“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 focuses on reproduction and sexuality. In an ongoing discussion group we ask: 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? Participants in an upcoming workshop titled “Bovine Regimes: Reproduction, Labor, Territory” will test these questions on a particular "model organism," that is, cows.
2020–2021 will be devoted to boundaries. Looking through the lens of bodily waste and ritual, 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?