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Season 6: Animals and Politics

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Season 6 of The Animal Turn is focused on "Animals and Politics." Claudia talks to political philosophers, activists, and social scientists about the relationship between animals and politics. They discuss what politics is and what possible political futures might include animals. This includes talking about subjects such as governance, legitimate authority, and property. Concepts in focus include everything from politics, to habitat rights, animal photo journalism, and international relations.

Thank you to Animals in Philosophy, Politics, Law and Ethics (A.P.P.L.E) for sponsoring this podcast; Gordon Clarke (Instagram: @_con_sol_) for the bed music, Jeremy John for the logo, Christiaan Mentz for his editing work, and Virginia Thomas for the Animal Highlight. This podcast is produced and hosted by Claudia Towne Hirtenfelder. 

S6E1 - Politics with Will Kymlicka
S6E1 - Politics with Will Kymlicka
S6E1 - Politics with Will Kymlicka
S6E1 - Politics with Will Kymlicka

Season 6 Sponsors

The Animal Turn is currently sponsored by Animals in Philosophy, Politics, Law and Ethics (A.P.P.L.E). A.P.P.L.E's goal is "to help bring ‘the animal question’ into the mainstream of academic research and public debate in Canada, focusing in particular on the moral, legal and political dimensions of how human-animal relations are governed."

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Virginia Thomas and the Animal Highlights

Virginia Thomas is an environmental social scientist with a PhD in Sociology. She is interested in people’s interactions with their environment and with other animals. Virginia’s work explores the social and ethical questions in human-animal relationships. She is currently a research fellow on the Wellcome Trust funded project ‘From Feed the Birds to Do Not Feed the Animals’ which examines the drivers and consequences of animal feeding. This leads on from her previous research which examined human-animal relations in the media (as part of zoonotic disease framing) and in rewilding projects (in relation to biopolitics and human-animal coexistence). You can connect with Virginia via Twitter (@ArbitrioHumano).

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Additional Resources

Reading suggestions from guests

Blog Entries

Some blog entries related to Season 6

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Some good listening on Podchaser

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Animals and Biosecurity YouTube playlist

YouTube playist featuring animals from the Animal Highlights

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