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Doing and undoing multi-species livelihoods in (un)healthy worlds 
Hannah Brown (Durham University)
Andrea Patricia Kaiser-Grolimund (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute)
Salome Bukachi (University of Nairobi)
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Salome Bukachi (University of Nairobi)
Frédéric Keck (Collège de France)
Christos Lynteris (University of St Andrews)
Thursday 25 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

This panel explores multi-species livelihoods in the context of contemporary economic and environmental pressures. It considers the new forms of governance that are emerging in this space, and the implications of changing forms of livelihood for health and wellbeing across species.

Long Abstract:

In the context of increasing environmental and economic precarity, the growing reach of industrialised and intensified modes of farming, and crises of biodiversity and conservation, the ways people rely on animals as part of livelihood practices is changing. These changes have far-reaching implications, with complex, interrelated concerns that are the ongoing focus of interventions by diverse actors. In the global north and increasingly also in the south, intensification of farming raises concerns for human, animal and environmental wellbeing. Anxieties range from the ways animals (and humans) are treated as labourers, to the excessive use of antibiotics and other medicines whose uncontainable qualities mean that they find their ways into the environment and other bodies, and especially in the global north, the management of quantities of animal waste so vast that even imagining them is a challenge. It is not only farming that is changing. Other human-animal livelihoods, like hunting, are increasingly commercialised as rural-urban connections are transformed by changes in transport and communications infrastructure. At the same time, global commodity chains are being opened up for prized forms of ‘bushmeat’ and other wild animal products, raising concerns that range from wildlife loss and environmental degradation to zoonotic disease transmission.

This panel seeks contributions that provide ethnographic insight into the changing nature of the human-animal-environment/livelihoods/health nexus, including through the study of projects set up to manage this interface, and which build on these ethnographic insights to reconceptualise understandings of how people get by in more-than-human worlds.

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Session 1 Thursday 25 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Thursday 25 July, 2024, -