Att bli "människa": genusteori och djur i en mer-än-mänsklig värld

Tidsperiod: 2012-01-01 till 2016-12-31

Projektledare: Jacob Bull

Medarbetare: Pär Segerdahl, Ann-Sofie Lönngren

Finansiär: Vetenskapsrådet

Bidragstyp: Projektbidrag

Budget: 6 000 000 SEK

We have long considered that we shape our humanity through our interactions with other people but increasingly work has recognised that we shape our humanity through interactions with the more-than-human world. The category of "human" has always been contingent on a category of "non-human", and through it lines of race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and ability have been drawn and redrawn. This has been part of a process of "othering" - setting a white, middle class, western, heterosexual, able, male humanity against a bestial, animal "non humanity" into which people of different class, sex, race gender and ethnicity can be placed. But relations have not just been oppositional, they have also been reliant - we "become with" other species, we are reliant on animals as they work for us in all sorts of physical (e.g. providing food or lining the gut so that we can digest food) and ideological (e.g. the role pets play in shaping our identity). What this project does is continue this discussion to challenge the categories of "human" and "animal". It uses three case studies to highlights the active role animals play in the definition of "the human". The first highlights how gender is shaped between species, the second, how humanimal transformations create and embed social categories, the third the challenges and possibilities of ethical relations to animals based on bodies and pleasures