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Beastly Technologies: New Geographies of Techno-Natures in Theory and Practice

Beastly Technologies: New Geographies of Techno-Natures in Theory and Practice

Symposium
Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
19-22 April 2017

New technologies are dramatically changing the nature of animal life, and our understanding of nature and the environment. For some, these changes indicate the rise of a "post-natural" world, or even the end of "nature" itself. For others, at the sharp end of conservation practice and scientific research more practical questions dominate. These theoretical and practical questions are entwined, and this symposium serves both as an audit of these new relationships between animals and technology, and their implications for what we do as scientists, researchers, activists, and citizens. We consider four key themes:

  • The "Wired Wilderness" Revisited: Animals, Conservation, and Technology
  • Hacking Nature: The Technological Transformation of Animals
  • Novel Bestiaries: Technology and the Representation of New Animal Natures
  • Animal Publics: Technology and the Participation of Animals in Public Life

Co-organizers: Bill Adams, Michael Bravo, Philip Howell, and Chris Sandbrook, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Contact details

For more details, please contact Dr Philip Howell.


Image courtesy of Vladimir Gvozdev, with permission.