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A Love That Lasts Beyond the Grave

Animals, Companionship, and Death in Muslim Societies

Itamar Toussia Cohen

humans and animals, this article invites more in-depth research to shed light on this under-researched field. A growing academic interest in animal studies, on the one hand, and the emergent field of histories of emotion, on the other, suggest that these

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Methods for Multispecies Anthropology

Thinking with Salmon Otoliths and Scales

Heather Anne Swanson

revised during a writing retreat funded by the Aarhus University Contemporary Ethnography program. Notes 1 This literature is diverse, ranging from work on indigenous knowledges ( Cruikshank 2005 ) to political ecology ( Goldman et al. 2010 ) to animal

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Killing animals by Animal Studies Group

STEVEN VAN WOLPUTTE

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Translocated Colonial Subjects in Collaboration

Animals and Human Knowledge

Pushkar Sohoni

that were required to move animals (logs, scientific reports, news stories, etc.), and only in the case of the Australian cameleers has new scholarship emerged over the past two decades. Animal Studies and Mobility Studies Animals have been

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Animals, Plants, People, and Things

A Review of Multispecies Ethnography

Laura A. Ogden, Billy Hall, and Kimiko Tanita

This article defines multispecies ethnography and links this scholarship to broader currents within academia, including in the biosciences, philosophy, political ecology, and animal welfare activism. The article is organized around a set of productive tensions identified in the review of the literature. It ends with a discussion of the “ethnographic” in multispecies ethnography, urging ethnographers to bring a “speculative wonder” to their mode of inquiry and writing.

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The iAnimal Film Series

Activating Empathy Through Virtual Reality

Holly Cecil

consideration, both within the academy's “animal turn” ( Cederholm et al. 2014 ; Gaard 2002 ; Ritvo 2007 ), and in society through animal rights, environmental, and climate change activism. My research draws on the work of scholars in critical animal studies

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Explorations in Ethnoelephantology

Social, Historical, and Ecological Intersections between Asian Elephants and Humans

Piers Locke

Humans and elephants have lived together and shared space together in diverse ways for millennia. The intersections between these thinking and feeling species have been differently explored, for different reasons, by disciplines across the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Such disciplinary divisions, predicated on oppositions of human-animal and nature-culture, are integral to the configuration of modernist thought. However, posthumanist and biocultural thinking questions the underlying epistemological conventions, thereby opening up interdisciplinary possibilities for human-animal studies. In relation to issues of conflict and coexistence, this article charts the emergence of an interdisciplinary research program and discursive space for human-elephant intersections under the rubric of ethnoelephantology. Recognizing continuities between the sentient and affective lifeworlds of humans and elephants, the mutual entanglements of their social, historical, and ecological relations, and the relevance of combining social and natural science methodologies, the article surveys recent research from anthropology, history, and geography that exemplifies this new approach.

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Archaeology and Animal Persons

Toward a Prehistory of Human-Animal Relations

Erica Hill

The discipline of archaeology has long engaged with animals in a utilitarian mode, constructing animals as objects to be hunted, manipulated, domesticated, and consumed. Only recently, in tandem with the rising interest in animals in the humanities and the development of interdisciplinary animal studies research, has archaeology begun to systematically engage with animals as subjects. This article describes some of the ways in which archaeologists are reconstructing human engagements with animals in the past, focusing on relational modes of interaction documented in many hunting and gathering societies. Among the most productive lines of evidence for human-animal relations in the past are animal burials and structured deposits of animal bones. These archaeological features provide material evidence for relational ontologies in which animals, like humans, were vested with sentience and agency.

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Editor's Introduction

The Affective Modalities of Media and Technology

Andrew J. Ball

widespread opposition to the industry. While Cecil engages with theories recently developed in animal studies, David John Boyd turns to the philosophy of Deleuze, Guattari, and Virno to examine the political potential of otaku culture in his “Affective

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Book Reviews

Jamie McMenamin, Lauri Hyers, Jeroen Nawijn, and Aviva Sinervo

imperialism versus cultural relativism; laissez faire capitalism versus socially conscious regulation; and ultimately, resigned acceptance versus effortful social change. Through the academic lens of business, tourism studies, and animal studies, the book