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”

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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