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Krithika Srinivasan (University of Exeter). Caring for collectives: Biopower in wildlife conservation.

Egenis / Symbiology Lab Seminar

An Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences seminar
Date6 May 2014
Time14:00 to 15:30
PlaceByrne House

This Paper explores the complicated manners in which animal wellbeing is constructed and pursued in contemporary wildlife conservation. Using insights from Foucault's work on biopolitics to examine turtle conservation in India, it offers an account of conservation as population politics, questioning the entanglement of harm and care that infuses this space of more-than human social change. In doing this, the paper elaborates the concept of agential subjectification in order to track the mechanisms that underlie the asymmetric circulation of biopower in human-animal interactions and to critically reflect on present-day manifestations of the 'will to improve'.

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