“Out of Place, Out of Time” deals with the ways in which knowledge of animals formed spatial and temporal regimes. Through the lens of disruptive animality, we consider how animal bodies, materiality, and presence were destabilizing, and how they defied social, political, and cultural categories.
During 2019–2020, the group has been focusing on reproduction, sexuality, and labor. In an ongoing discussion group we asked: How has animal reproduction been studied and managed? What role has it played in the understanding of human reproduction, life cycles, and race? How have ideas about sexuality played into the analysis of the natural world? What types of intimacies develop in the context of the work of and work with animals? Participants in a group project on cows titled “Bovine Regimes” test these questions on this particular "model organism."
2021–2023 will be devoted to bodily waste. As part of this new group project dedicated to examining the relation between use of value, we will ask: When is the body in place? What is the relation between bodies and the formation of rules of order? How is alterity created? Where does the human end and the animal begin? What does the focus on bodies add to our understanding of waste and value?