Talk starts promptly at 4:00 p.m. Reception after the talk.
Abstract: In this talk, Laura Ogden presents a brief overview of multispecies research in Anthropology & Geography. Much of this research has sought to understand how being human is contingent upon relations with nonhuman beings. Nonhuman beings include biophysical entities, such as animals and plants, as well as the ways other entities, such as rocks and rivers, animate life's processes of emergence and change. This work builds from several related endeavors in philosophy and social theory that seek to reconsider the boundaries of nature and society and decenter the human in ethics and political life. Ogden illustrates these themes using her research in the Florida Everglades with alligator hunters and her current project in Chilean Tierra del Fuego on environmental change and conservation.
BIO: Anthropologist Laura Ogden is a prominent voice in developing methods and theories of conducting and writing multispecies ethnography. Her award-winning work examines the interactions of human and nonhuman species -- such as alligators, grasses, hunters, and ecologists in the Florida Everglades -- and how they influence landscapes, ecological futures, cultures, class and race.
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