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Book chapter
Medicine on Russian-Language Social Media

Karpova Y., Vasilyev P.

In bk.: The Rowman & Littlefield Handbook of Bioethics. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2022. Ch. 30. P. 350-360.

Working paper
Language and Cultural Contacts in the Russian-Nordic Borderlands: Change and Continuity

Vlakhov A., Deresh A., Mironova E. et al.

Linguistics. WP BRP. НИУ ВШЭ, 2021. No. 108.

Multispecies Ethnography

2022/2023
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
6
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Type:
Mago-Lego
When:
3, 4 module

Instructor

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Animals are historical actors, but not historical subjects. They act in human history according to their own species-specific bio-social demands, quite impervious to human ideological demands and ethical standards. And this is why we should study them: the relationships people form with these stubbornly mute social actors often give us social scientists a surprising angle from which to study human worlds. In this class, we explore how historians and anthropologists have studied human relationships with all those non-human others who comprise our lives: the mammals, insects, fish, fungi, microbes that form our human families, bodies, diets, social histories and commodity chains. We will examine the diverse ways these non-humans have been made part of our economic and political worlds as workers, symbols and soldiers. Attention to the non-human requires a delicate theoretical framework. It requires looking past such dualities as subject and object, nature and culture – without simply collapsing them entirely to say that between humans and animals there is no significant difference. By studying how scholars have tackled this uneasy problematic in their ethnographic studies of other species, this class will grapple with the strange fact that “human nature,” as Anna Tsing puts is, “is an interspecies relationship.”