WORLD ANTHROPOLOGICAL UNION

CONGRESS 2024​

SELECTED PANEL

( pn100 )

Caring, Rescuing, Eating: Thinking with Animals (and Meat) in Africa

Organizers

    Shaheed Tayob

    South Africa

    Stellenbosch University

    Face to Face/ On Site - Presence

    Noha Fikry

    Egypt

    University of Toronto

    Face to Face/ On Site - Presence

    Kezra Bradshaw

    South Africa

    Stellenbosch University

    Face to Face/ On Site - Presence

IUAES Affiliation: Anthropology of Food and Nutrition

IUAES Affiliation: Anthropology of the Middle East

Keywords:

Care; religion; food; nonhumans; animals

Abstract:

Guided by the Congress call to think across geographical and sociopolitical differences, this panel brings together anthropologists working on/in South Africa, India, and Egypt. Studying food animals, street animals, and economies of meat, the conveners aim to build on & put in conversation existing libraries on post-humanism, care, food, religion, and intimacies. While animal production and husbandry easily yields itself to a discussion on food security and feeding populations, we highlight the centrality of a human-animal intimacy central to providing meat and understanding care in our worlds. In the context of the Global South specifically, scholarly discussions surrounding food are mainly limited to discussions of food security and sovereignty, caloric intakes and nutritional deficiencies, increasing food and meat imports, and changing agrarian realities (Ayeb and Bush 2019; Dixon 2015; Galal 2002; Rouchdy and Hamdy 2017; Henderson 2019; Barnes 2022). By contrast, little has been written on the role of animals and the value of human-animal relations in food production, consumption, or care in the region. While posthumanism is a growing subdiscipline largely in the Global North, animals have been remarkably absent in scholarly research in Africa and the Global South, and it is the interstices of food, care, and human-animal relations that this panel invokes as insightful to a more nuanced understanding of intimacy and food in Africa and beyond. Some key questions that this panel tackles are: How are animals/nonhumans useful as an entry point for understanding the politics of value and power in Africa & the Global South? What are the forms of human-animal relations of care (& violence) that are present in the region? How do we write about animals in ethnographically rigorous and geopolitically relevant ways? How do different animals matter in the region & what roles do they play in local economies and ecologies?