An image of a tiger_by Nayan Khanolkar

Crooked Cats: Beastly Tales from the Anthropocene

April 21, 2023 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Asian Institute, Centre for South Asian Studies, South Asia

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The event is taking place in room 208N, Munk School, 1 Devonshire Place.
This event is a keynote presentation as part of the Centre for South Asian Studies Graduate Symposium 2023 and is open to public.
Keynote speaker:
Professor Nayanika Mathur (Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies, School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford)
This talk weaves together beastly tales of big cats that make prey of humans in India to ask what they may be telling us about a planet in crisis. There are many theories on why and how a big cat comes to prey on humans, with the ecological collapse emerging as a central explanatory factor. Yet, uncertainty over the precise cause of crookedness persists. This talk explores the many lived complexities that arise from this absence of certain knowledge to offer new insights into both the governance of nonhuman animals and their intimate entanglements with humans. It deploys ethnographic storytelling to explain the Anthropocene in three critical ways: as method, as a way of reframing human-nonhuman relations on the planet, and as a political tool indicating the urgency of academic engagement with the climate crisis.  
Image credit: Nayan Khanolkar
Sponsor:  Centre for South Asian Studies  Co-Sponsors:  Department of Anthropology and the Department for the Study of Religion
Asian Institute, Centre for South Asian Studies, South Asia


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Nayanika Mathur (keynote)

Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies, University of Oxford

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Naisargi Dave (chair)

Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto