Read PhD Student Kymberley Chu's blog on Platypus, The CASTAC Blog

May 13, 2022

One of our newest admitted PhD student, Kymberley Chu, recently wrote on Platypus, the CASTAC (Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology, & Computing Blog). In her blog, Viral Entanglements in Malaysian Porcine Worlds, Chu compared different pig diseases to argue for a One Health approach that treats nonhuman animals as collaborators & sentient beings.

A More-than-Human One Health approach encourages cooperation among humans and nonhumans in facilitating interspecies solidarity. Perhaps, we can start by imagining post-extractivist imaginaries beyond using a negative conceptual registry of post-apocalyptic worlds. Academic spaces have the intellectual and creative capacity to trace the life and death cycles of nonhuman animals beyond extractive narratives. As our worlds become more susceptible to pandemics, the porous demarcation between domesticated/wild and human/nonhuman reveals the fragility of life under capitalism.

Read the full blog here.