Lecture: “Animal Anarchy and The Secret Life of Pets” | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Lecture: “Animal Anarchy and The Secret Life of Pets”

October 26, 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Sponsored by GSWS. Cosponsored by the Humanities Center.

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Lecture by Jack Halberstam, Columbia University

I want to lay out the stakes of the wild, build an understanding of what we might ask of animals and then conclude with thoughts on animal resistance to human management – animal anarchy here names a wild politics not scripted to the rhythms of conventional activism, not centered on a human actor and not oriented to change in any conventional way. The piece as a whole asks whether animals have already imagined the end of the human?

I will present three sections from my book in progress on wildness, each links animality to a form of queer wildness – in the first, we hear about a group of writers who want to become wild and fixate fetishistically upon wild birds. In the second section, I turn to a cute but disappointing animal revolt narrative, The Secret Life of Pets, and argue that pets are always already wild. In the final section, I imagine animal revolt or anarchy with the help of some meditations on dogs, dog owning and canine rejection of human companionship.

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