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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Beyond-human solidarities. Perceptions, ontologies and interactions with Earth beings


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 28 Aug 11:00 - 15:30


Room 3.20

Beyond-human interactions are given a growing interest in anthropology today. While the so-called “ontological turn” has initiated a broad theoretical debate, renovated discourses and practices about “(re)connecting” with “Earth beings” (Cadena 2015) are also emerging, especially in the Western world. In order to ground the discussion on empirical evidences, this panel welcomes contributions that are aiming to explore solidaritiesbeyond humans and within a plurality of worlds, deriving from diverse epistemological and ontological foundations. A large range of research can feed the reflexion. For instance, research based on phenomenological and sensorial approaches studying modes of relation such as alternative agricultures or composting can refresh ontological discussions. Those can remain sometimes too abstract and encompassing to overcome the schemes they ambition to supersede. Ritual innovation including non-human beings within alternative spiritualities and deep ecological movements is another relevant field of investigation. Also, ethnographical studies around the global movement for the rights of nature reveal the attempt to include new subjects in the realm of law, this “other world” (Hermitte 1999). Contributions that address such cosmopolitics of beyond-human solidarities, through ontological conflicts/frictions (Blaser 2013 ; Landivar & Ramilien 2015, 2017), are especially welcomed.


  • P 11.1
    • Dr. Chamel, Jean (IHAR, Université de Lausanne)
    • Ms. Galfré, Bertrande (LESC, Université Paris Nanterre)
  • P 11.2
    • Dr. Chamel, Jean (IHAR, Université de Lausanne)
    • Ms. Galfré, Bertrande (LESC, Université Paris Nanterre)

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This study takes place in the Comminges region in the South of France and focuses on a peasant network involved in Biodynamic Agriculture. Composting is a main practice for this alternative way of farming and echoes Donna Haraway’s sentence: “We are all compost” (Haraway, 2015). In 1924 Rudolf Steiner founded the Biodynamic Agriculture at the very beginning of the organic movement in Europ ... More
Presented by Bertrande GALFRÉ on 28/8/2019 at 12:00
Leaving open the possibility of a radical alterity and multiplicity of an environment with whom humans relate in terms that exceed modern worldings, I will try to describe Cañaris’ cosmopolitical practices and conceptions relating to the construction, uses, inhabiting and renovation of a building made with ancient techniques in one of its most important towns. The non-human entity that emerge f ... More
Presented by Dr. Juan Javier Rivera ANDÍA on 28/8/2019 at 11:20
The majority of literature on wars understandably focuses on the horrific aspects of war, such as death, destruction, loss, displacement, trauma and despair. In this presentation, however, I want to highlight that life in war is not only brutal and disastrous, but also in some respect deeply joyful and at times even fun. This requires that we portray the real and horrific experiences of death and ... More
Presented by Prof. Azra HROMADŽIĆ
The idea of granting specific rights to nature and natural entities is increasing worldwide since the inclusion of such rights in the Ecuadorian constitution of 2008. Recently, new laws and legal decisions have provided rivers with rights in New Zealand, India and Columbia, with significant media coverage. The global networks that promote these rights attract less attention but are very activ ... More
Presented by Dr. Jean CHAMEL on 28/8/2019 at 11:40
In the face of looming ecological, social and climate crises, as the familiar categories of beings are becoming endangered or extinct and the global eco-political system is heading towards catastrophe, increasingly, hope is found at the edges of the familiar world and in the pockets of the dominant reality. Organisms that exist on its fringes, be they mushrooms, slime molds or the rare bacteria th ... More
Presented by Dr. Maria DEBINSKA on 28/8/2019 at 11:00
The category ""animal"" has been used by Western societies in order to create a symbolic boundary that isolates humans in a distinctive position. Today that category continues to represent something exterior to humans, but the boundary is not motionless: quite the opposite, it has shifted in a substantial way over the past decades. With the aim of understanding the recent changes in the perception ... More
Presented by Cristina ROMANELLI ROSA on 28/8/2019 at 12:05
The disorders caused to the Earth by the overwhelming human activity is giving birth, in the beginning of this millennium, to a network of “natural” winemakers who do not fit the norms and who produce wines without using any synthetic chemicals on their vines or at any other time in the wine-making process. This network is strongly represented in France and is gradually spreading to the rest o ... More
Presented by Christelle PINEAU on 28/8/2019 at 13:45
Death from biological point of view unifies human and all the living beings. However, suffering and dying of non-human animals is an experience that cannot be directly expressed by the language. The testimony of this experience before reaches the consciousness of a man must overcome a series of filters, among others the cultural ones. Animals possibly do not understand death in the same way as we ... More
Presented by Małgorzata ROESKE
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