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Humans and Other Living Beings EASA Network (HOLB)

Network Convenor Dr Sara Asu Schroer (University of Aberdeen), Co-convenors Dr Ursula Muenster (LMU Munich/Rachel Carlson Center) and Dr Charlotte Marchina (INALCO, Paris)

This newly established EASA network is a response to the ever increasing interest in anthropology and cognate disciplines to extend ethnographic research beyond the human to include other living beings as active participants in shared social worlds. This includes an interest in human relationships with other animals at the same time as it also embraces the manifold other life forms and organisms with which our diverse ways of life are constitutively entangled. Through paying close ethnographic attention to the possibilities and particularities of how humans and other living beings relate within ever emergent environments, anthropologists in particular, can make important contributions towards rethinking established approaches to the social and environmental challenges of our times.

It is our contention that this requires diverse, creative, curious and collaborative research and it is the aim of this network to encourage more lively conversation and exchange amongst anthropologists across European institutions and research traditions. The network is open to anthropologists in different career stages and welcomes a diversity of research orientations and interests. Besides arranging themed sessions at the biennial EASA conferences, the network aims at organising network meetings in the non-biennial conference years, initiating joint publications, workshops, seminars, working groups and other collaborative events. The network will also have a mailing list for the sharing and distribution of news and information amongst network members, as well as an online presence. Network membership is not limited to anthropologists but open to anyone with an interest in more-than-human anthropological perspectives (please note being an EASA member is encouraged but not necessary to become a member of the network).

Anyone interested in joining the network as well as to be added to the network’s mailing list please get in touch by sending an email to
Dr Sara Asu Schroer: .

If you have any ideas or suggestions for network events or any queries, please also do not hesitate to get in touch with any of us: