A sensory approach for multispecies anthropology

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    This special issue suggests that the need to examine the entangled lives of species, selves and other beings through a multisensory perspective is crucial and timely. Developing on a sensory analysis, one that emerges through what Anna Tsing refers to as the 'arts of noticing' (2015), this introductory paper explores how both nonhuman and human lives are intertwined, and how their close examination can guide anthropologists in their ability to capture the subtleties of more-than-human engagement, connection and relatedness. Through articles within this issue from Australian anthropology and beyond, we ask how becoming-with more-than-humans helps us to construct a post-humanist analysis in the combination of sensory anthropology and multispecies anthropology. Through a combination of these two fields, the paper suggests, anthropology can take up the opportunity to think about animals as subjects, through our ability to communicate beyond language and to engage in a more meaningful way through interspecies knowledge-making.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)6-22
    JournalAustralian Journal of Anthropology
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


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