Society, Politics, Animals and Materiality (SPAM)
What is the relationship between capitalism, colonialism and animal life? How do we study the non-human? What unique ethical and political challenges do non-humans pose, especially in this time of escalating ecological crises?
Our working group digs into questions pertaining to animal life, the political ecologies in which animal lives are situated, and the potential for fields such as animal studies and post-humanism to challenge current research frameworks in studies that are devoted to human cultural politics. This includes recent work by scholars from post-colonial and critical race studies that urge a re-thinking of the academy’s orientation around the human, which is itself a category marked by the violence of European modernity’s global hegemony.
As such, we draw on scholars from across the university in fields not limited to feminist studies, queer theory, critical race studies, human geography, literature, cultural studies, post-colonialism, Indigenous thought, and political economy – as well as artistic production.
Rosemary-Claire Collard, PhD. Assistant Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment
Jesse Arseneault, PhD. Assistant professor, Department of English
- Stephanie Eccles, MSc student in geography at Concordia
- Rebekah Glendinning, undergraduate honours student in geography at Concordia
- Juawana Grant, PhD student in communications at Concordia
- Constance Lafontaine, PhD candidate in communications at Concordia
- pk langshaw, professor and chair of design and computation arts at Concordia
- Sylvain Lavoie, PhD candidate in humanities at Concordia
- Kathleen Vaughan, CURC in socially-engaged art and public pedagogies, and associate professor in art education at Concordia
October 2, 6-8pm: "Multispecied lifecourses and the duelling temporalities of 'bucket list' adventures"
- A talk by Constance Carrier-Lafontaine (member of SPAM). Room HH-1267
October 26, 5-7pm: "Animal Liberation Beyond Veganism: From social disobedience to civil disobedience"
- A talk by Christiane Bailey (visitor to SPAM). Room HH-1267
November 16, 3-4.30pm: Reading seminar
- With Claire Jean Kim (distinguished visitor to SPAM). Room HH-1269-3
November 16, 7-9pm: "Murder and Mattering in Harambe’s House"
- Public lecture by Claire Jean Kim (distinguished visitor). Room TBD