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Dwelling of Others: non-human homes from a puddle to an animal reserve

Convenors:
Marjetka Golež Kaučič (Research Centre of Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts)
Suzana Marjanić (Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research )
Stream:
Home
Location:
VG 3.105
Start time:
27 March, 2017 at 8:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

Panel invites papers which reflect issues of animal dwelling from different perspectives (from anthropology to ecology), also in regard to the predominant anthropogenic factors that influence these dwelling environments, and how these issues are reflected in folklore and literature.

Long abstract:

Dwelling and dwelling spaces are not only a human domain, but spaces and homes of different animals as well. From a puddle, anthill, snail house, den, hollow, nest - which are made by animals, ¬- to places and dwellings which are made by humans for animals, whether for their welfare or captivity, where animals are living free from suffering and death (such as bird houses, places for hedgehogs or badgers, lab cages, zoos, national reserves, or animal estates). Through these dwellings we can discover all the continuously different relationships between humans and nonhumans with constant positive or negative connections. On the basis of the question whether the animal only exists or dwells the panel will discuss places and spaces, about the animal geography, where nonhumans dwell and build their homes (with or without humans) and about the differences between dwelling and building. How do we classify creations of animal dwellings, as a part of nature or culture? E.g., is spider's nest existential act or craft? Panel will try to present different animal dwellings and constantly changing relations between those who dwell and newcomers, invaders, between those who build and those who destroy, between animals and humans. Panel invites papers which reflect issues of animal dwelling (their »dwelling heritage« too) from different perspectives (from anthropology, ethnology, folklore, philosophy, ecology…), also in regard to the predominant anthropogenic factors that influence these dwelling environments, and how these issues are reflected in folklore and literature.