Черкаева Ксения Андреевна
- The purpose of this class is to give students an introduction to the field of "multispecies ethnography," along with the conceptual tools to critically analyze it. To this end, the class situates the academic interest in non-human subjecthood within a broader post-WWII emergence of non-human juridical subjecthood (animal rights) and the changing social status of animals in industrial states.
- able to undestand animals as subjects and objects of language
- Be able to analyze animals' roles in pastoral, agrarian, and large-scale state societies.
- Be able to analyze the recent history of non-human juridical sujecthood
- Be able to analyze how non-human subjectivity slips rational understading
- Political economies of life and death
- Animals beyond the rational
- Politics of the post-human
- Final paperyour final paper should be 8-10 pages (double-spaced, times new roman, 1 inch margins) and there are two options for writing it. Whichever option you choose, we will have the ability to discuss your final projects in class, four weeks before they are due.
- Class participationYour participation grade is reliant heavily (but not exclusively!) on reading response essays. Class readings are organized into four sections, one response essay is due per section. Response essays should be short (1 page, single space) summaries of one of the assigned texts. Critical analysis of the texts’s arguments is always welcome but is not required. Response essays are due in class on the day that the readings are discussed.
- Leading discussionEach student is responsible for leading seminar discussion of one text. This includes a short presentation on one or several of the assigned texts, with some thoughts on how it ties in with our other readings, and some questions to start off our discussion. This assignment is worth 20% of your grade. You are asked to sign up for the seminar you would like to lead in advance (by week 2 of the class).
- 2022/2023 4th module0.4 * Class participation + 0.2 * Leading discussion + 0.4 * Final paper
- Agamben, G. (1998). Homo Sacer : Sovereign Power and Bare Life. Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1519297
- Anthropology and myth : lectures, 1951-1982, Levi-Strauss, C., 1987
- Foucault, M. (1990). The History of Sexuality : An Introduction. New York: Vintage. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=733101
- Rethinking life and death : the collapse of our traditional ethics, Singer, P., 1995
- Tim Ingold. (2011). Being Alive : Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description. Routledge.
- Tsing, A. L. (2015). The Mushroom at the End of the World : On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=980728
- Donna J. Haraway. (2016). Staying with the Trouble : Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Duke University Press Books.
- The Nuer : a description of the modes of livelihood and political institutions of a Nilotic people, Evans-Pritchard, E.E., 1969