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Reflections on Blackness and the Animal Question
Reflections on Blackness and the Animal Question
WhenTuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, 4 – 6 p.m.
Campus locationCommunications Building (CMU)
Campus room120
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsAmerican Ethnic Studies (Juan Guerra, jguerra@uw.edu), Comparative History of Ideas (María Elena García, meg71@uw.edu), French and Italian Studies (Rich Watts, rhwatts@uw.edu), Honors Program (Julie Villegas, villegas@uw.edu), Simpson Center
Target AudienceFaculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate students
Description

Drawing on recent debates about black lives and animal welfare both coincidentally on the rise in America, Boisseron investigates the relationship between race and the animal in the history and culture of the Americas and the black Atlantic. This conversation is part of the fast-growing interest in human-animal relationships across the humanities and social sciences, an academic trend commonly referred to as ‘the animal turn.’

Bénédicte Boisseron specializes in the fields of black diaspora studies, francophone studies, and animal studies. She is the author of Creole Renegades: Rhetoric of Betrayal and Guilt in the Caribbean Diaspora (UP of Florida, 2014), 2015 winner of the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award from the Caribbean Philosophical Association. Her most recent book, Afro-Dog: Blackness and the Animal Question (Columbia University Press, 2018), draws on recent debates about black life and animal rights to investigate the relationship between race and the animal in the history and culture of the Americas and the black Atlantic.

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