Animals, Ethics and Food: Doing Multi-Species Ethnography
(Kirksey and Helmreich 2010: 545)
Students enrolled in this course should gain a better understanding of the place of animals in society and the experience of animals within systems of commodity production and use. Using pets/companion animals, animals in entertainment, animals in the food system, and animals in medical research as case studies, this course will explore notions of power and difference, ethics and responsibility, and creativity in reimagining the status quo. This course will push the boundaries of how we think about different ways of being in the world.
In this experiential learning seminar, students will have the opportunity to explore the place of animals in society through time spent in the classroom and at Pigs Peace Sanctuary. As a lens through which to understand the lives of other-than-human animals, we will focus our work together on the ‘multispecies ethnography’, a methodological trend in anthropology dedicated to understanding the inner lives of animals and the impacts on their lives and bodies of their encounters with humans.
What do animals experience with in the US Food SYstem?
In this class you will learn to better understand the workings of the U.S. food system (at both an industrial and small scale), and the experience of animals within this system. Using animals in the food system as a case study, this course will explore notions of power and difference, ethics, responsibility, and creativity in reimagining the status quo. This course will push the boundaries of how we think about difference and discrimination and recognize the intersections between human and animal oppression.
*Important: In addition to the two scheduled class periods on campus, students will participate in experiential learning at a local animal sanctuary Wednesdays from 10:00 - 3:00PM