A more than human workshop

Roe, A. (Contributor), Jane Desmond (Contributor), Henry Mathias (Contributor)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Description

Several years ago, academics from social anthropology and the veterinary school ran two workshops on 'veterinary anthropology'. The aim was to explore what such a subject might involve and how it might contribute to both disciplines. A brief write-up of the workshops in The Veterinary Record attracted interest, including from veterinary students on the vet school's graduate programme who had first degrees in related subjects. In Semester 1, 2018, thanks to a small grant from the university's student-staff collaboration scheme, a veterinary humanities reading group was formed, which has met regularly to discuss articles, films, images and books. Renewed contact with social anthropology led to the idea for the 'More than human workshop', with additional input and support now coming from Edinburgh College of Art. A late but obvious development was to invite some more-than-humans (dogs!) to the workshop to explore how such an event might feel, how disruptive the canine delegates might turn out to be, and how they might react to an artist-led workshop designed specially for them. It is hoped the MTH workshop will provoke some thought about the academic animal (human and non-human) and facilitate interesting conversations between and across species.
Period5 May 2019
Event typeWorkshop
LocationEdinburgh
Degree of RecognitionLocal