WORLD ANTHROPOLOGICAL UNION

CONGRESS 2024​

SELECTED PANEL

( pn71 )

Facing the more-than-human: multispecies approach in historical anthropology

Organizers

    Mark Harris

    United Kingdom

    University of Adelaide

    Online - Presence

    Nádia Farage

    Brazil

    Museu Goeldi

    Face to Face/ On Site - Presence

IUAES Affiliation: Anthropology and the Environment

Keywords:

multispecies, environment, landscape, more-than-human, historical anthropology

Abstract:

This panel aims to discuss the actual changes, as well as new possibilities, in the sub-discipline of historical anthropology. We wish to examine these transformations in the context of incorporating the multispecies approach in both theory and method. Indeed, reading and interpretation of the historical sources, be they written or oral, from a multispecies perspective has refreshed and enlarged the scope of the history of exploitation and the degradation of landscapes, as well as species interactions. The panel will explore the challenges for such a shift, or broadly, the challenges of a social but non-anthropocentric history of animals and plants, rivers or mountains. Papers addressing historical cases are invited to propose a discussion on the difficulties and/or impossibilities on protagonism, symmetry and polyphony for the multispecies historiography. Reversely, the panel interrogates how new agents destabilise certitudes around permanences in history, as culture or tradition.