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Research Colloquium on History and Theory of International Relations

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

14/12/2017

In this lecture we examine the proposition that movement provides greater insight into the relationship between human and non-human animals, a relationship that is critically important to understanding contemporary, bio-political existence. We do so by drawing on a recent commemoration of transhumance, the seasonal movement of herds and herdsmen, aiming to examine different conjunctions of movement and the relationship between human and non-human animals. The examination is articulated at two levels, empirical and theoretical. In both cases, we show how one of the two terms of the conjunction of movement and the relationship between human and non-human animals comes to be privileged over the other, arguably as result of the incommensurability of attention to substance and process. We close by proposing that Jean-Luc Nancy's thinking about existence as decentred and relational may offer a possible path out of the difficulty.

Academic

NameDepartment of History and Theory of International Relations, University of Groningen
CountryNetherlands