Animal Exchanges: Anthropologies Between and Beyond Species

Maison Fran├žaise, University of OxfordFrom Friday May 24, 2013 at 09:00 to Friday May 24, 2013 at 18:00

This one day international workshop will bring together a range of scholars from anthropology, sociology, geography, literature and science and technology studies whose work develops theoretical and methodological attempts to understand the mutual constitution of humans and other animals. In the workshop we seek to query longstanding considerations of animals and the use of animal models in the life sciences, by projecting analyses of animal experimentation onto new ethnographic arenas characterized by different scales and materialities of interspecies mixing. Chimeras, viruses, transgenes, bacteria, insects, and microbiota are some of the many new actors on the interspecies scene whose animal encounters test existing structures of sharing, hosting, and converging.

At these changing sites of biological practice, novel modes of appropriation, observation, and intervention require attending to how humans ‘become with’ nonhuman animals. But they also require attending to how species distinctions are re-calibrated and upheld. That is, how the category of human is disaggregated from animal, and how it is stabilized through particular designations of ownership and exchange. Under the theme of ‘Animal Exchanges', this workshop seeks to interrogate how emergent interspecies relations may bring new permutations of property and transaction into being. We envision a day of lively exchange and debate on how  multispecies relations foster particular types of humans, or categories of human, and how these designations reshape proprietary relations and modes of animal exchange –in commodities, body parts, biological material and natural resources. 


Carlo Caduff (King's College London)

Tim Choy (UC Davis)

Gail Davies (University of Exeter)

Carrie Friese (London School of Economics)

Caspar Henderson (Author of The Book of Barely Imagined Beings)

Steve Hinchliffe (University of Exeter)

Sabina Leonelli (University of Exeter)

Javier Lezaun (University of Oxford)

Jamie Lorimer (University of Oxford)

Gísli Pálsson (University of Iceland)

Alain Pottage (London School of Economics)

Natasha Myers (York Universiy)

Kaushik Sunder Rajan (University of Chicago)

Kim Ward (Cardiff University)


View and Download the Workshop Programme and Abstracts here.


 View and Download the poster. Mac users click here. PC users click here.


For further information about attending the event contact: