Title

Distillations

RIS ID

137555

Publication Details

Gruen, L. & Probyn-Rapsey, F. (2019). Distillations. In L. Gruen & F. Probyn-Rapsey (Eds.), Animaladies: Gender, Animals, and Madness (pp. 1-8). New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

Abstract

"Animaladies" conjoins two words, "animal" and "maladies" or, looked at another way, "animal" and "ladies." Whichever two words you see when you look at it, it is always three: "animal," "malady," and "ladies," a triangulation within Animal Studies that draws gender, animals, and maladies together. Fiona originally coined the term to describe the disease of current human-animal relationships, and the idea that acknowledging these maladies was a necessary catalyst for positive change (Probyn-Rapsey 2014, 4). In 2016, "Animaladies" became an interdisciplinary conference held at the University of Sydney, with Lori Gruen as the keynote speaker. The conference called for papers that interrogated the connections between gender, madness, and animality, bringing together a feminist archive on histories of madness and the flourishing field of Animal Studies.

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