Timothy Pachirat (The New School), “Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight”
- May 10, 12:00–2:00, Faculty-Graduate Student Workshop (Thomson 317)
- May 10, 5:00–7:00, Public Lecture (Room TBD)
Abstract: This talk brings to life the massive, routine killing of animals for human consumption from the perspective of those who take part in it. Drawing on more than five months of undercover employment as a liver hanger, cattle driver, and quality control worker on the kill floor of a Great Plains slaughterhouse where 2,500 cattle were killed per day, it explores not only the slaughter industry but also how, as a society, we facilitate violent labor and hide away that which we find too repugnant to contemplate.
Timothy Pachirat (Ph.D. Yale) works as an assistant professor in the Department of Politics at The New School for Social Research. His research and teaching interests include comparative politics, the politics of Southeast Asia, spatial and visual politics, the sociology of domination and resistance, the political economy of dirty and dangerous work, and interpretive and ethnographic research methods. Pachirat’s work has received awards from the American Political Science Association’s Section on Qualitative Methods and from the American Political Science Association’s Labor Project. He is author of Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight (Yale University Press, 2011), a political ethnography of immigrant labor on the kill floor of an industrialized slaughterhouse that explores how violence that is seen as both essential and repugnant to modern society is organized, disciplined, regulated, and reproduced. Pachirat grew up in northeastern and northern Thailand and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
This event is co-sponsored by Comparative History of Ideas, the Clowes Center for the Study of Conflict and Dialogue, the Diversity Research Institute, Geography, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Law, Societies and Justice.
Also, be sure to view the recent Op-Ed piece in the New York Times about Timothy Pachirat’s work!
Lesley A. Sharp (Barnard College and Columbia University), “Hybrid Bodies and Animal Science: Moral Thinking in Xenotransplant Research”
- March 9, 3:30pm, Savery 206
Abstract: In this lecture, Prof. Sharp will report on her more recent research among scientists who are actively working to develop techniques for “xenotransplantation,” i.e. transplanting into human beings organs taken from other species. Xenotransplantation has been envisioned, by some, as a means of addressing the “shortage” of available organs, while avoiding some of the more troubling aspects of human organ donation.
Lesley A. Sharp is a medical anthropologist on faculty at Barnard College (Department of Anthropology) and Columbia University (Department of Anthropology and Sociomedical Sciences), whose work is concerned with critical analyses of the symbolics of the human body. For the past two decades she has conducted ethnographic research on organ transplantation, procurement, and donation in the United States. This work has focused especially on medical ideologies, body commodification, and the transformative properties of organ transplants, specifically in reference to the social construction of the self. Her 2008 book, Strange Harvest: Organ Transplants, Denatured Bodies, and the Transformed Self was awarded the New Millenium Book Prize by the Society for Medical Anthropology, given every other year to the book “judged to be the most significant and potentially influential contribution to medical anthropology.” More about Lesley Sharp: https://anthropology.barnard.edu/profiles/lesley-sharp. More about Strange Harvest: http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520247864
This event is generously supported by the Program on Values in Society (in the Department of Philosophy) as part of the “Critical Medical Humanities” lecture series. For more info contact email@example.com
Eben Kirksey (CUNY Graduate Center): “Interspecies Love in an Age of Excess: Being and Becoming With a Common Ant, Ectatomma ruidum (Roger)”
- February 16, 2012, 2:00 PM, Communications 202
Eben Kirksey is a cultural anthropologist and science studies scholar at the CUNY Graduate Center who studies the political dimensions of imagination as well as the interplay of natural and cultural history. As a guest co-editor of Cultural Anthropology, Kirksey has assembled a collection of original research articles from the emerging field of multispecies ethnography. His first book, Freedom in Entangled Worlds, is about an indigenous political movement in West Papua, the half of New Guinea under Indonesian control.
In this talk, Eben explores the Ant, and the possibilities of empathizing with a species that is commonly thought of as inferior to the human.
This talk is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, the Simpson Center for the Humanities, and the Southeast Asia Center in the Jackson School of International Studies.
Catherine Hagan (Comparative Medicine, UW), “Compassion Fatigue: Working with Animals in Research and Other Settings”
- February 10, 12:00–2:00, Savery 408
Abstract: A critical aspect of animal welfare is taking care of the people who care for animals. This workshop will explore the issue of compassion fatigue and burnout in people working with animals. The primary context to be discussed is people working with animals in research. However, the discussion may touch on other settings, such as captive animals in zoos, or shelter work. This is not a discussion about whether or not it is appropriate for animals to be used in such circumstances. While a discussion of alternatives to animal use is important, this workshop is concerned with the urgency of minimizing animal suffering for those animals being used at this moment. Accordingly, we will focus on exploring ideas and strategies for supporting people whose jobs involve difficult and emotionally demanding aspects of animal care.
Catherine Hagan is an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Medicine at the University of Washington. She received a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, a D.V.M. from the University of California, Davis, and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Washington, Seattle. She completed a residency at UW in laboratory animal medicine and comparative pathology in 2008. She provides pathology support in the UW Veterinary Diagnostic Lab and her research explores stress, serotonin, and brain innate immunity.
Sara Van Fleet (JSIS), “For the Birds: A Gardener’s Journey into Domestic Cat Territory”
- January 25, 3:00–5:00, Savery 408
Abstract: Over the past decade, I have worked on my three-acre Vashon Island property to establish it as a vibrant wildlife sanctuary. The property is now home to 74 species of birds, 5 species of reptiles and amphibians, 9 species of dragonflies, and a host of other wild creatures. The property is now also part of the King County Rural Stewardship program and each year I lead wildlife gardening presentations and tours as part of the Audubon’s Enjoyment of Birds lecture series. My work with Audubon as well as with the Vashon Island Pet Protectors involves educating the public about the impact that free-roaming cats have on birds and wildlife and the importance of keeping domestic cats indoors. A recent editorial in the Vashon paper highlighting the natural beauty of the island mentioned a local resident who was astounded to learn that Vashon is home to a rare native flying squirrel. The resident learned about the flying squirrel after her cat killed it and dragged it inside. Her seeming indifference to this sad and unnecessary act by her cat prompted me to write a letter to the editor. My letter subsequently generated a flurry of responses over a three-week period, many in support, but some questioning the validity of my position. This incident has forced me to think about how I can be a better advocate for birds and wildlife (and cats too—as there’s overwhelming evidence that they generally live much longer and healthier lives inside). Why does it appear that many people, even when faced with significant evidence to the contrary, believe that cats belong outside and that birds and wildlife are somehow expendable—or at the very least, are collateral damage in our right to allow our pets to free range? How can we get our fellow humans to extend their love and concern for companion animals to include a wider range of animals?
Sara Van Fleet, Ph.D., is a cultural anthropologist, wildlife gardener and Audubon instructor. Her writing and presentations on wildlife gardening have appeared in Fine Gardening Magazine as well as King County TV’s Yard Talk.
- Wednesday, November 30th
Dr. Temple Grandin, designer of livestock handling facilities and professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, visited the University of Washington in Seattle on Wednesday, November 30th. We had two opportunities to engage with her and her work.
- Sponsored by the UW Health Sciences Administration and the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research, Dr.Grandin spoke about animal welfare in the Hogness Auditorium, A-420 Health Sciences Center, from 4:00–5:00pm, with Q&A and personal book signing from 5–5:45pm.
- The Animal Studies Working Group also had the opportunity to engage with Dr. Grandin at a workshop on 11/30. The workshop took place from 10:00am-12:00pm in Thomson 317. At the workshop, we discussed Grandin’s latest book on animals, Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals.
Josphat Ngonyo (Africa Network for Animal Welfare), “Celebrating Animals in Africa: Hope for the Future”
- November 15, 2011, 3:00–5:00, Green Room A, Allen Research Commons
Abstract: Come hear what dedicated conservationists and NGOs from within Africa are doing to address wildlife conservation and animal welfare challenges and find out how you can help or even volunteer your time and energy. Mr Josphat Ngonyo, the Founder and Executive Director of Africa Network for Animal Welfare, will be on campus to discuss these critical issues. He will share compelling stories about helping wildlife as well as his insights on animals in Africa and the interdependence of human and animal welfare.
This talk was sponsored by African Studies, The Clowes Center, Comparative History of Ideas, and Campus Animal Rights Educators.