ERC Project BOAR: “Veterinarization of Europe? Hunting for Wild Boar Futures in the Time of African Swine Fever.” (2020-2025) Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic.
We are thrilled to announce that the Bewildering Boar has matured into BOAR ERC Consolidator grant. We wish all people and pigs excellent start of the year and promise to be even more bewildering in 2020!
On the 22nd June, Paul Keil will be giving a (non-pig) paper at School of Oriental and African Studies, London, for the 2nd SOAS Elephant Conference. The talk is titled Scaffolding the Elephant: Becoming domestic and living by the norms of the human world
On 3 June 2019 Paul G. Keil will give a lecture in the seminar series of the Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences entitled: Piggers, pigdogs, and other pig- relations: a study of Australian hunting cultures at the feral pig-human interface. Time: 2 pm. Venue: Na Florenci 3, Prague 1.
On 16 May 2019 our team’s guest, Professor Jane Desmond, gave a lecture within Gellner Seminar series entitled: Medicine, Value, and Knowledge Across the Species Line: Contemporary U.S. Veterinary Medicine as Cultural Practice
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”
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.