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The Cow with Ear Tag #1389: Species, Place and Power in U.S. Animal Agriculture

Kathryn Gillespie (Geography & CHID, UW Seattle)
Friday, February 13, 2015 - 7:00pm
Henry Art Gallery Auditorium

What can be learned from sharing the stories of real, embodied animals in places of food production? What does a focus on the mundane features of animal agriculture teach us about humans’ relationships with other species? How do we negotiate and contest complex cross-species relationships of power and privilege in dominant social orders, like farming? This talk responds to these and other questions by exploring the lives of animals in the dairy industry in the Pacific Northwest. From the farm to the auction yard, I trace the ways in which cows used for dairy are intimately embedded in global structures of political economy and power. And in the context of this analysis and growing public concern about the treatment of animals in the food system, I suggest possibilities for reimagining how we care for and about the nonhuman animals with whom we are intimately connected.

Kathryn Gillespie is a PhD in Geography and teaches in the Geography Department, the Honors program, and the Comparative History of Ideas program at University of Washington. Her research focuses on uneven power relations in human-animal relations broadly. Specifically, her current research project is on the lives of cows in the Pacific Northwest dairy industry and the gendered commodification of their bodies.

Thinking Animals: Species, Power and the Politics of Care in the World

7PM-January 9, January 30, February 13, February 27 and March 6
Henry Art Gallery Auditorium \ University of Washington

Presented in partnership with the University of Washington's Critical Animal Studies working group.

Animals occupy a paradoxical place in the world: they are everywhere, yet hidden. This course explores the histories, politics, and cultural dynamics of how humans see and do not see animals in the world. Bringing expertise from wildlife sciences, animal welfare, geography, anthropology, literature and political science, a distinguished set of speakers will explore human-animal connections in a range of global and historical contexts, including Renaissance France, contemporary Peru, and urban and rural spaces in the United States.

This series of lectures will be held at the Henry Art Gallery in conjunction with their upcoming exhibition by Ann Hamilton which will touch on themes of human and non-human animals. For more on Ann Hamilton and this exhibition click here.

Single tickets for each event may be purchased at the door for $20. The box office will open at 6:00 PM.

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