Speaker: Harlan Weaver, Assistant Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, Kansas State University

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Time: 5 PM
Place: 346 Leon Johnson Hall

Title: It’s Me and The Dog: Imagining Multi Species Justice

Sponsoring program: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Summary: “Why should we care about animals when humans continue to be oppressed?” This question denotes both a sentiment common to popular discussions in the wake of ongoing injustices in human worlds. In a world where homophobia and transphobia run rampant, where movements such as Black Lives Matter have transformed our social and political landscape, where rape and migration crises entwine, there seems little room left to care for non-humans. Why should we care about animals then? Countering the ways that this question and others like it position the concerns of marginalized humans as counter to those of animals, this talk articulates a way of thinking and understanding human and animal needs together, demonstrating a form of what can be called multi species justice. The aim is to demonstrating a way of understanding how “it’s me or the dog!” can and should become “it’s me and the dog!”  

About the speaker: Harlan Weaver received his Ph.D. from UC Santa Cruz's History of Consciousness Department in 2012. He then went on to complete an NSF postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society at UC Berkeley. Now an Assistant Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at Kansas State University, he is currently working on a book called Bad Dog, which addresses the ways that relationships between humans and animals not only reflect but also shape experiences of race, gender, sexuality, species, and breed. His publications include "The Tracks of my Tears: Trans* Affects, Resonance, and Pit Bulls and Parolees;" "Pit Bull Promises: Inhuman Intimacies and Queer Kinships in an Animal Shelter;" "Friction in the Interstices: Affect and Landscape in Stone Butch Blues;" "Trans Species;" "Becoming in Kind: Race, Gender, and Nation in Cultures of Dog Fighting and Dog Rescue;" and "Monster Trans: Diffracting Affect, Reading Rage."