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Navigating a Multispecies World: A Graduate Conference on the Species Turn

Harvard Program on Science, Technology, and Society (STS), the Harvard Department of Anthropology, the MIT Department of Anthropology, the Harvard Political Ecology Working Group (PEWG), and the Harvard Divinity School.

Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 2:30 PM - Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:00 PM (PDT)

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Navigating a Multispecies World: A Graduate Student Conference on the Species Turn

 

Sponsored by the Harvard Program on Science, Technology, and Society (STS), the Harvard Department of Anthropology, the MIT Department of Anthropology, the Harvard Political Ecology Working Group (PEWG), and the Harvard Divinity School.

 

Questions about the event can be directed to multispeciesworld@gmail.com or directly to the organizing committee: Neal Akatsuka: 808-551-4784 Caroline DeVane: 773-710-1878 Mads Dahl Gjefsen: 857-756-0580

 

Harvard campus map: http://www.map.harvard.edu/

 

Book of abstracts: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zptu7we4jndfrza/ssiZ_T69UY

 

Thursday April 25

Room 1550, William James Hall, 33 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

 

14.00-14.30:  Arrival and registration

14.30-14.45:  Words of Welcome by organizers Neal Akatsuka (graduate student, Harvard Department of Anthropology), Caroline DeVane (graduate student, Harvard Divinity School) and Mads Dahl Gjefsen (graduate student, University of Oslo / Fellow in Harvard University's Program on Science, Technology & Society)

14.45-16.25:  Panel I: Re-Theorizing Human Subjectivity (Chair: Joe Vitti, graduate student, Harvard Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology)

Agnes Malinowska (University of Chicago): 

The Solipsism of Vulnerability: Questioning the Turn to Embodied Finitude in Interspecies Ethics

Filippo Bertoni (University of Amsterdam): 

Life Quarries, Life Queries: underground biological activity and the search for (an answer to) life

Andy Hahn (Oregon State University): 

"Botanical Thinking: Posthuman Possibilities in Goethe’s Plant Morphology and DeLanda’s Assemblage Theory"

Vincent Duhamel (Universite de Montreal): 

Knowing How to Flee and When to Hide – A Case for NonHuman Knowledge

Novina Goehlsdorf (Humboldt-Universität Berlin, visiting scholar, Harvard): 

From non-human to more-than-human: transforming concepts of autism

16.25-16.30:  Break

16.30-17.30:  Stefan Helmreich, Elting E. Morison Professor of Anthropology, MIT (Chair: Neal Akatsuka, graduate student, Harvard Department of Anthropology)

17.30-18.00:  Break

18.00-19.30:  Screening of "Project Nim" (Introduction: Caroline DeVane, graduate student, Harvard Divinity School)

 


 

Friday April 26

Bell Hall, Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

 

08.30-09.00:  Coffee

09.00-10.30:  Panel II: Protecting Animals: Modes and Representations (Chair: Michael G. Bennett, Associate Professor, Northeastern School of Law)

Katie Gillespie (University of Washington): 

The ‘global intimate,’ sexualized violence, and the gendered commodification of the animal body in Pacific Northwest dairy production

Ryan Noah Shapiro (MIT): 

“The most humane practice known to man”: Contesting animal protection in early Twentieth-Century American Vivisection Controversies

Les Beldo (University of Chicago): 

Anti-Whaling Activism and the Limits of Cetacean ‘Representation’

Ashley Elizabeth Drake (University of Chicago): 

Applying Individual-Centered Ethnography to the Study of Human-Animal Interaction in Zoos

10.30-10.45:  Break

10.45-12.15:  Panel III: Empathy and Association in a Multispecies World (Chair: Joanna Radin, Assistant Professor in the History of Medicine and of History, Yale School of Medicine)

Elan Abrell (CUNY Graduate Center): 

“The Possibility of Becoming a Dog”: Bringing Companion Animals from Zoë to Bios through Practices of Empathy in the No Kill Movement

Barnaby McLaughlin (University of Rhode Island): 

I Can Haz an Electric Cheezburger: Animals, Empathy, and the Internet

Maria Metzler (Harvard): 

Talking Animals on Trial: The Metaphysical Implications of Balaam’s Ass

Jakobina Arch (Harvard): 

Humanizing Whales: Religion and the Human-Other Boundary in Early Modern Japan

12.15-13.00:  Lunch

13.00-14.45:  Panel IV: Territorializing Animal-Human Relations (Chair: Allen T. Rutberg, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Tufts)

Marcus Owens (Harvard): 

Towards a Multi-Species City

Emily Wanderer (MIT): 

Biologies of Betrayal: The Care of the Pest, Judas Goats, and the Margins of Mexico

Connie L. Johnston (Clark University/Harvard University): 

Farm Animals' Welfare in the US and EU: Translating, Representing, and Creating Legibility

Amy Hanes (Brandeis): 

Inept Dads and Matriarchal Moms: Adoptive Patrimony and Value in Elephant Conservation in Cameroon

Barbara Canavan (Oregon State University): 

Migrating Birds: Biological Sentinels for Human Disease

14.45-15.00:  Break

15.00-16.00:  Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor & Professor of Linguistics, Emeritus, MIT (Chair: Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School)

16.00-16.30:  Summary reflections (Chair: Caroline DeVane, graduate student, Harvard Divinity School)

Panelists: Joe Vitti (Harvard), Irina Meketa (Boston University), Caterina Scaramelli (MIT)

16.30-17.30:  Reception

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Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 2:30 PM - Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:00 PM (PDT)


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