The last decade has seen an upsurge of important scholarship in the field of “animal studies.” Under this rubric, scholars with roots in philosophy, anthropology, literature, film, biology, feminist and queer theory, history, geography, and other fields are, in some ways, attempting to recover knowledge territory claimed by and for the natural sciences in the last several hundred years. Given the disciplinary roots of this multidisciplinary field, such scholarship characteristically aims essentially to “dehierarchalize” the relationships of “westerners” with their non-human others. While this move in one sense amplifies the scope of social science and humanities inquiry, it also tends to reinscribe familiar starting points. Not least, much animal studies work can tend to restrict its attention to beings that “live,” e.g. dogs, cattle, bears, mushrooms, microorganisms. This symposium brings together scholars within animal studies who focus on queer and critical race approaches with scholars working within longer-lived strands of study—indigenous approaches to knowing “nonhumans” focused on critiquing settler colonialism and its management of nonhuman others. Some of the scholars also consider human relations with beings classed in dominant frameworks as “nonliving.” Our hope is that their conversation, together with ample opportunity for audience responses and provocations, will generate fruitful intellectual cross-fertilizations.

Welcome and Introductions
Cory Hayden
Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Why the Animal? Framing Comments
Kim TallBear
UC Berkeley

Flush Sisters and Sire’s Milk: Traffic between Kin and Kine in Technologies for Reproduction
Scout Calvert
Wayne State University

Taking Indigenous Cosmologies Seriously
Noenoe Silva and Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller

Who Cuts the border? Race and the future of Animal Studies 
Zakiyyah Jackson
Erskine A. Peters Fellow, Africana Studies, UC Berkeley & University of Notre Dame

Animals and Animacy 
Mel Chen
UC Berkeley

Where:
Science, Technology and Society Center (STSC)
370 Dwinelle Hall
University of California, Berkeley CA

Organizers:
Scout Calvert (School of Library and Information Science, Wayne State University)
Mel Chen (Gender & Women’s Studies, UCB)
Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller (Political Science, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa)
Zakiyyah Jackson (Erskine A. Peters Fellow, Africana Studies, UC Berkeley & University of Notre Dame)

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