Society for Cultural Anthropology
Oral Presentation Session
Abstract: Multispecies ethnography and the anthropology of ethics are contiguous, often converging fields of study. Both relatively new forms of re-considering fundamental tenets of anthropological thought, they offer new and radical perspectives into classical anthropological questions. From the very attempts to define 'Human', 'Animal' and 'Personhood', to the more concrete implications for everyday practices and relationships, notions of what is just and right have dominated understandings of interspecies relations.
The struggle to incorporate justice into humans' relationships with other living creatures is a dynamic one, constantly changing in various times and localities. Such efforts shed light on the multifaceted nature of multispecies entanglements, and the various and fluctuating roles other animals play in the human world – as objects and subjects, as kin and as food, as loved and as feared entities in our social worlds.
This panel aims to explore the intersection between multispecies relations, justice and change. It incorporates papers that deal with contemporary explorations into the concerns, desires and uncertainties that arise from our efforts to ethically connect with the other living beings in our world. These include explorations of multispecies inequalities, human and animal rights, activism, friendships and familial relations, and violence. We assemble scholars who show the range and diversity of these relations, and how they affect ways of being together in our 21st century world.