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Knowing Animals: Histories, Strategies and Frontiers in Human/Animal Relations*
Barbara J. King, Department of Anthropology, College of William and Mary, will present “Apes, Elephants and the Relational Self: Thinking Through Animal Personhood” on Tuesday, March 15, 4:00pm, Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana.
Biological anthropologist Barbara J. King considers the implications of consciously creative and highly variable animal lives for the very popular (and very reductive) models of human behavior coming out of evolutionary psychology. If there is no chimpanzee nature, or elephant nature, what does this tell us about the search for an evolved human nature?
Barbara J. King is the author of Being With Animals: Why We Are Obsessed with the Furry, Scaly, Feathered Creatures Who Populate Our World (Doubleday, 2010)
This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Center for Advanced Study at 333-6729 or www.cas.illinois.edu.
*Center for Advanced Study Initiative for 2010-2011 Knowing Animals: Histories, Strategies and Frontiers in Human/Animal Relations. This initiative explores how animals are central to human understandings and experiences of the world and to the development of concepts and beliefs about what it means to be human. CAS Resident Associate Jane Desmond (Anthropology) leads this initiative.