Gimme Shelter: Rethinking Animal “Rescue” with Interspecies Intersectionalities
Description: Focused in the dynamics of contemporary animal sheltering, this talk examines the work of whiteness and colonialism in what Weaver terms the "saviorist storying" that circulates about, in, and through the bodies of "rescue" dogs.
Bio: Harlan Weaver is an Assistant Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at Kansas State University. He is currently completing a book titled Bad Dog (Washington University Press) on what he terms the “interspecies intersectionalities” at work in contemporary discourses regarding pit bull-type dogs and animal shelter and rescue practices. He has published articles in Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience; GLQ; Trans*gender Studies Quarterly; Somatechnics; Angelaki; and Emotion, Space and Society. His research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, The Animals & Society Institute, Uppsala University, and Kansas State University.