This talk approaches the controversy over the killing of the gorilla Harambe in the Cincinnati Zoo in may 2016 as a unique window onto the making of animalness and blackness in the contemporary U.S. The construction of the "human" in relation to both the "animal" and the "black" is explored.
Claire Jean Kim is a Professor of Political Science and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. An in uential scholar in animal studies, her work is at the vanguard of theorizing the intersections of racialization, animality and nonhuman life. Her most recent book, Dangerous Crossings: Race, Species, and Nature in a Multicultural Age (Cambridge University Press, 2015), won the Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association’s Section on Race, Ethnicity and Politics.