P122
Living well together: considering connections of health, wellbeing and work in the lives of humans and other living beings [Humans and Other Living Beings]

Convenors:
Sara Asu Schroer (University of Aberdeen)
Ursula Muenster (Ludwig Maximilians University Munich and University and Rachel Carson Center)
Discussant:
Heather Paxson
Location:
U6-1F
Start time:
21 July, 2016 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

In this panel we invite participants to engage with the question of how humans' sense of health and wellbeing is often intimately connected to and dependent on the manifold ways through which human and nonhuman ways of life are entangled and emplaced within wider ecological relationships.

Long abstract:

We invite participants to engage with the question of how humans' sense of health and wellbeing is often intimately connected to and dependent on the manifold ways through which human and nonhuman ways of life are entangled and emplaced within wider ecological relationships. We are particularly interested in contributions based on in-depth ethnographic materials, helping explore the theoretical and ethical dimensions of what it means to people to 'live well' with other living beings. How might this notion allow to conceptualise health and wellbeing as being constituted through and dependent on the active participation of human and nonhuman living beings in shared social worlds? We especially invite papers to explore the connections between health, wellbeing and 'work' or 'labour'. How might a less human-centric and more open understanding of these terms contribute to a better understanding of the active and constitutive role of other living beings, whose often hidden and invisible 'work' is crucial for the creation of human health and wellbeing? How are other living beings such as animals, plants, fungi and microbes involved in creating and maintaining human health and sense of wellbeing? In times of climate change, severe ecological crisis and species extinction, an anthropological understanding of these questions seems all the more relevant. This panel is an initiative of the newly founded EASA network 'Humans and Other Living Beings' and will be accompanied by an inaugural network meeting to which all are welcome.