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PPEH Faculty Working Group: Thom van Dooren, University of Sydney, Australia

  • Williams Hall 623 255 South 36th Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)

Faculty Working Group – Breakfast Meeting

Making Worlds with Crows: A Multispecies Ethics
Thom van Dooren, University of Sydney, Australia
Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies University of Sydney

Source: Courtesy of Thom van Dooren

Source: Courtesy of Thom van Dooren

Ubiquitous in their global presence, crows are now found almost everywhere that people are: from critically endangered island crows living in disappearing forests to abundant urban species finding new ways to exploit changing cities. In this way, crows offer a broad range of instructive sites for exploring the challenges and possibilities of multispecies life in the context of escalating processes of globalisation, urbanisation, climate change, and extinction. This talk offers an overview of a recently completed monograph that focuses on changing human/crow relationships in five key sites in an effort to develop approaches and practices for a situated, attentive, multispecies, ethics.


Thom van Dooren is Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2017-2021) in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, and founding co-editor of the journal Environmental Humanities (Duke University Press). His research and writing focuses on some of the many philosophical, ethical, cultural, and political issues that arise in the context of species extinctions and human entanglements with threatened species and places. He is the author of Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction (2014), Making Worlds With Crows: A Multispecies Ethics (2018), and co-editor of Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death, and Generations (2017), all published by Columbia University Press. www.thomvandooren.org