Emigrating Animals and Migratory Humans: Belonging, Prosperity and Security in More-Than-Human World

Workshop organised by Institute of Ethnology and Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences and CEFRES. Kindly supported by Strategy AV21 – Global Conflicts and Local Interactions of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Dates: 10—11 September 2019

Venue: Na Florenci 3, Prague 1, Czech Republic

In 2018, Polish authorities announced a plan to build one of Europe’s longest fences to protect the country’s Eastern border from unwanted migrants and a highly contagious disease they might be carrying. At the first glance, the plan is reminiscent of president Trump’s design for a wall along the US Mexican border, or the already built Hungarian fence at the Serbian and Croatian borders. However, there is an important difference: the disease that Polish and other European authorities fear is African Swine Fever (ASF), and the unwanted migrants are not humans but wild boars from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. The Polish plan has since been dropped, yet similar fences, such as one between Denmark and Germany, are already being built. It seems that the “Trojan boar”, the feared virus carrier, is contributing toward the resurrection of the old-new borders just as human refugees have, eroding the Schengen space of free movement. This account of foreign boars, biosecurity, and border walls is just one example of the interesting parallels between human and nonhuman animal movement and how the state organises in response. Continue reading “Emigrating Animals and Migratory Humans: Belonging, Prosperity and Security in More-Than-Human World”

BLOG POST: Poland’s wild boar targeted in pointless cull that could actually spread swine fever

Author information: Marianna Szczygielska
szczygielska [at] mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Most of Poland’s wild boars are being culled to stop the spread of African swine fever, a deadly viral disease that endangers farm pigs.

The Polish Hunting Association was mandated to organise large-scale hunts to kill more than 200,000 wild boars by the end of January, reducing its population by almost 90%. The government had been planning to erect a 1200 km-long fence along the eastern border of Poland to stop infected wild boars from moving westward, but the costly project was abandoned.

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BLOG POST: Multiple perspectives on wild boar proliferation at research symposium in Prague

Author Information: Erica von Essen,
erica.von.essen [at] slu.se

To cite: von Essen, Erica. “Multiple perspectives on wild boar proliferation at research symposium in Prague” Bewildering Boar Blog. November 2018, [https://boar.hypotheses.org/821

The rapid population spread of wild boars across Europe is generating waves of conflicts around human-boar co-existence. Researchers specializing in the wild boar from the humanities and the environmental, social and veterinary medicine sciences gathered to discuss the position of wild boars in Europe today and in the future.

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BLOG POST: Wild Boars and Family Values in Poland

Author Information: Marianna Szczygielska, szczygielska [at] mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

To cite: Szczygielska, Marianna. “Wild Boars and Family Values in Poland.” Bewildering Boar Blog. June 2018, [https://boar.hypotheses.org/472]

On May 12th, 2018 St. Hubert’s March took the streets of Warsaw for the first time. The event gathering mostly hunters, foresters, farmers and representatives of the fur industry, was organized by the Ecological Youth Forum (Ekologiczne Forum Młodzieży) to commemorate the centenary of Polish independence. One incident occurred during the parade when the police confiscated an artwork. Continue reading “BLOG POST: Wild Boars and Family Values in Poland”


We are happy to announce that Luděk Brož and Marianna Szczygielska of our team joined the ASF-STOP COST action. We are looking forward to acquiring new contacts and eventually insights into knowledge making and dissemination practices regarding the African Swine Fever (ASF) that structure, to a considerable degree, the modes of relating to and co-existing with wild boars.

(Un)Common Worlds

Marianna Szczygielska and Erica von Essen will give papers at the “(Un)Common Worlds” Human-Animal Studies Conference — 7–9 August 2018 Turku, Finland. The program looks fascinating indeed!


Chair: Erica Von Essen
Karin Dirke: Language of the Hunt; The Negotiation of Ethics and Technology in the Journal Jägaren
Marianna Szczygielska: Wildlife Revenge: Human-Animal Drama in Spoor
Erica von Essen: The Changing Wildlife Tableau – the Evolution of Hunting Magazine Covers and Trophy Shots

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Porcine Futures 1: Re-negotiating “Wilderness” in More-than-human Worlds

Feral Piglets. Photo by Craig ONeal / Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/craigoneal/6576501459/in/photostream

Workshop jointly organized by our team (CEFRES/Institute of Ethnology CAS) together with Erica von Essen (SLU) kindly supported by the Swedish Hunting Association through the grant “Challenges Facing Swedish Hunting Ethics in Post-Modernity”.

16-17 October 2018

Narodni 18, Prague 1, Czech Republic

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