Cow language and multispecies ethics: your reading recommendations

In our meeting with Leonie Cornips, we asked all participants for one reading tip connected to the lecture on how dairy cows relate to humans and to each other, sourcing the wisdom of our community via the Zoom chat function. Below are your recommendations. If you would like to add more reading tips on this topic, please use the comments below!

Blattner, Charlotte. ‘Animal Labour: Toward a Prohibition on Forced Labour and a Right to Freely,’ in: Charlotte E Blattner; Kendra Coulter; Will Kymlicka, Animal Labour: A New Frontier of Interspecies Justice? Oxford University Press, 2020.

Breuer, K. et al, “Behavioural Response to Humans and the Productivity of Commercial Dairy Cows” in Applied Animal Behaviour Science 66:4 (2000), 273-88.

Cornips, Leonie. Forthcoming. The animal turn in postcolonial (socio)linguistics: the interspecies greeting of the dairy cow. Journal of Postcolonial Linguistics.

Despret, Viviane. What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions? Transl. Brett Buchanan. University of Minnesota Press, 2016.

Dooren, Thom van. Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction. Columbia University Press, 2016.

—. The Wake of Crows: Living and Dying in Shared Worlds. Columbia University Press, 2019.

Gillespie, Kathryn. The Cow with Ear Tag #1389. University of Chicago Press, 2018.

Grandin, Temple (“The woman who thinks like a cow”). All her work on creating the best life for farm animals, working with farm animals

Haraway, Donna: The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness. Prickly Paradigm Press, 2003.

—. When Species Meet. University of Minnesota Press, 2008.

Kohn, Eduardo. How forests Think: Towards an Anthropology Beyond the Human. University of California Press, 2013.

Kotrschal, Alexander. Has done a lot of research on animal behaviour although it is often evolutionary focussed.

Meijer, Eva. When Animals Speak: Towards an Interspecies Democracy. New York University Press, 2020.

—. De Soldaat was een dolfijn: Over politieke dieren. Cossee, 2018.

Oehler, A., 2020. Pacing Transhumance: Examples of Rhythm Alignment in the Eastern Sayan Mountains. Inner Asia, 22(1), pp.67-86.

___. “The Care Work of Balance: Apportioning Life in Soyot Herder-Hunter Households of the Eastern Sayan Mountains.” Inner Asia, 22(2), pp.237-254.

Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria. Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More Than Human Worlds. University of Minnesota Press, 2017.
Review by J. Bernardo P. Couto Soares in this year’s LOVA journal edition (Dutch Anthropology Feminist Network).

Tsing, Anna. “More-than-human sociality: A call for critical description” in Kirsten Hastrup, ed. Anthropology and Nature. Routledge, 2015, 27-42.

Waal, Frans de. The Age of Empathy: Lessons for a Kinder Society. Harmony Books, 2011. And his other work.

S. Eben Kirksey and Stefan Helmreich, “The Emergence of Multispecies Ethnography.” Cultural Anthropology 25:4 (2010), 545-76.

Schegloff, E. “Sequencing in Conversational Openings.” In: J. Gumperz and D. Hymes (eds) Directions in Sociolinguistics: The Ethnography of Communication. Holt, Rhinehart and Winston, 1972, 346–80.

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