections.

Collaborative Events

Conveners: Bruce Braun (Geography, College of Liberal Arts), Dan Philippon (English, College of Liberal Arts), Stuart McLean (Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts), Hoon Song (Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts), Karen-Sue Taussig (Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts), Diane Willow (Art, College of Liberal Arts), Mark Anderson (Asian Languages and Literatures, College of Liberal Arts), Christine Marran (Asian Languages and Literatures, College of Liberal Arts), Tony Brown (English, College of Liberal Arts), Susan Craddock (Gender, Women and Sexuality, College of Liberal Arts), Vinay Gidwani (Geography, College of Liberal Arts), Arun Saldanha (Geography, College of Liberal Arts), Rob Wallace (Geography, College of Liberal Arts), Laura Musacchio (Landscape Architecture, College of Design), JB Shank (History, College of Liberal Arts), Mark Pedelty (School of Journalism, College of Liberal Arts), Michael Goldman (Sociology, College of Liberal Arts), Rachel Schurman (Sociology, College of Liberal Arts), Chris Russill (Writing Studies, College of Liberal Arts, )

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