[Iag-list] CFP-NZGS/IAG Auckland 11-14 July: Beyond Anthropocentrism: the case for species-inclusive development

Andrew McGregor andrew.mcgregor at mq.edu.au
Thu Mar 15 11:47:26 AEDT 2018

Dear colleagues,

Please find our CFP for the NZGS / IAG 2018 conference below:

Beyond anthropocentrism: the case for species-inclusive development (DevNet/CDSG)
Convenors: Yamini Narayanan (Deakin University), Andrew McGregor (Macquarie University), Donna Houston, (Macquarie University)

Abstract: Development studies, a multidisciplinary subject area, has remained somewhat removed from the more-than-human debates sweeping environmental social sciences and humanities. Such debates are critical of human exceptionalism, and promote more relational approaches that recognise the agency of non-humans in constituting, or co-producing contemporary socioecologies. Development discourse and practice on the other hand, has been largely complicit in the commodification and financialisation of non-humans as human property and resources to further human development. In this session we focus on non-human animals as important actors within development.  Where development narratives have been attentive to animals, it has largely been to argue for their improved treatment where possible as resources (Kelly 2016), or out of concerns for anthropogenic environmental change caused by animal agriculture (Weis 2013). An 'Animals and Development' meta-narrative is yet to be articulated in international development theory or practice.

This session aims to provoke expanded justice-oriented conceptions of inclusive development to species-inclusive, or multi-species inclusive development. It introduces animals into development discourse as social actors in multispecies communities, rather than as natural resources for human communities. The session considers the provocations to the property status of animals, advanced by the burgeoning animal rights civil protection movement worldwide. It aims to expand the ambit of social justice in development, to 'sociozoologic justice' (Narayanan 2016) where the harms from exploitation are not privileged as uniquely human traumas, but recognised as shared species vulnerabilities. Dismantling the human/animal binary fundamentally requires recognition of humans also as species (Blue 2015).  Though a species-inclusive approach we seek to deepen and broaden understandings of how development transforms multi-species communities, and identify more caring and just approaches.
This panel invites papers that consider the diverse ways in which more-than-human development studies might be enacted: through incorporating an explicit focus on non-humans into development processes; by focusing upon more-than-human relations and assemblages as foundations of development; and through creative place-based approaches to development practice whereby human and non-human agencies are mobilised in pursuit of desirable ends. It invites papers that considers non-human animals and development in areas including and not limited to:

  1.  Biopolitics, technical assistance, and the industrialisation of animal agriculture
  2.  Urbanisation and biodiversity
  3.  Diverse human-animal relations - animals in culture/societies/religion/tradition
  4.  Animals as agents of development / animals as aid / aid for animals
  5.  Sexual politics of meat / milk - gendered violence in animal farming
  6.  Animals, climate change and the Anthropocene
  7.  Human and animal rights within development
  8.  Meatification and the commodification of lively bodies
  9.  Multi-species justice and development
  10. Hunger, poverty, animals and development
  11. Animals within conservation and ecosystem services projects
  12. Practicing species-inclusive development

Please send abstracts of 150-200 words to Yamini Narayanan y.narayanan at deakin.edu.au<mailto:y.narayanan at deakin.edu.au> Andrew McGregor andrew.mcgregor at mq.edu.au<mailto:andrew.mcgregor at mq.edu.au> and Donna Houston donna.houston at mq.edu.au<mailto:donna.houston at mq.edu.au> by 30 March 2018. Participants will then need to nominate this session when they submit their abstract to the conference website (date TBA).

A/Prof Andrew McGregor
Department of Geography and Planning, Macquarie University
T: +61 2 9850 7993


[Macquarie University]<http://mq.edu.au/>

Latest publications:

McGregor, A., Houston, D. online Cattle in the Anthropocene: four propositions. Transactions: Institute of British Geographers http://rdcu.be/tOWg
Alam, A., McGregor, A., Houston, D. online Photo-response: approaching participatory photography as a more-than-human research method. Area http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/area.12368/full<http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/area.12368/full>
McGregor, A. online Critical development studies in the Anthropocene. Geographical Research http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1745-5871.12206/full

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