What might geography offer to animal studies, and the so-called “animal question”? What is animal geography exactly, and how does this approach challenge, and also build upon, conventional geography? How can an analysis of spatial dynamics potentially contribute to a deeper, more humble understanding of animals?
To answer these and other questions, we caught up with Chris Philo, a Professor of Geography currently on leave from the University of Glasgow. Philo, a dedicated archivist and interdisciplinary scholar, is the author of “Animals, Geography, and the City: Notes on Inclusions and Exclusions,” from the ground-breaking text Animal Geographies: Place, Politics and Identity in the Nature-Culture Borderlands. He is also the co-editor of the eclectic work Animal Spaces, Beastly Places: New Geographies of Human-Animal Relations. In the following conversation, Philo provides an introduction to geography, thoughts on animal agency and resistance, and some insights drawn from his research on Victorian sensibilities, the urban landscape, and animals.
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