Reading Group: Knowing Animals Reading Group

Monday, June 27, 2016 17:30 - 18:30

Chair: Dr Yamini Narayanan

Naisargi N. Dave 'Witness: Humans, Animals and the Politics of Becoming'

This month Yamini Narayanan will be chairing the Human Rights and Animal Ethics Reading Group - discussing Naisargi N. Dave's article: 'Witness: Humans, Animals and the Politics of Becoming'. The article is available online.


"A prominent animal rights activist in New Delhi, explaining her relentlessness on behalf of animals, said to me the following: "I only wish there were a slaughterhouse next door. To witness that violence, to hear those screams... I would never be able to rest." She was not alone among animal welfare activists in India in linking the witnessing of violence against an animal to the creation of a profound bond that demanded from her a life of responsibility." This article argues that this moment of witnessing constitutes an intimate event in tethering human to nonhuman, expanding ordinary understandings of the self and its possible social relations, potentially blowing the conceit of humanity apart.


Please direct any enquiries to Dr Lynn Mowson Research Assistant | Human Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network


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