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Vinciane Despret

Philosopher, Associate Professor, University of Liège

With a background in psychology and philosophy she is an international reference in the field of animal studies and is especially well known for her contributions in the area of relations between humans and non-humans. She presently teaches Philosophy of Science and Anthropology of Psychology at the University of Liège (Belgium). Her work, associated with that of thinkers like Bruno Latour, Donna Haraway, and Isabelle Stengers, is considered to be a leading exemplar in the so-called “animal turn” of the social sciences and cultural criticism and her ideas are expressed in such essays as ¿Qué dirían los animals… si les hiciéramos las preguntas correctas? (Cactus Editorial, 2018; in English, What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions) and, more recently, Habiter en oiseau (Actes Sud, 2019). Also published in Spanish are Cuerpos, emociones, experimentación y psicología (UNED, 2015) and A la felicidad de los muertos: Relatos de quienes quedan (La Découverte, 2016). Notable in the field of epistemology is the book she co-authored with Isabelle Stengers, Les faiseuses d’histoires (Éditions La Découverte, 2011). In 2021, participated in the Science Friction exhibit with the medium-length film by Diana Toucedo  «Camille & Ulysse», in company of Donna Haraway.

Update: 28 September 2020


Has participated in

Conversation with Donna Haraway and Vinciane Despret

Companion Species

The Planet's Voices

Science Friction

Living Among Companion Species