This workshop aims to bring together researchers across the disciplinary boundaries of history, cultural studies, geography, anthropology and sociology to study the political role of animals, and specifically their mediating role within (interhuman) conflicts, solidarities and inequalities. Building on the animal turn within various disciplines, the workshop seeks to develop a “more-than-human” approach to politics and conflict, with an emphasis on animals’ use of space.
We are interested in deploying an interdisciplinary perspective to explore the significance of animals’ territoriality, mobilities and interactions with the built environment, considering spatial contexts and scales together that are often studied separately. Where animal geographies and histories have often focused on the nation-state and its orders, we aim to develop a multi-scalar approach to understand the political role of animals across domestic, urban, national and global scales. We are especially interested in the specific traits and behaviors of different species, including not only their territorial tendencies but also their destructive and constructive potential and their symbolic-aesthetic relations to humans.
Room B5.12 (anthropology common room), Roeterseilandcampus.