“Chinese Elm 1030595… (or can I call you Dale??)”: Communication and representation in mediated encounters with non-human others

Soledad Altrudi, Christina Dunbar-Hester, Kate M Miltner

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Abstract

The last couple of years have seen an uptick of different technological forms presented as mediators of human/nonhuman interaction, and these developments have been accompanied by an increase in scholarly interest. Here, we engage with the human urge to enter into communicative exchanges that implicate “other” entities, but we also wonder what is at stake, analytically and ethically, in these mediated communicative acts. Following an approach informed by work in the environmental humanities as well as science and technology studies and media studies, we explore three sites of (ostensible) encounters between humans and nonhuman others—plants and animals—and argue that while certain technological mediations can facilitate human “noticing” by rendering nonhuman others sense-able, it does not follow that such interventions open up a space where participants can meaningfully respond to each other.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNew Media and Society
Early online date25 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Feb 2021

Keywords

  • environmental humanities
  • interspecies communication
  • media studies
  • science and technology studies

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