Trace Fleeman y Garcia
Portland Urban Wildlife Conference
Much contemporary discourse informing attitudes towards wildlife is based on the single proposition that humans and nonhumans belong to, and belong in, different spaces, with a few acceptable interlopers in the form of domesticated animals, animals-as-property, interspecies families, and so forth. The concept of “urban wildlife,” in and of itself, throws the status quo into question and represents a conceptual advance, for what has not yet been adequately theorized are new types of post-species arrangements and dynamics. As an ecologist and eco-activist, I am interested especially in the possible vacuum that might arise with the demise of species-ism, considering such a possibility as both a challenge and an opportunity for rethinking the notion of species as well as imagining radically different relationships and arrangements between humans and other animals. With this presentation, I seek to outline not a political program but various spaces for post-species possibilities, both sacred and profane.
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