Edited by Paul Hansen, Gergely Mohacsi and Émile St-Pierre.
This series emerges from a roundtable at the annual IUAES meeting in Ottawa in 2017, but over the next year we hope to get as far from the conference venue as possible in order to offer a variety of takes on the same question: how do nonhumans force us to rethink and reconstruct our shared places in the world? As many of the authors in the coming weeks and months will argue, such a work of reconstruction is not only a political and ethical problem, but also an important methodological issue for anthropologists, historians and STS scholars, among others. Cross-species coexistence in the 21st century, we argue, is fundamentally a techno-social matter. Rather than looking for something lost or damaged, we see it as an opportunity to an ongoing tinkering, in which comparative, ethnographic and other methods are being implicated laterally. More-than-human worlds, or so we believe, are experimental places that require one to move beyond orthodox forms of writing. We invite contributors to add to ongoing debates and discussions around multispecies ethnographies, environmental infrastructures and posthumanism in order to learn more about more-than-human entanglements.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to the Blog Series by Paul Hansen, Gergely Mohacsi, and Émile St-Pierre
2. Contemplating the Robotic Embrace by Daniel White
3. From Mad Cows to Posthumanism by Alan Smart
4. The Tao of Multispecies Ethnography by Scott Simon
5. Human-Microbe Entanglements by Emma Cook
6. Steps to an Ecology of Spirits by Andrea De Antoni
7. Fostering a More-than-human World View by Paul Hansen
8. On Eating and Killing by Kelly Linton