Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 3:30pm
Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop
Free and open to the public
A multitude of exotic animals live within homes and jungly backyards of Florida. Flexible strategies for accumulating and selling valuable animals has helped countless Floridians adapt to sweeping changes in political and economic landscapes. Some kinds of valuable critters, like snakes, resist the conditions of their existence in human households. Other animals, some individual birds in particular, have become flexible persons in multispecies families. These animals are temporarily incorporated into the familial sphere, folded into relationships involving love and care, only to be abandoned amidst major life changes or sold on the open market as commodities. Pets are required to follow human rules, to fit within our way of life, even adopt our language and social norms. But, as multispecies families break down—with major life events like a divorce, a lost job, or a child headed away for college—animals often escape, giving rise to emergent ecological communities.
Eben Kirksey has published two books with Duke University Press—Freedom in Entangled Worlds (2012) and Emergent Ecologies (2015)—as well as one edited collection: The Multispecies Salon (2014). He was Princeton University’s 2015-2016 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor, where he was researching and writing a new book. Currently he is an Australian Research Council Fellow and the incoming Disciplinary Convener (Chair) of the Environmental Humanities program at UNSW Australia in Sydney.
Kirskey will also speak on Wednesday, January 25 as part of Culture and Materiality: A Roundtable on the Environmental Humanities, and a brownbag lunch on CRISPR and Everyday Life, 12-1pm, 389 Humphrey School.
Cosponsored by the Institute on the Environment and the Department of Anthropology. To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact the IAS (email@example.com 612-626-5054) at least two weeks prior to the event.