Post Human Politics

Term: Fall 2010

Subject Code: GPOL

Course Number: 6449

This class explores interspecies relations in political thought and practice. After setting the exploration within the broader theoretical terrain of posthumanism, we will focus specifically on human-animal relations. We will first examine how animality and the human-animal divide have been interpreted in liberal, biopolitical, and interspecies frameworks, reading work by Singer, Sunstein, Agamben, Derrida, and Haraway. In the remainder of course, we will turn our attention to specific cases. Topics may include: chimpanzee politics and the Great Ape Project, the Thanksgiving turkey pardon, pets, foie gras, GPS-collared leatherback turtles, and animals and the military.

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