L’(in)formation de ce qui (s’é)meut III : du terrain au texte
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L’(in)formation de ce qui (s’é)meut III : du terrain au texte

Terranus, composé de terra, “la terre”, et de nus se référant directement à la texture de la terre, le terrain est d’abord texte qui du latin texo veut dire “composer, tramer, tisser”. Faire du terrain, lire un texte, c’est y déceler une trame ou un tissage de relations. La texture d’un texte écrit, comme celle […]

L’(in)formation de ce qui (s’é)meut II : être-au-monde et savoir-vivre
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L’(in)formation de ce qui (s’é)meut II : être-au-monde et savoir-vivre

La pensée et la culture ont longtemps été considérées comme principales prémisses pour définir l’homme en contra-distinction avec l’animal. L’exploitation du nonhumain par l’humain est souvent justifiée par une supposée supériorité intellectuelle, par la capacité à ce que certains appellent la “culture” tandis que les animaux-nonhumains seraient issus de la “nature”. Concernant la notion de […]

POACHED LIVES, TRADED FORMS… Engaging with Animal Trafficking Around the Globe
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POACHED LIVES, TRADED FORMS… Engaging with Animal Trafficking Around the Globe

From the depths of the Borneo jungle through the dark web to private ménageries, this paper reflects on the expansion of contemporary wildlife trafficking and maps an early 21st century trade in living organisms, dead animal parts and metempsychic imaginaries. Involving, among many other emerging relational entanglements, life and death issues, big money, commercial routes […]

A sushi journey
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A sushi journey

In Japan, food scientists working in the highly competitive sushi-restaurant industry have for years been searching for ways to attract customers and enhance people’s dining experiences. Recently, a promising method has been to alter the taste and smell of fish used in traditional sushi dishes, which can be achieved by mixing special ingredients into fish […]

“Wounded by us, because they are like us”
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“Wounded by us, because they are like us”

Historically, there is a sense that humans and wild elephants have been able to coexist in relative peace whenever and wherever they’ve shared a common space. However in recent decades, human/elephant relations have gravitated towards conflict. On the one hand, elephant numbers are dropping precipitously in most parts of the world due to general habitat loss and […]

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HAL?

Photographs by Christian Ziegler WHAT IS HAL? HAL is short for HumAnimaLab or Human-Animal-Laboratory. And it’s a research group that aims to identify both legal and illegal wildlife trading networks at local and global scales. At the moment, HAL is curious about many things, such as the identity and relationships between network actors, the nature […]

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Wildlife Trafficking

Photographs by Brent Stirton WHAT IS WILDLIFE? The term “wildlife” refers to all fauna and flora. “Fauna” comprises all animals such as mammals, reptiles, birds and fish, while “flora” includes plants such as orchids and trees. WHAT IS THE WILDLIFE TRADE? For centuries, animal and plant life has been the object of trade by humans. […]

Requiem for a vanishing species
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Requiem for a vanishing species

” For decades, horse and camel caravans have gathered in Sudan at the beginning of the dry season, when the rivers can be forded, and then crossed into the Central African Republic. Traditionally, poachers carried only swords and lances, but beginning in the early nineteen-seventies, as Sudan and Chad were consumed by civil wars, they […]