Heini Hediger and the significance of zoo biology in the Anthropocene

When:1 Jun 2017, 4pm - 5:30pm
Venue:Morven Brown 310 (map ref C20)
Who:Matthew Chrulew (Centre for Culture and Technology, Curtin University)
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Joint Philosophy/Environmental Humanities Seminar


When philosophy and cultural theory have delved into the marginal subfield of zoo biology, it has usually been only to chastise it for turning wild animals into humanised artifacts. Rarely has it been asked what this science of mutual acclimatisation might have to say on wider issues. Yet today when the humanities are struggling with questions of human relations to animals and the environment, amid their intensification and mutual transformation in the Anthropocene, the knowledge, techniques, practices and even wisdom developed within this domain are worthy of sustained attention. Taking zoo biology seriously as a site of experimentation, however flawed, in multispecies relationships, this paper will stake a claim for the wider cultural and philosophical significance of the work of the midtwentieth century Swiss zoo director Heini Hediger.

About Matthew Chrulew

Matthew Chrulew is a DECRA Research Fellow in the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University. Recent publications included the edited collections Foucault and Animals (Brill, 2016, with Dinesh Wadiwel) and Extinction Studies (Columbia, 2017, with Deborah Bird Rose and Thom van Dooren). Matthew is also an Associate Editor of the journal Environmental Humanities (Duke)

For further information please contact Paul Patton (prp@unsw.edu.au)

or Thom van Dooren (t.van.dooren@unsw.edu.au)

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