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The Return of the Animal

Posthumanism, Indigeneity, and Anthropology

Danielle DiNovelli-Lang

The vectors by which the question of the animal has confronted the discipline of anthropology are both diverse—from paleoarchaeological fascination with the transition from ape to man to sociocultural accounts of human-animal conflict—and fraught insofar as they tend to loop back into one another. For instance, while posthumanism is intellectually novel, to take its line of critique seriously is to recognize that the science of man has depended on the philosophical animal from the start. A still tighter loop could be drawn around Lévi-Strauss's foundational interest in animal symbolism and the Amazonian ontologies undergirding Latour's amodern philosophy. Three related interdependencies pull hard on these loops: 1) philosophy and anthropology; 2) the human and the animal; 3) modernity and indigeneity. This last interdependency is notably undertheorized in the present efflorescence of human-animal scholarship. This article attends to some of the consequences of modernity/indigeneity's clandestine operations in the literature.

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Afterword

For a Synaesthetics of Seeing

Naisargi N. Dave

, become beholden to a life in which – as Fryer-Moreira also puts it – one forever runs towards the other, rather than remaining more or less safely encased in our own human skins? I argued, based on what I call moral biographies of animal activists in

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Donner la mort au gibier sur le territoire sacré de la Mecque

Une vieille controverse (VIIe-VIIIe siècles)

Hocine Benkheira

La mort de l’animal a souvent préoccupé les religions. Nous avons déjà montré dans des recherches précédentes que le rituel de la mise à mort pour la boucherie comme pour le sacrifice s’explique en grande partie comme une tentative de surmonter la

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The Queer Death of the Hanged Dog

The 1677 Execution of Mary Higgs’ Mongrel

Jennifer Lodine-Chaffey

for destroying animals involved in bestiality found their basis in biblical texts, fears of crossbreeding, and attempts to maintain the boundaries between humans and animals, the dog's execution, I argue, effectively queers the ritual by destabilizing

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The iAnimal Film Series

Activating Empathy Through Virtual Reality

Holly Cecil

viewers to the lives of nonhuman animals incarcerated in industrial farming. Specifically, I examine the innovative use of VR by animal-advocacy organizations to communicate the lived experience of farmed animals’ short lives from birth to slaughterhouse

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Realizing Interspecies Democracy

The Preconditions for an Egalitarian, Multispecies, World

Sue Donaldson, Janneke Vink, and Jean-Paul Gagnon

interested in the injustices inherent in the in equality of relations between the species of people, we humans, and those species—animal, vegetal, fungal, animate, inanimate, etc.—that are not human but that do, and may, constitute both humans (as in their

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Shakespearean Boars and Dolphins

Representing Character through Animal Dreams in Richard III and Antony and Cleopatra

Claude Fretz

narrative contexts in which they occur. The present article sets out to advance our understanding of Shakespeare's intertwining of dream, drama, and character by investigating how the playwright uses oneiric animal imagery to highlight the characterological

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Loving and Grieving with Heart of a Dog and Merleau-Ponty's Depth

Saige Walton

we share with animals and to animal grievability. It is also a heartfelt portrait of Lolabelle herself, which is filtered through the stories, sounds, memories, and imagined perspectives of Anderson, her human owner. Watching Heart of a Dog for

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A Theory of ‘Animal Borders’

Thoughts and Practices toward Non-human Animals among the G|ui Hunter-Gatherers

Kazuyoshi Sugawara

The purpose of this article is to outline a theory of ‘animal borders’ based on ethnographic materials I have collected over the past two decades among the G|ui Bushmen living in the Central Kalahari Desert, Botswana, in Southern Africa. First, I

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The two faces of character

Moral tales of animal behaviour

Matei Candea

In order to ask what work the elusive concept of ‘character’ might do for anthropology, this article first asks what work the concept does for Euro‐American epistemology more broadly. It examines two invocations of ‘character’ in relation to animals at a scientific research site in South Africa. The first is the commonplace use of the term to denote the way the research subjects have been made into ‘characters’ on the TV show . The second is the technical term ‘biological character’ – the basic unit of contemporary evolutionary biology, and the main object of study at the site. These two characters are more than mere homonyms – they hark back to related concerns about purposive action, they populate conflicting moral narratives, and they operate on the threshold between self‐conscious fiction and essential truth. Building on this case, I argue that the distinctive value of the concept of character for anthropology resides in its ambivalence – the way it can point both to a contrived mask (a character in an account) and to the very essence of the entity in question (its true character). Such ambivalence maps a particular social form, which echoes across the anthropology of institutions, of ethics and of knowledge.