EVENT | Murder and Mattering in Harambe’s House, 8 November 2018, Sheffield

Supported by BIOSEC

The Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre (ShARC), supported by BIOSEC, is delighted to invite you to a public lecture by Professor Claire Jean Kim (University of California, Riverside)

THU 8 NOVEMBER 2018, 17:00 – 19:00 GMT

Humanities Research Institute, Upper Hanover Street, Sheffield, S3 7QY, View Map

The event is free but please register to secure your place.

The abstract for the talk is as follows:

This talk approaches the controversy over the killing of the gorilla Harambe in the Cincinnati Zoo in May 2016 as a unique window onto the making of animalness and blackness in the contemporary U.S. The construction of the “human” in relation to both the “animal” and the “black” is explored.

Claire Jean Kim is Professor of Political Science and Asian American Studies at University of California, Irvine, where she teaches classes on comparative race studies and human-animal studies. She received her B.A. in Government from Harvard College and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. Her first book, Bitter Fruit: The Politics of Black-Korean Conflict in New York City (Yale University Press 2000) won two awards from the American Political Science Association: the Ralph Bunche Award for the Best Book on Ethnic and Cultural Pluralism and the Best Book Award from the Organized Section on Race and Ethnicity. Her second book, Dangerous Crossings: Race, Species, and Nature in a Multicultural Age (Cambridge University Press 2015), received the Best Book Award from the the APSA’s Organized Section on Race and Ethnicity as well. Dr. Kim has also written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and essays. She was co-guest editor of a special issue of American Quarterly, “Species/Race/Sex” (September 2013), and co-organizer of the Race and Animals Institute at Wesleyan University in 2016. She is a past recipient of a grant from the University of California Center for New Racial Studies, and she has been a fellow at the University of California Humanities Research Institute and a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ.

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