Animal Movements: Habitat, Care, and Exploitation
Displaced Visions of the Cheonggyecheon Stream
Gebby Keny (Rice University)
In July of 2003, roughly 360 million US dollars were spent unearthing and restoring the Cheonggyecheon river, a heavily polluted stream in downtown Seoul which had been cemented over and replaced by a twelve-lane highway during South Korea’s rapid post-war economic development period. This video presentation considers the material, sensorial, and nonverbal registers of relation through which human and nonhuman subjects emerge within and with material worlds altered by this restoration effort. From what vantage point might one perceive and evaluate the restoration of the Cheonggyecheon river? What vantage point(s) should one displace?
Marina Velez (Anglia Ruskin University)
Squid Life: Extraction and Multispecies Displacement in the Eastern Pacific
Maximilian Viatori (Iowa State University)
An analysis of the recent development of a Peruvian fishery for Humboldt or jumbo flying squid demonstrates how extractive regimes generate wealth by displacing people and non-human species not only through forced eviction, but also by reconfiguring the ecological worlds upon which they rely. These dynamics reveal the importance of attending to multispecies displacements for understanding how extractive regimes re-order existing ecological assemblages to generate the conditions for capital accumulation. This presentation argues that such reconfigurations imperil the precarious multispecies networks that make more-than-human life possible.
Desert Tortoise Survival
Julia Sizek (UC Berkeley)
The desert tortoise (Gopherus agasizii) is the charismatic species of the Mojave Desert, standing in for the Mojave’s people and ecology as an endangered species, and inhabiting two senses of the word ‘survival.’ The tortoise is both past its time and steadfast against encroachment, appealing to European settlers and Native American tribes. This presentation examines the relationship between popular modes of theorizing tortoise survival, arguing that they are linked together through charisma. This charisma makes it possible to understand the tortoise’s cultural place in Mojave ecology, which reveals new ways of thinking about the relationship between species-history and natural history.
Framing Women and Animals: Multispecies Practices of Care as Re-Placement in Photography Tourism
Amanda Daniela Cortez (University of Notre Dame)
In Cusco, Perú, Indigenous Quechua women and their animals insert themselves into state development schemes by creating a niche of interspecies, economic exchange where they pose for tourists’ cameras and receive monetary compensation, despite its illegality. In a place where Quechua language and culture are experiencing a positive revitalization, those bodies—human and animal alike—that are linked to indigeneity are rejected and forcibly removed. I explore how multispecies practices of care between Quechua and their woolly companions work as a means of re-placing themselves into spaces from which they are displaced daily by state agencies.