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Biennal de Pensament Ciutat Oberta

Lecture by Marta Segarra

Blood Ties: Animality and Intimacy



Marta Segarra explores the ambiguity of the close ties existing between human and non-human animals. This is an intimacy which can be understood in very different and even conflicting ways.

In times like ours in which frontiers, both physical and symbolic, are being questioned, the one between humanity and animality is one of the most persistent among them. We define ourselves as humans as opposed to the so-called animals and yet we are so closely bound to them that it is possible to speak of “blood ties”. In this lecture, Marta Segarra will draw on examples offered by literature and the arts of these intimate ties between human and non-human animals in order to understand “intimacy”, not only as bonds of affection and love between species, but also in relation with the breeding and consumption of animals by humans.

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