Decolonizing Extinction: An Interview with Juno Salazar Parreñas

Decolonizing Extinction: The Work of Care in Orangutan Rehabilitation By Juno Salazar Parreñas, The Ohio State University 288pp. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. § Colin Hoag spoke with Prof. Juno Salazar Parreñas about her recent book on the orangutan rehabilitation in Malaysia.     For Engagement readers who have not yet read your book, could […]

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The Time Travelers: Ambiguous Returns

By Elaine Gan, New York University §  H. G. Wells’ 1895 novel introduced us to a modernist conception of a time machine, a humanmade device that renders time as place, a mode of transport that shuttles back and forth along a fourth dimension that sequences past, present, and future. Wells’ lone time traveler, a man […]

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Who Is Afraid of CRISPR Art?

By Eben Kirksey, University of New South Wales § Originally published in Somatosphere A crowd-sourced Indiegogo funding campaign that raised over $45,000 for do-it-yourself gene editing kits in December, asks: “If you had access to modern synthetic biology tools, what would you create?”  This campaign, which aims to democratize science “so everyone has access,” was launched by […]

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Plantworlds in West Papua

By Sophie Chao, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia § First published in Anthropology & Environment Society’s section of Anthropology News Rejecting human exceptionalism and exploring the subjective lifeworlds and particular agencies of non-human species with whom human existence is intertwined, the multispecies turn challenges us with the possibility of biocultural hope in the blasted landscapes of the Anthropocene (Kirksey et […]

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Some Organs of My Primate Body

By Daniel Allen Solomon, De Anza College and Cabrillo College § The “monkey temple” on Jakhoo Hill in Shimla hosts a rowdy but well integrated bunch of rhesus macaques. Though the monkeys graze upon the grassy lawns at Jakhoo Mandir, and eat a variety of plant foods from the adjacent city and woodlands, they take […]

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Revisiting the Human in These Multispecies Landscapes

By Jared Margulies, University of Maryland Baltimore County § *Photographs by Indra Kumar, reproduced with permission. Indra shows me some photographs he’s taken recently of a variety of animals. I’m sitting with him as he explains why he took each picture, what he likes (or doesn’t) in each photograph, and their technical merits. These photographs […]

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What the Seed Knows of the Soil

By Kay E. Lewis-Jones, University of Kent §   Attending to the Seed On a December afternoon in the upper west side of Manhattan, a group of people sat in a darkened room and tried to think like seeds. In their hands they held their mentors – Acer rubrum seeds from a park across the street – […]

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