Presentation Title: Symbionts, Cyborgs, and Other Companions

Section: New Media For Connecting Across Boundaries IV

Location: , 303

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 3:50pm - 4:05pm


In a series of creative pieces, both personal essay and short fiction, I examine human symbioses with animals. Using language as an avenue to unpack meaning, I study human participation in mutualism, parasitism, and other forms of symbiotic “living together” with non-human animals. The pieces are concerned with how the scientific informs the cultural, and with how our understanding of our natural interspecific relationships can inform our rapidly evolving definition of life in an era of cyborgs and automatons. I draw from my experience studying and living in Madagascar, as well as observations of Western culture, history, and literature and the way we have come understand our own humanity. Ultimately, this work aims to challenge how we use animals to define ourselves as distinctly human.

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: Environmental Studies

Presentation Topic: Creativity & Innovation

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Presenter(s): Anderson, Katherine Eads (Katie)
Major(s): Environmental Studies with Literature Focus
Class Year(s): 2013

Sponsor(s): Brayton, Daniel G.
Dept(s): Environmental Studies

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