Med04
Reimagining urban health: infrastructures, economies and human-animal relations in the Global South
Convenors:
Michelle Pentecost (Kings College London)
Thomas Cousins (University of Oxford)
Jamie Lorimer (University of Oxford)
Stream:
Medical
Format:
Location:
Magdalen Daubeny
Start time:
18 September, 2018 at 13:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

How do animals, cities, and health shape each other in urban contexts of the global South? This panel brings together ethnographies of animal life, urban human livelihoods, and the governance of health in order to examine how trans-species interactions shape livelihoods and health.

Long abstract:

How do animals, cities, and health shape each other in urban contexts of the global South? This panel brings together ethnographies of animal life, urban human livelihoods, and the governance of health in order to examine how trans-species interactions shape livelihoods and health. What entanglements are overlooked in normative approaches in global health and One Health? What might examinations of more-than-human intimacies reveal about urban ecologies, informal economies, and lively infrastructures? Working from the intersections of situated urban political ecology, medical anthropology and science studies, this panel will explore relationships between forms of life and practices of meaning in Southern urban contexts. We seek to think through the singularities, exchanges, and normativities that emerge from careful attention to lives, materials, and forms that come together across city life. We are interested in the ways in which animals are understood to contribute both materials and labour to the life of the city, to the shaping of urban metabolisms, and to the distribution of rights to the city in new and unexpected ways. We seek papers interested in exploring novel approaches between anthropology, geography and health that develop new methods and concepts for the study of animal life, urban ecologies and more-than-human labour in Southern cities.