The Anthropocene and Animal Studies Reading Group brings together a variety of scholars from different disciplines that are interested in pushing back against the centrality of the human in the humanities. Expanding out toward the realm of the nonhuman, this group aims to bring objects of inquiry into focus that have often been relegated minor: organisms, things, animals, and assemblages. The readings that we discuss do not abandon the human altogether, but to the contrary, examine human embeddedness in the nonhuman world, and how human domination and manipulation of the environment overlaps with other forms of violence that are racial, gendered, and class-driven. We are interested in interrogating the ethical and philosophical implications of the turn to the cosmos, environment, species, and animals in literature, film, social science, and cultural practices.
We are a nascent cohort that meets monthly to discuss critical texts. We also frequently collaborate with the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (http://www.ppehlab.org/). Please contact Carolyn Fornoff (email@example.com) or Brooke Stanley (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.