P307
Places where and when species meet: human and non-human relationships in a new cultural and natural environment

Convenors:
Marjetka Golež Kaučič (Research Centre of Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts)
Suzana Marjanić (Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research )
Location:
Tower A, Piso 1, Room 103
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This panel will address the issue of the places and spaces in which human and non-human beings can meet as 'subjects' and in which a new ecocriticism of anthropocentrism develops and establishes new roles of non-human subjectivity in culture.

Long abstract:

This panel will address the issue of the places and spaces in which human and non-human beings can meet as 'subjects' and in which a new ecocriticism of anthropocentrism develops and establishes new roles of non-human subjectivity. Can this be found in folklore, material and social folk culture, and literature, or does it involve new cultural and social places recorded by anthropologists? The leading topics of this panel's theoretic discourse may range from human speciesism, through love towards another, and even to 'I am an animal, therefore I am' as a Derridian provocation and transformation of Descartes' 'I think, therefore I am.' The panel should thus use a multidisciplinary approach to determine whether folklore researchers, ethnologists, anthropologists, and others require new theoretical foundations (e.g. animal anthropology, anthrozoology, zoofolklore, ecocriticism, and critical animal studies) to study the animal and human elements in culture, and new ethical and ecological guidelines to study the relationships between the human and other animals and the spaces they both shape. It is completely clear that in the face of the global ecocide it is high time that ethnology / folklore studies / anthropology assumed the instruments of critical animal studies in order to truly become engaged research fields.