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More-than-human care in & of (un)certain homes [SIEF Working Group on Space-lore and Place-lore] 
Petr Gibas (Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences)
Julien Wacquez (CEFRES)
Chloé Mondémé (CNRS - Ecole Normale Supérieure Lyon)
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Thursday 8 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Prague

Short Abstract:

The panel focuses on the role of more-than-human care in relation to broadly conceived notion of home. In what ways do home-making practices entail attention to and care for other more-than-human living beings? How can we rethink home on various spatial scales as necessarily more-than-human?

Long Abstract:

The interplay of humans and other living (and technological) non-humans has increasingly drawn the attention of social science and humanities. The entanglement of humans in a web of more-than-human relations is omnipresent and involves our homes, which we share with more-than-human others, voluntarily or not. Home as a place of dwelling occupies and stretches over different spatial scales, from the most personal places such as bedrooms and flats, to gardens, cities and landscapes, and ultimately the whole planet. On these many scales, humans co-inhabit and co-create home together with - or against the need and will of - other animals, plants, fungi, and others. In doing so, humans form more-than-human alliances and enter into wide and complex sets of more-than-human relations (of care) that help with but also exacerbate contemporary local as well as global uncertainties and crises.

The panel seeks to open novel grounds in establishing and exploring connections between more-than-human care and (widely conceived) home:

In what ways do home-making practices entail attention to and care for other living beings? How do they impact other living beings in and around home?

Contributions can cover theoretical, methodological, and empirical explorations of relevant issues of more-than-human co-habitation, particular practices of care, including those revolving around pets, pests and all in between in domestic settings, but also questions of representations of more-than-human domesticities as well as their relevance for contemporary ideas about potential futures of (unin)habitability of home on the scale from the most personal spaces to the whole planet.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 8 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Thursday 8 June, 2023, -