Organized Panel Session
This panel explores how hunting (for animals, for food) and searching (for food, for companionship) become a poetics in the quest for meaning and identity across sentient beings. This panel addresses, through a range of approaches, questions of how beings relate through, and beyond, bodies. We are united by a desire to explicate social practices across the human-animal continuum. These practices can ground a different ethical attitude toward the world and other life forms.
Linda GALVANE considers Tsutsui Yasutaka’s “The Most Advanced Fertilizer” (1966). She examines how the rhetoric of interspecial coprophagia in speculative fiction communicates the limitations of narrating the aesthetics and ethics of the excremental.
Doug SLAYMAKER will focus on MATSUURA Rieko’s Kenshin (The Dogbody, 2007). This long novel of interspecies desire asks what does it mean for a human to desire to be an animal (here, a dog) in order to be more closely connected to one’s love object?
Keijirō SUGA will focus on two contemporary hunters, Hattori Bunsho and Senmatsu Shinya, to discuss what it means to hunt in contemporary Japan, and why one would do so. What does a human hunting for animals have to say about interspecies communication and community?
Christophe THOUNY starts by theorizing the work of Kon Wajirō to focus on the ways in which street observation as practiced by Fujimori Terunobu, Hayashi Joji, and others is a sort of hunting for the invisible lives of urban objects and animals, a playful urban practice that allows for renewed encounters with “accidental beauty.”