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From Ani­mal Rights to Ani­mal Stud­ies

Paul Waldau
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 4:00pm
Sav­ery 359

 In describ­ing one of his cur­rent projects, Paul Wal­dau notes that “tra­di­tional edu­ca­tion about non­hu­mans can be summed by Theodore Roszak’s obser­va­tion, ‘let us admit that the acad­emy has rarely been a place of dar­ing.’” In this talk, Wal­dau, a scholar of ani­mal stud­ies, ethics, reli­gion, law and cul­tural stud­ies, describes why the urgency of dar­ing to inquire openly about the moral sig­nif­i­cance of non­hu­man ani­mals. In this explo­ration of the chal­lenges posed by “the ani­mal” for the human­i­ties and the human sci­ences, Wal­dau engages with debates over the ped­a­gog­i­cal, polit­i­cal, and affec­tive dimen­sions of an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary con­ver­sa­tion that has gone from “ani­mal rights” to “Ani­mal Studies.”

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