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 (founded in 2014) that meets monthly to discuss critical texts. Please contact Carolyn Fornoff (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
The reading calendar for Spring 2017 is as follows:
Friday, Jan 13 @ 3 PM; Grad Center (3615 Locust Walk), 2nd floor conference room: Ursula Heise’s Imagining Extinction
Friday, Feb 10 @ 3 PM; Grad Center, 2nd floor conference room: Elizabeth Povinelli’s Geontologies
Friday, March 17 @ 3 PM; Grad Center, 2nd floor conference room: Stacy Alaimo’s Exposed
Friday, April 7 @ 3 PM; Grad Center, 2nd floor conference room: Luce Irigaray & Michael Marder’s Through Vegetal Being